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Does Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Cause Migraines
Yes: I have treated a few patients with eeg-confirmed simple focal epilepsy (tle) whose primary presentation included unprecipitated aggressive outbursts, and even a few with atypical appetitive behaviors. As "bad behavior" has many potential causes though, please see a md specializing in epilepsy or behavioral neurology ; neuropsychiatry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more
I suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy. I was wondering what problems this can cause having my right temporal lobe removed?
Limited: Surgery removis a small amount of tissue felt responsible for your seizures/ the area can be localized with current tools such as mri, pet scans and direct eeg recording from the brain beneath the skull. In most people the dominant hemisphere of speech is on the left. Removal of the usual temporal lobe area should not affect memory or speech or cause behavioral problems. ...Read more
Get sz controlled: Not unique for temporal lobe epilepsy to cause auras of taste, smell, and even hallucinatory like activity, and presume you have confirmed diagnosis from your doctor. To control the issues, you may need specific anti-epileptic medication revision or even the placement of a vagal nerve stimulator device. In occasional cases, surgery is highly beneficial. ...Read more
Several disorders: Epilepsy (recurring seizures) can occur in several different types of inherited biochemical diseases, including organic acidemias, urea cycle disorders, fatty acid oxidation defects, and biotinidase deficiency. Temporal lobe seizures, often with sensory or auditory hallucinations, are usually not metabolic but may run in a family which is passing a genetic mutation from one generation to the next. ...Read more
Old childhood head trauma. Possible cause for temporal lobe epilepsy? ADHD? Could Neurontin (gabapentin) help with ADHD symptoms, temporal lobe trauma?
Cured?: In the hands of an epilepsy specialized neurologist and a specialty trained neurosurgeon, it can be a well treated condition if the focus is truly in the medial temporal lobe and it can be resected. Only those specialists can tell you if the disease is treatable or possibly without symptoms- cured is the difficult word. ...Read more
If untreated maybe: Death risk far higher if seizure generalizes to grand mal, and occurs while at heights or driving. Also, something called sudep, which is death during sleep. But, if one takes appropriate anti-epileptic drugs and prevents the seizures, these episodes are rare, if ever, and may very well have a normal lifespan. ...Read more
Need more words: Simple and complex focal epilepsy are difficult to diagnose, ; represent 40% of all epilepsies. Presentation varies from small motor tics, unusual perceptual disturbances, time-distortion, derealization, panic-like sxs, compulsive behaviors, catatonic variants, atypical aggressive outbursts, obsessions, and much more. See a specialist in 1) epilepsy or 2) behavioral neurology ; neuropsych. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the side: The most common problems are just headaches, infections, or the lack of seizure cure. The more scary complications are the less common complications. For instance, partial vision loss, memory problems, or speech problems are only seen in 2-5% of patients. Talk to you md about your specific case please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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