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My son was diagnosed with seizures from head injury

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 25, 2006
  • 02:42 PM

My son was diagnosed with seizures from a head injury. He's on numerous medications to control seizures, yet the so-called seizures continue to plague him but mainly at night. My question is "are they really seizures that he is experiencing" because his symptoms are that sometimes as many as 5 times during the night he will wake up and do weird things like turning the bath tub faucets on and off or he'll try to climb out of his window or one night he got in his truck and just sat there (but he was almost completely naked). The next day upon wakening he will remember NOTHING of what happened and has a tremendous headache and becomes seriously depressed.

I just wonder if this is really seizures or some other brain dysfunction.

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  • I have a 17 year old son who has done similar activities since he was a small child and he would come get into my bed at night and not remember coming into my room. Now he appears to act out his dreams. Sometimes he talks to me as though I am another character in his dreams, such as the captain of a spaceship. He jumped out his window a while back. He runs through the house and out the door yelling that the house is on fire. He has learned how to unlock the doors, so that doesn't help. He woke up in the yard one morning covered in grass. I spend most nights with one ear open so I can go catch him when he runs. I gently guide him back to bed and he goes back to sleep. Sometimes he doesn't wake up completely so I just reassure him that I am here, I won't let anything happen to him, and I sit with him until he is back in a deep sleep. He too gets terrible headaches which have kept him home from school quite often. He is a very intelligent boy, with a sharp mind. I have been taking him to different doctors for years with no success or answers. Mostly they believe that he is faking his headaches and wants to get out of school. We finally found a doctor who will work with us but the new medication she gave him caused a reaction that sent him to the hospital. Next week he goes to see a neurologist but I dont expect to get any answers there either. I understand your frustrations completely, so please dont give up. What you can do is just keep your ears open and gently guide your son back to bed when he walks in his sleep. Have you considered that the medication he is taking could intensify the problem instead of help it? Does he have these "siezures" during the day? If not then he is probably sleepwalking, or acting out his dreams. Playing with his truck, and turning on the faucets (as though he were in the tub playing), sound like something a little boy would dream of doing, just as my son dreams that he is on a spaceship and he is in charge of repairing it for me, the captain. Good luck
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