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my 16 yr old son who suffers from autism cerebral palsey ocd servere to profound hearing loss  and epilepsy has suffered 3 seizures in 2 weeks, 1 tonic seizure may 2, 1 grand mal may 7 and 1 grand mal may 17. he is now taking 1000mg depakote.  his depakote level is 105 (he weighs 98 lbs)  since his last seizure on may 17 he now cries for hours before he falls asleep, and wakes during the night crying.  i think his meds r affecting him.  can u please give me an idea to help him?  hes normally a very happy child and hes unconsolable when he cries, cries so hard at times  throughs him into a coughing fit.   thank you
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please, if anyone can help or suggest something please respond.  
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I feel sorry for your child's condition.Symptoms are not related to medicines.Addition of other antiepileptic drugs like phenytoin,lamotrigene and sedatives will be helpful for controll of his night symptoms.
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we have tried sleep medications in low dosages back in january.  he only sleeps 2 - 3 hours per night, and right now im concerned more about his crying before falling asleep. i am at a loss as to what i can do to help him.  its like he is crying in pain but went for physical last week and his pediatrician said after the exam it night be his medication or perhaps something happened to his brain during his last seizure.  i was tempted to bring him to the er several times.  do you suggest he go for an eeg or mri or cat scan?  his last mri was in september 2007 after a grand mal.
thank you for any information u may be able to give.
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If you suspect that he had any form of trauma during seizure attack then its better to go for CT/MRI brain.You can consult your pediatrician for adding of phenytoin or phenobarbitone.
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