Thank you for posting your query.
Your daughter could be suffering from a condition known as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
(JME). In this condition, the child gets jerky movements, which get aggravated with sleep deprivation
, and tend to occur mostly on awakening in early mornings.
The drug of choice in JME is sodium valproate
(valparin). So, if your doctor has not tried this drug, it should be given. Side effects are not common and seen in only less than 5% of people taking this drug.
Other drug options in JME include levetiracetam
(keppra) and clonazepam
. Keppra should be given at the correct dose, before deciding that it has failed.
Most children with JME have an excellent outcome with treatment.
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad