Patient discussion about syndrome

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Q. I have a little brother who has Fetal Alcolhol syndrome

He is 9 yrs. old & was born wi the condition.
A1HELLO jamesis,i am very sorry to here that. right now you are a good sister to him,because you want to help him by learning about your brothers desease. your brother will have a normal life because he has you to help him in life. if you have read any of my answers you now know the reason i always tell people not to drink or drink and drive--im sorry you had to find this out this way. alcohol is a drug, just because it is legal doesnt make a difference. When you get older, and if you have a family like me-you can past this lesson down to your children--you are the hope of the world,because you and your friends can pass the word down to there friends and family and maybe just maybe you can stop mothers from drinking.stay strong if you need anymore questions asked just send we an email.mrfoot56
A2Dear lady, it is terrible, when such things happen. For the moment I can give you only two links to learn about it. Please tell us more about the past - the time of pregnancy of your mother. How much alcohol did she drink? Did she take some medication in the same time? Does she use a microwave-oven? Does she use often a cell-phone? Find out as much as possible. The more you can collect on information, the better it is possible for your doctor or the iMedix-users to see some possible connections. For my part, I have difficulty to believe at the moment, that only alcohol is the cause for FAS. My mother drunk regularly vine when she was bearing me around and I don't have FAS. If we abuse, we come in trouble - by hook or by crook.
Here are the links for you:

Thank you to share about your life and your family!
A3wow...i'm sorry to hear's unbelievable how sometimes be irresponsible. drinking during pregnancy is a horrible thing to do. how severe is it? how do you cope with that?

Q. What is asperger`s syndrome?

what is asperger`s syndrome and how is it linked to Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)?
ALet me make it clear that PDD and ASD are same and autism is one of its types. Other types of PDD or ASD are asperger`s syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett's syndrome, Pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS). They all have almost similar symptoms with some major differences so they are named differently. Like in asperger`s syndrome, it’s a milder form of autism. Here a child gets obsessive for one thing and excels in it to a good level as they don’t have delay in language and cognitive development. They do face problems in social interaction.

Q. How the fetus is influenced from Bloom syndrome?

If the mother has the syndrome, what is the influence on the fetus?
A1this is from:
A2Men with Bloom syndrome are sterile; women have reduced fertility and a shortened reproductive span. Bloom syndrome patients who become pregnant are at high risk for premature delivery. Intelligence is usually normal, although mild deficiency has occurred in a few affected persons. Diabetes occurs in approximately 10% of individuals with Bloom syndrome.

Q. My brother has Asperger Syndrome, what should we do?

Thank you for your attention! My brother has Asperger Syndrome, which is also known as very high function autism. As he has grown, he has become intelligent, and he is a fully functional boy. He plays his video games, does his homework, very social, and he is a normal boy. Yeah, he may seem a bit weird (like he may talk to himself, and be loud) but he’s fully functional. He is in the 8th grade, today my mother went to an interview for his high school future. The lady wants to put him with the autistic children!?! I want him to go to basic a class that’s the lowest and easiest level, but my mom is upset, and we are worried they won't let him....what should we do?
A1it is an uneasy problem. i understand your point of view- putting him in a regular classroom can boost his development and putting him in a special classroom can cause a retardation in development. but i also understand your mother, children can be very cruel. he can get harassed and bullied and that will cause a problem too. but you can avoid that by confronting the class before he enters it and explain the situation.
A2Asperger's is a form of Autism, but on the complete opposite end of sterotype of "Autism." It's a usually a HIGHLY functional autism and is more a SOCIAL problem than anything. And as from what it seems your brother does not belong in a class with other child with Autism. My brother has dyslexia VERY badly and they wanted to put him in a classroom with children in the Boces program and we had NO, sure he has some issues, but he doesn't belong there. We had to fight it FOR YEARS to get him extra help without having him in BOCES. (He's 16 now and just got Resource Room LAST year) If you don't think he belongs there, you are GOING to need to fight it. It's a long and hard battle, but worth it! If all else fails your last resort would have to be either social services/and doctors to have your brother evaluated further to prove he does not need to be in those classes. YOUR brother must have an IEP, which was probably the meeting your mother was at discussing this, it is up to her

Q. Can Down syndrome occur again?

A few years ago, at the age of 32 my sister gave birth to a child that was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Now, at the age of 37 she's pregnant again. Can she have another baby with Down? Does the fact she has a baby with Down means she has higher risk for a second baby with Down?
A1- Older women especially after 35 years
- Previuosly child with Down Syndrome

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A2Just by the fact she's older now means she has higher risk for another baby with Down syndrome, so anyway at her age she may need to undergo more examinations, and maybe even amniocenthesis.
A3Yes, as far as I know your sister has a higher for another child with Down syndrome. She should informe her gynecologist about this and she may need to perform more tests during pregnancy.

Q. clonex symptoms in Selective Mutism Syndrome children

My son is 6.5 years old, with selective mutism syndrome - in a months time he shall be entering first grade. We have, the past 2 years been with therapists specializing in this field. He has improved outside a closed system i.e. within the kindergarten (primarily) we even see some regression. We have been at major dilemmas with giving him medication but due to the critical time - we were recommended to take 0.125 mg of Clonex medication. we are a little worried and would like to understand the possible symptoms
AAs a benzodiazepin, it can cause drowsiness, weakness and other changes in behavior. There may be some other side-effects, that you can read about here (

Q. Is Fibromyalgia a syndrome or a disease?

I've been with fibromyalgia for several years. No one seems to understand how it makes me feel and some don't even believe that I am in pain. How can I handle this? Is Fibromyalgia a syndrome or a disease?
A1Great answer But I disagree on one part and was surprised myself to find out how it is family and friends that seem to be the worse at not beliving we are sick b/c they see us everyday and "we look okay, we don't look sick". For me education the people in my life along with myself was the key to exboyfriend( 5 year relationship) never "got it" as I said current boyfriend is great BUT he learned about fibro and what I was going through...we have catch phrases for my "bad" days I tell him I am having a "Fibro" day and he knows to bear with me...we laugh together when I am "in the fog". I agree support is a key in dealing with fibromyalgia, friends and family( if they are supportive), a support group or this site is all a list of great support.And you learning as much as you can about it, so you can explain it to others, learn ways to help yourself cope and try not to stress about it. The more you stress the wors
A2Be cool!!! I have the same problem and it is really a difficult issue. Pain is a four-letter word. Pain can neither be seen, felt, touched, nor measured, and the most reliable description can only be had from the patient. Doctors call Fibromyalgia a Syndrome and not a disease. A syndrome is a group of problems, not an individual disease. These groups of problems have unique characteristics, and any one of them might be finding an effective treatment pathway, that helps us unravel the troubling problems caused by fibromyalgia. Try to share your feeling and thoughts with your family and friends and I am sure they will definitely help you.
A3does it matter? a syndrome is a number of symptoms that happen together. that means it's a disease but the cause of it is not known. that can be a definition that describe Fibromyalgia.
handling FM is not an easy task. it's a very frustrating situation. i recommend going to a group therapy of people with FM. talking with other people with FM can really make a difference.
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