At the age of 11, and after 6 years of suffering illness after illness, Vincent – a young man in Wamego, Kansas, had been tested and tested but no one seemed to be able to pinpoint the cause of his extreme discomfort and frightening symptoms. Vincent suffered from ADHD, OCD, moderate Asperger’s Syndrome, severe sensory problems, rages, trouble swallowing and even lesions on his hands as the skin would crack and peel.
Vincent was diagnosed with PANS/PANDAS, thought to be an immune response that results in inflammation of the brain in children. In turn, children quickly begin to exhibit life-changing symptoms such as OCD, refusal to eat, anxiety, tics, changes in personality, decline in cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivities, and more. Streptococcus infection is often connected to the sudden onset of OCD and/or tics along with other clinical symptoms.
A number of doctors told Vincent and his parents that he had psoriasis and extreme eczema with deep lesions. His hands were in terrible shape for nine months, no creams or other topical treatment would ease the pain. Vincent was further diagnosed, this time with a disease called Coxsackie (named for the city in NY where it was first recognized) which causes painful blisters in the mouth and small tender lesions on the palms of hands and bottom of feet.