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My mum (78 yrs old)has had her epilepsy medication changed from Phenobarbitol and Epanutin - (GP cock up- too long to go into here). To Epilim which she started last Autumn. Since then my mum has developed the following symptoms:
?Deafness; hair loss with new growth being curly; increase appetite and weight gain; loss of balance and increasingly unsteady gait, now requiring a walking stick and aid of one person; confusion, memory loss, lethargy, drowiness and increased sleeping; tremor, nose bleeds, headaches - although these have reduced once the dose was lowered; Increased urination.
?Her GP is convinced there is something organic going on ie alzhiemers, senile dementia. Two CT scans have shown no abnormalities, 2 medical teams and a Geriatition are unsure what is wrong with her.. She is to have a MRI in a couple of weeks. I feel it is the Epilim as all her symptoms started within a couple of months of starting this drug. Although given her age there is likely to be some degenerative changes seen on the MRI.
?I have had to fight to get mum seen by a neruologist and for me to be listened to.
?my mum has gone from a normal independent woman to one dependent upon her husband for all her daily needs.
?Phenobarbital and Epanutin caused her no side effects.
?Has anyone else had this amount of problems with Epilim/Sodium Valproate. Advice greatly appreciated
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