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My wife is an epileptic since age 14, menstrual onset. Seizures

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My wife is an epileptic since age 14, menstrual onset. Seizures were quite common on occasion, grand mal. Bright lights or strobes commonly triggered an episode. At age 53 a neurologist suggested a medication change from Phenobarbital and Dilantin, to Phenobarbital and Depakote. Since then she has been 25 years seizure free.
For the last 15 years she has developed shakes or tremors so severe that she has trouble eating. Tests have come up inconclusive and she has been labeled with Ataxia.
She is 67 years old and otherwise in good health. she has tried to ween herself down on the depakote dosage,500mg 3x daily.. but says she doesn't feel well on lower dosages. Any ideas, any hope. Thanks. Jim
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She went on depakote at age 43
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 1 year ago.
What is your exact medical question