PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection.
PANS stands for Pediatric Acute onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.
Both are neuroautoimmune entities where your child’s immune system is attacking their brain due to cross-reactivity with an infectious or environmental trigger.
Symptoms include sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder, motor and/or vocal tics, food restriction, regression in school, bedwetting, and/or behavioral issues.
Many doctors are unaware of the PANDAS and PANS diagnoses and therefore do not look for it. This can leave you on the healthcare hamster wheel going doctor to doctor looking for help.
It can also lead to mis-diagnosis and the prescription of many drugs that are not medically necessary.
Functional Medicine can find the cause, address it, and restore your quality of life.
John Bartemus, DC
Functional Medicine Charlotte