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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Are seizure like episodes at night normal for someone with a pacemaker?

Hello, I had a CT scan done for memory issues, tinnitus, plugged ears, blurry vision and months long headache. My neurologist said the radiologist report noted a shadow and swelling in my occipital lobe. He wants to recheck in 1 month. I have been experiencing what feels like a seizure, mostly at night. Nobody is ever around to see this, but it is disturbing to me. Should we be waiting it out? Is this normal. I have a pacemaker, so he wants to recheck on CT in a month. Any help is appreciated. Thank you
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

No, this is not normal. Pacemaker can not cause seizure like activities. So you should definitely evaluate this night time seizure activity. Best is to go for video EEG. In my this EEG is taken under video recording. So any seizure activity can be recorded. If EEG is showing abnormal waves from occipital lobe then you might be suffering from Epilepsy.
So ask about video EEG with your neurologist.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
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