According to a News Center Mains report, the mother believes that her daughter, 7, developed facial tics, OCD and sudden rage due to tick-borne bacteria.
Rebecca Jackson shared with News Center Maine the story of her daughter Gracie’s regressive behavior at school, and severe depression over time.
“That’s when she said ‘Mommy, there is a monster in my head, please get me help,'”Rebecca spoke to the outlet.
News Center Maine reported Rebecca brought Gracie to a specialist, who diagnosed her with Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (also known as PANS). It is. ConsideredTo be triggered by infections and inflammatory reactions.
After blood tests confirmed that a particular bacterium in deer ticks was responsible for PANS, Gracie received the diagnosis.
A tick-borne bacteria called Borrelia miyamotoiAccording to the CDC it has been shown to cause symptoms such as fevers, chills and headaches. It is related to Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, which also is transmitted through ticks.
News Center Maine reported that the bacteria is being investigated by researchers at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab.
“We have started testing for Borrelia miyamotoi, which is another pathogen that can be transmitted by the deer tick in Maine,”Griffin Dill, who is the manager at the UMaine Extension Tick Lab Orono, said that.
Dill explained to News Center Maine that deer ticks are much less likely to carry Lyme disease than ticks that carry the bacteria. The infection rate is below 5%.
News Center Maine reported that Rebecca did not discover a tick on Gracie. This is in contrast to other patients who have tick-borne diseases. She also did not find any evidence of the common symptoms following tick bites such as a bullseye rash or pains.
Some people do not have any symptoms.
Gracie was diagnosed with Lyme and Bartonella. This is a Lyme disease coinfection. Symptoms are usually caused by a combination of factors.Fever, fatigue, headache, low appetite, and streaked skin rashes. “stretch marks”Rebecca shared her story with News Center Maine about her pregnancy.
Doctors are trying to figure out which of these conditions—including PANS—caused Gracie’s abrupt development of seizures.
Dr. Rebecca Morrell, a doctor in naturopathy at the Integrative Health Center of Maine, advised News Center Maine that embedded ticks should be removed as soon possible to reduce transmission times.
Morrell recommends an antibiotic treatment based on symptoms. News Center Maine reported that early treatment for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases is often better.
News Center Maine reported that Gracie’s symptoms improved by more than 80% after she received antibiotics.