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What other dieases/disorders can occur with Epilepsy?

My father was diagnoised with Sudden Onset Adult Seizures in 2004, prior to that he was diagnosesd with heart popultations, and over the course of time he's gotten worse. This year has been the worst of all. As of three weeks ago they finally said he has epilepsy, but he also has some symptoms that they can't explain. A week before his seizure that started it all, he had a state of aphasia, couldn't remember our home number, then later that night developed a stutter. Later in the week the stutter worsen and he woke up on the floor, urinated on himself and lost track of time in the shower, believing he seized I took him in, they just perscribed medication, and the ct scan was clear. Since that visit he seized 3 more times, twice in one night, his stutter worsen, his memory is slowly going, his joints are stiffining, and he can barely do things on his own. The hospital still doesnt know what is causing these bizzare symptoms and he doesn't have an MRI or EEG appointment until February. He's getting worse and the appoinment is still far from now and we need some kind of answer.
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The classic physical signs of low magnesium are:

Neurological:

Behavioral disturbances
Irritability and anxiety
Lethargy
Impaired memory and cognitive function
Anorexia or loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Seizures

Muscular:

Weakness
Muscle spasms (tetany)
Tics
Muscle cramps
Hyperactive reflexes
Impaired muscle coordination (ataxia)
Tremors
Involuntary eye movements and vertigo
Difficulty swallowing

Metabolic:

Increased intracellular calcium
Hyperglycemia
Calcium deficiency
Potassium deficiency

Cardiovascular:

Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Coronary spasms

In addition to symptoms of overt hypomagnesemia (clinically low serum magnesium), the following conditions represent possible indicators of chronic latent magnesium deficiency:

Depression
Chronic fatigue syndrome
ADHD
Epilepsy
Parkinson’s disease
Sleep problems
Migraine
Cluster headaches
Osteoporosis
Premenstrual syndrome
Chest pain (angina)
Cardiac arrhythmias
Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
Hypertension
Type II diabetes
Asthma

The accepted method of testing for human magnesium deficiency by the American Medical Association is the serum magnesium test, which assesses the amount of magnesium found in the blood. However, studies have shown that, within the bounds of normal blood levels set for magnesium by the AMA, true magnesium deficiencies still occur.

Dr. Ronald Elin, M.D. Ph.D., of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Louisville has stated:

Serum and red blood cell magnesium concentrations have been shown to be poor predictors of intracellular magnesium concentration.”1

The inability of serum magnesium tests to diagnose magnesium depletion accurately is due to the fact that only 1% of the magnesium found in the body is actually located in the blood. And, as the body works with superior efficiency to keep the blood supply within a tight constant, even those with outright magnesium deficits can test within “normal” ranges.
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