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Suffering from jerks, pain in right arm at the elbow, tremors. Taking epilum. Cure?

my son who is sixteen was diagonized with jerks and put on epilum from january this year. he has been doing fine but yesterday he started complaining of pain in his right hand at the elbow . what could be causing this pain. he also suffered a tremor on his hands last wednesday for about 10 minutes and then they disappeared
Asked On : Thu, 8 Nov 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Jerks in your son could be related to the myoclonic epilepsy, and is well treatable with medications.

The drug of choice for this condition is sodium valproate (epilim), which your son is already taking. However, it may be required for a long time, at least 3-5 years.

The pain near elbow is unrelated, and may be related to local injury or sprain. If needed, analgesics such as ibuprofen may be given.

Tremors of hands could be related to anxiety or weakness. In rare cases, epilim can also cause tremors as a side effect. Please discuss this with his neurologist.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Thu, 8 Nov 2012
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