Epilepsy

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. The seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain send out the wrong signals. People may have strange sensations and emotions or behave strangely. They may have violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness. Epilepsy has many possible causes, including illness, brain injury etc.

Questions and answers on "Epilepsy"

Dear Doctor, i am suffering with epilepsy since 2006 and i am on Oxetol 600mg 3 times a day. Recetly my hands are slightly shaking so my Nero advised me to take Tryptomer 10mg I took it last night and felling very sleepy. should i continue? and i read in one of the website that taking this pill will lowers the epilepsy threshold so will i get the seizers again?

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Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your diagnosis, medications and current symptoms.

In my opinion, you should stop taking tryptomer (amitriptyline) for two reasons- firstly, it is not needed in your case, as it would not reduce your tremors. Secondly, drowsiness is a side effect...

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hi i am suffering from epilepsy every reports are normal and doctor starts zeptol cr from 300 mg for one week and 400 mg for onward when i took 300 mg i was ok but in 400mg after a small sleep(1hour) i am feeling that every thing is rounding .please suggest.

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Epilepsy can occur with Normal MRI.
we call it idiopathic or cryptogenic epilepsy.
Prognosis in such cases remains good and most patient do well with small doses of anti epileptics.
Zeptol is good anti epileptic but Sedation is a side effect. But don't worry....it will subside over few...

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My father is 84 years old. he has just got an epilepsy problem on friday. He has got this same problem in 2009. now dr has diagnosed that it is a case of epilepsy by the symptons. he is now on medication - taking valtec. which is best for him, please

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Hi,
Medication for seizures has to be individualized for all patients. It is best decided after a thorough examination and history by a neurologist. Some medications may be suitable but others may cause reactions or won't work that well for the patients, in that situation they need to be changed...

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Hi, my name is sumanth i am suffering from epilepsy past a decade & stopped getting fit so discontinued taking medication, past from 9 months i am getting fit for every 90 days inspite of medication now i am using tablet oxetol600 & levipill250, i am doubt wether is it cureable or permanent.

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Hi, Welcome to Health care magic forum.
There are so many factors, and you are getting the fit every 90 days, means you must be different every 90th day, may be with tension, taking alcohol, taking some medicine like antihistamine, antibiotics etc.
I advise you to consult a neurologist for...

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As per EEG report i suffered from epilepsy on 25th august. my MRI report is normal. Doctor adviced me to take vinlep 300mg for 6 months. we are trying for conception. so it would be possible that i may become pregnant this month. so kindly tell me the side effects of vinlep. is it harmful to the baby. if i stopped taking the tablets, are there any chances of epilepsy again? kindly help me

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Hi, How are you doing
I think you should immediately meet your neurologist & tell him that you are trying for pregnacy. There are many safer alternative medicines in market.
Common side effects are Bowel problems (Constipation,diarrhoea), dizziness, headache,stomach pain,nausea,tiredness,vomiting...

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im 6 month pregnant with epilepsy trouble . im on lametec 100 dt with no episode of an attack in last 2 and half years. should i reduce the dose to prevent the side effects in pregnancy . my weight has jumped from 79 kgs pre pregnancy to 86 kgs now. i was on 75mg lametec till first tremester of pregnancy. kindly advise

i am 18 wks pregnant i have epilepsy since 9yrs this is my second baby thou it is 18 wks i cant feel the movement i am taking levipil 1500mg per day but i never experienced this for my first baby i got my scan done during 17 wk cardiac activity is good pls suggest me doctor

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do not worry
there are differences in people in the ability to percieve movements early in pregnancy
if the scan is normal relax
The safety of LEVETIRACETAM during pregnancy and lactation is not yet established reliably
so better to stick to ur neurologists presctiption n regular scans


it s not...

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hi I am a 30year old male I have suffered epilepsy from a young age last fitted 4 year ago I have just coughed up blood now feel really lighttheaded and dizzy also sweating a lot what can be the problem I have tried something to eat incase I was hungry but it didnt help

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your history and present complaints. There is no connection between your past history of epilepsy and the current coughing of blood.

This needs further evaluation, with Chest X-ray and sputum culture examination.

You can consult a pulmonologist...

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Najma 72 years old weight 70 kg she is EPILEPSY patient from 6 years Hypertensive from 10 years Diabetic 20 years but diet control no medicine from 5 years Urinary track infection oftenly AF 2 years back cause low potassium and some time hyponatrimia Medicine she is taking are EPIVAL 500 1.5 + 1 + 1.5 DYHIDAN 100 0 + 0 + 3 NORVASC 5 mg 1 + 0 + 0 MEROL 25 mg 1 + 0 + 0 folic acid cualson D multi vitamin cause of UTI she mostly on anti biotic problem is the Seizures they are not going stop she suffer from seizure about once in a month she is going so week and full dose of epileptic medicine the level of medicine are going low serum phenytoin 12.8 serum valproic acid 36.7 what should we do?

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my baby 6 months old has subvolemic brain may be due to post birth meningitis his EEG abnormal and getting infantile spasms of 2 sec duration around 20-30 each with 6-8 hrs duration. All his milestone normal till date with 9.3 kg weight and head circumference normal he is twin with exact same performance with other child----he got first spasm at 2 month old and started with phenobarbitone and no spasms for next 3-1/2 months last week started these spasms again and started with sodium valporoate 100 mg twice a day last week but not very effective what should we do...

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I am wondering about some numbness that I get fairly easily in my body. I looked through the Internet and saw that this numbness can be caused by an underactive thyroid, and of course, the heart. Does the vagal nerve stimulator that I had placed in my chest about 9 years ago to help with my epilepsy affect the thyroid in some way? Went to the hospital to see about any problems with the heart about a year ago. They tested it, and drew some blood. They didn t give me any warnings about heart problems though. Or, does this have anything to do with all the prescriptions I take with my epilepsy and depression-- Depakote, Lamictal, Felbatol, and Levocarnitine (Carnitor)? I heard about some of the other symptoms that the underactive thyroid can cause that I also have-- being sleepy very easily, depression, and often feeling cold.

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My story is a difficult one, I went through a rough patch last year, Myself and my wife was looking to buy a new house and we battled to find one for 9 months, whilst staying with my folks. This made me a bit depressed so went out a lot with my friends and drank a lot of whiskey and smoking cigarettes. We then finally got the house we wanted, me being very excited, went out with friends and got horribly drunk and smoked a half a packed of menthol cigarettes. The next morning i was very sick, with a huge hangover, this carried on for 2 weeks. I was urinating like a racing horse. I also felt that my kidneys were very tender, I went to the doctor and she gave me a cortisone injection. Then i went to a doctor and he told me I had crystals in my kidneys and that it would go away. I have to drink a lot of water and drink citro soda to flush my kidneys clean. I also used to drink allergex antihistamine which was a sedative drug. The doctor told me this makes people drowsy and that I should rather use Loratadine because it is not a sedative drug. When I started using this drug i made me feel very funny but I thought it would be a side affect, after a weeks use of this medication i stated getting panic attacks. This then made my brain felt like it was making waves like the ocean, also a feeling of being drunk and I new something was not right in my brain. I then went out with my wife to her companies year end function and had one glass of Champaign and two shooters. The following eve i got another pannic attack. I went to bed and slept, i woke up at 3 in the morning and it felt as if my brain was running like a V8 Engine. and at a high frequency pitch. I then walked in the house feeling very restless I could not stand i could not sit still. This continued for 3 days, then I admitted myself into hospital. I was diagnosed with psychomotor epilepsy (TLE) ( The psychiatrist told me my brain frequencies are out of synch) . I was then put on Alprazolam medication and zyprexa and epilim. This didn’t make me feel very good my sight wasn’t good and dint feel myself. As soon as people came near me I wanted to hurt them stab them with a knife if I was eating. And my vision was not good as if I was in a dream state. I then went back to the doctor saying that I stopped taking the eplim, she then changed the medicine to tegratol and seroquel. The seroquel was a total brain dysfunctional, So I stopped taking the seroquel medication and only drank the tegratol. I could do nothing at work my brains memory and concentration was of that of a gold fish ( with the seroquel). I then went to neurologist for another scan and he said there is no more brain problem and that there is no more epilepsy. The doctor took me off the Alprazolam and I woke up at three in the morning. I then admitted myself into hospital where they pumped all medication out of my body, and then they gave me urbanol, 75mg of lamotrigine, 2 tabs camcolit and etamien to sleep. I then went back to sphyciatrist and she gave me Epilim again, I again didn’t drink it, cause it made my brain feel funny. I then decided i wanted to go to a sleep clinic where there was another neurologist, he told me I had an illness and that it was not epilepsy. He then send me to another psychiatrist. I am now on 100 mg of lamotrigine, 100mg malipoxin (trazodone), and clonazepam (Rivotril)



I still have weird feelings in my brain, which is only related to extreme anxiety. There are periods during the day that I feel horribly drunk (Intoxicated feeling) as if I had a whole bottle of whiskey and feel as if the brain cells are burning. I have heached over my two frontal lobes, headaches on the side of my head. I get lots of cold sweats, I stress a lot on how I feel, which I know is not good for the anxiety, My body is sore in the morning as if I have flue, and also periods during the course of the day I Have feeling as if something is eating my brain. I also had brain fog symptoms, somptoms of my brain being squeezed, as if it is dehydrated. My brain doesn’t feel clear, as if the brain power is suppressed. I also have a feeling of having a hang over sometimes. My brain feels like water moving in the ocean.

I have read a lot on the internet on diseases like dementia and other mental illnesses. But I think I have severe anxiety which was caused by the alcohol. Im still concerned that I have brain damage

I am not an alcoholic, I only drink with my friends, And I don’t smoke during the day. I only had 5 hard party sessions in 2 months. I don’t have any cravings besides for sweets (Sugar)



Could the cigarette smoking together with the alcohol cause temporary seizures? I am so worried about brain damage, or is the anxiety making me feel stupid with not good memory and concentration. I had one MRI and two EEG scans. I am so paranoid and worried about my health. It feels like a live in a dream. Should I go for any other brain scans? Like a PET CAT, MEG scan?

I think the anxiety is also physically killing me.

I have now also gone for acupuncture sessions. As the doctor in our church which specialises in Chinese medicine says my central nervous system is going up and down. Every doctor has something else to say and it is freaking me out.



Please help

Eon

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