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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 18, 2008
  • 00:01 AM

my 9 year old child has had an illness over the past 2 weeks for which everyone (pediatrician, GP, psycotherapist and myself) have all had differing views of its cause and diagnosis. 2 weeks ago she seemed to become quite absent, complaining of a sore neck/back of head and back and saying she felt funny. One eye was extremely blood shot. Over the course of 15 mins, her neck and torso became increasingly numb and I tried to get her to walk every 5 mins and this became worse until I needed to physically support her. I decided to get medical help when she could not feel or move her torso or neck. She was admitted to hospital and monitored over night. Various blood tests were done and an MRI of her spine, which was clear of inflammation. It was at this point that the pediatrician said he suspected conversion disorder. She has had physio to help strengthen and regain control over her affected body parts and is recovering very well. 3 weeks previously, she had been admitted to hospital with what turned out to be secondary encephalitis followed by a salivary gland virus which presented and was treated as mumps(since been confirmed negative). Shortly after recovery a skin lesion which became infected was treated with oral antibiotics. One week later, this episode occurred. Some people believe that it could be viral related, post viral fatigue and one person said compulsive repetition. All of these conflicting views has left me very distressed and unable to come to any conclusions and thus explanation for this problem. Worst has been, what to tell my daughter as I don't want to add to her distress with conflicting explanations. Any ideas please?

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  • I don't know but if it started after taking antibiotics it could be fungal.
    stanleybrown 29 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 06:07 PM
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  • A great naturopathic doctor once told me that a child can have measles, even if they were innoculated. They can get the measles without the rash, but it's still the same with all of the complications. Now, modern medicine would disagree with the old doctor, but you would believe her if she was in front of you. The fact that she then got encephalitis, a complication of measles, and the the one sore...well, the sore should be scraped and ran through the lab to make sure she didn't pick up a staph infection at the hospital. You need to keep an eye on her; of course I don't have to tell you that. Make sure she gets plently of water.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
    • 06:24 AM
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  • Measles would be indicated if the infection was in the partoid glad. which is the large saliva gland on the side of the face.I would go with Adenovirus. Explains the Conjunctivitis, Encephalitis, but the gland infection is kind of hard to link.Enterovirus 70 is a very very rare possibility. This would only be a possiblity if there has been contact with a person outside of the US (Europe, asia, africa)
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
    • 03:19 PM
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  • Has anyone thought about PANDAS? Try here: http://intramural.nimh.nih.gov/pdn/web.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 08:56 PM
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