Originally Posted by Lara
Does he take any medications for the ADHD, Asthma and/or GERD?
How is he doing at school?
Has he followed all his developmental milestones when he was little?
Is he a sociable little guy or not?
Has school mentioned anything out of the ordinary to you?
Do these movements only happen when he's in bed or asleep? What about when he's just walking around during the day?
He wasn't sick with anything before the very first episode that he had? No Strep. throat or anything like that which needed treatment?
So very sorry if I asked too many questions.
K im trying the quote thing so hopefully I wont miss answering any questions and thanks greatly for the reply!
1)Medications~ He is on an abundance of medications. He takes 4 a day for gastro issues, he is on 3 a day for allergies (to help with asthma flair up which is allergy induced), 1 seizure medication, and on 2 for asthma when he has flair ups. He is no longer on adderol (which for some reason his neurologist put him on even tho it red flagged with some of his other meds when i searched them) because his last bad myoclonic episode happened roughly 2 weeks after he was put on the medication.
2)School~ School is a sticky situation at the moment. He was in one teachers class (awesome teacher) at the beginning of the yr after first report cards they brought in an extra first grade teacher to the school and though i tried to let the principal know he didnt not handle change well they switched him into a class with the new teacher. She has a totally different teaching style and disposition i guess you can say then his original teacher so after the switch we noticed his grades falling etc. Im having to work with him at least 1-2 after school is over(basically being mama drill Sargent) just to help him retain what they've learned, his grades are still passing but as someone who sees the after math at home i can honestly say he is struggling to stay afloat, however if you ask the teacher only praises are sung. I requested testing for special education though and we have an eval for testing soon.
3) Developmental milestones~ i would have to say yes although my memory is horrible and i tend to always want to see positive the ones hes had were so slight they can be easily over looked. He had speech regression around the age of 1 due to needing tubes in his ears once we got the tubes he started moving forward again. Hes never been diagnosed (and i don't know if there is such a diagnosis) but even now he has problems trying to i think the term is self sooth? Which oddly enough seems to be getting a little worse as the yrs go by but not horribly so.
4) Sociability ~ He is fairly sociable. He has the normal wariness of strangers but all the parents of children from his school sing his praises about how much they hear his name from their children. The teachers at his school also go on about what a sweet child he is. However if you ask him he'll say he has no friends and no one likes him and unlike my nieces he doesn't have any friends who invite him over to play or anything.
5) Movements~ All of them typically occur while he's in bed right before REM sleep (which is typical for myoclonic jerks) and he typcially has none during the day unless its the day after one of his "bad episodes" then they can occur while hes awake as well as a palsy like head movement. What confuses me about the movements is the severity and the duration of them during the "bad episodes" they don't fit any of the research I've done on myoclonic jerks. The actual movements his body makes are also different, I've only seen one video on youtube of an infant that was even slightly similar. Also during the day he can be caught "zoning out" so to speak where as my family calls it the lights are on but no ones home.It typically takes touching him, calling his name loudly or saying it multiple times or my sister yelling theres candy to snap him back in. It doesnt happen everyday and I'm sure can possibly be attributed to the adhd but after reading of absence seizures recently I find myself wondering now.
6) Sickness~ No not that i know of short of the typical booboos and colds and such.
There was a period over the past few years where he did have strep every time we turned around but he still has his tonsils.One of the cases of strep he had was weird as well since it never showed on any strep tests, the only reason we knew he had to have it is because his hands and feet started peeling. I think the doctor called it scarlatina? Which i guess is only caused from untreated strep. One day though we just didn't have an issue with strep anymore. Now he rarely gets it.
It was a very stressful time for my family however when his first episode came due sickness in other family members etc (we had 2 family members die in the week his first episode occurred but neither were before his first episode) that day he was as happy as he always was then nothing out of the normal by that night when he went to sleep though is when his first one occured and it was bad enough to take him to the emergency room. None of them could say what it was besides a bad case of myoclonic jerks they sent him to a neurologist who put him on anti convulsants for roughly 2 weeks then they took him off again because he had no more activity like what had occurred.
The EEG was normal, and of story he had no need for the neurologist or anything. It wasnt until roughly 2 yrs later that he had another bad episode. Also as he gets older the nightly jerks are getting worse (in the aspect that now the very mild ones occur atleast 6 night out of every 7)
I hope I answered everything sufficiently I tend to be scatterbrained with details at times, and this week has me feeling kinda loopy lol (they added another test for the upcoming week for gastro lactose intolerance test :/ and his mri is also coming up) Oh and still no report back on his most recent EEG results. Will keep you posted tho! And thanks again its so nice to have someone to talk to !