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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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