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Minnesota Mom

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    PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections
  1. I have had a couple families contact me in the last couple of weeks about their children suddenly different. I live in MN and a year ago I was in the same spot these families are. I do not have any good local resources on doctors to see that have heard of PANDAS. There is one specialist at the U of M (where we got our Dx), but the urgency to get some help and the long wait to get into this provider doesn't help these families in desperation to understand what is wrong with their child. Any ideas?
  2. We are seeing an OCD specialist and I feel your frustration. It seems to be a very straight forward approach "talk back to the OCD". Although I think my son has benefited from the first few sessions, I feel like we aren't making anymore progress. On a selfish note...i'm exhausted from repeating my son's struggles to multiple people weekly.
  3. To be honest she really isn't up on the latest research. I have had to do my own research and then relay the info to her. On the up side she is willling to learn and she does have an understanding of the whole concept. I am looking for a doctor locally to follow my son now that we are finished with the NIH research study.

  4. To be honest she really isn't up on the latest research. I have had to do my own research and then relay the info to her. On the up side she is willling to learn and she does have an understanding of the whole concept. I am looking for a doctor locally to follow my son now that we are finished with the NIH research study.

  5. Hi again. How is treat ment working with Dr. Bernstein?

  6. anyone have a good remedy to help with stomach irrritation due to the propholactic PCN my son is taking? He is on Penicilllin V 250mg twice a day. I give him one probiotic supplement a day.
  7. Hi Jeremy, I'm glad you found me, it is good to connect w/ other families in the area. We saw Dr.Bernstein at the U of M for the official diagnosis and initial treatment.

  8. Hi, I'm a western wi dad, 1 hr from the twin cities. I'm looking for a PANDAS doctor. Wondering where you got the pandas dx?

  9. Has anyone else had your child complain about being dizzy during an exacerbation? My son has experienced dizzy spells lasting about two days at a time. The first time it happened my son's gait was off too. I mentioned this to the PANDAS research doctors when we were at our first visit and the thought was it could be hyperglycemia. My son has on three seperate occasions has had episodes of dizziness, nausea, unsteady gait, with these symptoms coming and going for about a week. Any ideas?
  10. We are in the research study and has been a great experience. You have the leading doctors researching and treating PANDAS working with your child. We got placebo the first time. I am a firrm believer that IVIG works. Within days of treatment I saw huge changes and the recover after IVIG was rapid. We are 3 months post IVIG and my son is 95% back. Look beyond the tests and procedures, they do a great job of comforting you and your child through all of this. The spinal tap really was no big deal. I think you will be grateful you enrolled. I got cold feet right befor our first visit, bu
  11. My heart breaks reading this. It brings me right back to where we were 4 months ago. We too made that same trip to the ER without any relief other than this is anxiety and we need to get him into counseling. Clearly not anxiety. Psychiatric symptoms do not come on overnight. I am so glad you found this forum, it will be your best tool to keep you moving in the right direction. I agree you are probably going to have to seek medical help outside your state if you don't find someone locally that understands PANDAS. I found that the doctors in my area wanted to treat the symptoms and not ad
  12. Has anyone had a child with a previous diagnosis of ADHD before PANDAS and after PANDAS experienced the intense hyperactivity? Our son was diagnosed with ADHD 2 years prior to having PANDAS at that time we had more of the inattentive and poor focus concern, not hyperactivity. Since having PANDAS (diagnosed May 2011) we initally struggled with the intense OCD and then it moved to intense hyperactivity and has been flip flopping ever since. If you have this same scenario, how are you dealing with this in school? My son is not able to focus and causing a lot of interuptions in class.
  13. My 10yr old son had something similar to this for about 2weeks. We have had a MRI and EEG, which were all normal. I think this is part of the PANDAS, chorea movements. I know how concerning this is. I don't think it would hurt to have an EEG just to make sure nothing else is going on.
  14. MinnesotaMom-

    I'm a Minnesota Mom also and my son was also initially diagnosed with probable PANDAS (he had high strep levels in his blood, his tics came on suddenly, he sort-of regressed with behavior and his speech became garbled). He was put on antibiotics. Seemed to help initially (esp w/speech, behavior), but then leveled off. We decided to DC 8 mo. later. I'm unsure wheth...

  15. As far as the research and SSRI's, to be eligible for the study you can't change anything prior to being excepted. We were already on the SSRI and my son was still in an extreme exacerbation so I guess the SSRI's weren't a factor for us. What did you see with your child that made you think the SSRI's made the symptoms worse? I have read this from other parents and I just am curious. Why does the specialist say no to SSRI's? What is the reasoning? I'm just trying to gather up as much info as I can. Any input would be great. I too am surprised that they would allow SSRIs in the s
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