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Will I Ever Grow Out Of Nocturnal Epilepsy
Outgrowing epilepsy: We now are aware of many genetic epilepsy syndromes which usually are associated with lifelong tendency to have epilepsy, a few have only night time seizures. Genetic or not, many people will have a very long or complete remission in their epilepsy. Key: insist on a treatment on which you feel good and have no seizures that is adequately affordable w/few risks then live well! ...Read more
Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. " ...Read more
Depends on state law: Depending on the state law where you live, seizures of any kind have to be in control with no recent seizure for you to maintain your drivers license. ...Read more
Seizures in sleep: Nocturnal epilepsy is epilepsy (seizures) ocuring during sleep. Sleep increases or brings out many kinds of seizures, so patients with epilepsy may have seizures during sleep. In nocturnal epilepsy, seizures are limited to sleep, such as in benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood, or in certain abnormal movements or behaviors in sleep which can be caused by frontal lobe seizures. ...Read more
Occurs during sleep: Nocturnal epilepsy is epilepsy or seizures occuring at night (during sleep). Sleep tends to bring out seizures that occur any time of day or night, but there are also some seizures that occur only during sleep, such as benign rolandic epilepsy in children or frontal lobe seizures with abnormal movements in sleep in adults. Treatment involves use of medicines to control seizures. ...Read more
I've been performing inevitable routines, isolation's always been part of me as my weird way of thinking. I have nocturnal epilepsy, all its fault?
No real fault: Epilepsy and behavior are closely linked. Having epilepsy can make you feel depressed or isolated, and feeling isolated can bring out epilepsy. Emotional reactions can be a result of epilepsy medication. Sleep deprivation from nocturnal seizures can cause behavioral problems and promote more seizures. These issues need to be addressed with your doctor in detail. ...Read more
Seizures are abnorma: Nocturnal seizures are seizures that occur during sleep. These may be benign, as in benign rolandic epilepsy of children. They may be seizures that occur during the day as well as at night (not uncommon). They may also be seizures (such as frontal lobe seizures) occurring only during sleep with resultant abnormal behavior in sleep. A seizure is never normal and should be evaluated by a neurologist. ...Read more
Not typically: Virtually anyone's brain will seize if you do enough bad things to stress it, in research it is common to model epilepsy by placing certain irritating chemicals on the brain of mice. While the effect of marijuana on lowering one's seizure threshold (tendency of the brain to have seizures) isn't that clear, it is an illicit substance and may contain things like Cocaine or meth, that cause seizures. ...Read more
History of sezuires rare form of nocturnal epilepsy. Havnt had one for 13 years until the other day. Could this be the same types of sezuires again?
It could be: The most likely based on probability would be SAME or SIMILAR type of seizure but it's altogether possible that it could be different. Only you would have the information available for someone such as myself to make that call. Are you followed by a neurologist? Have you reported this to anyone? Are you on medication? Do you think the price of a Mars bar will go up even though gas prices are DOWN? ...Read more
Does not sound norma: That is certainly a possiblity and there are other "parasomnias" that can cause this behavior. This is easily clarified with a sleep study which a primary care doctor can arrange. During a sleep study brain waves and patterns are measured and epileptic behavior would likely be detected. It would also be noteworthy to keep a log before any appointment as to how he feels after sleeping like that. ...Read more
I've got nocturnal epilepsy, if I suddenly stop taking anti-epileptic drugs (200 mg, twice a day) would that effect my brain?
Potentially: Seizures are aberrant discharges of your brain so if you have seizures whether they happen during the day or night, your brain is in a frenzied state for some time and then enters a dormant type of state (post ictal). The hard part about nocturnal seizures is that since unconscious when asleep, could be happening many times. That may lead to a status condition in some people. Speak with dr. ...Read more
If a 15 year old was diagnosed with primary generalised epilepsy could they still grow out of it?
Constant body itching more persistent at night I have epilepsy grandmal none since first diagnosed on meds for a few years. What could it be?
Check liver function: Especially if your appetite is off. This could be an adverse reaction to the medication or even a delayed drug allergy. Or it could be an issue unrelated to medication (dry skin, bed bugs, change in fabric softener or laundry detergent causing a low grade skin reaction. If the itchiness is localized to one side of the body and spreads from one area to another think partial elementary seizure. ...Read more
It's possible.: Depending on which type of epilepsy you have and what a recent eeg shows, it is possible. Generally, neurologists like to have patients be seizure-free and have normal eeg's for a few years before considering stopping medication. You and your doctor can discuss how long you need to go with normal eeg's and no seizures before a trial off medicine. ...Read more
My daughter has epilepsy that is well controlled with her medication, is it possible that she could be having seizures at night anyway?
Unlikely: If u say she is controlled. Why u r making this assumption? ...Read more
Seizures at night: A genetic form of epilepsy with onset in childhood, associated with clusters of seizures most nights, during sleep. Seizures are from the frontal lobe and often involve wild movements of the arms and legs. Need to try prevent injury from seizures. Treatable condition with antiseizure medications, but often difficult to control completely. Sometimes improves in adulthood. ...Read more
Nocturnal seizures: Adfle is an epileptic disorder that causes frequent, violent seizures during sleep. These seizures often involve complex motor movements. Vocalizations such as shouting, moaning or crying are also common. Adfle is often diagnosed as nightmares. Attacks often occur in clusters and typically begin in childhood. ...Read more
My doctor thinks I have nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, so I'm going to have an EEG. Nobody in my family has this though. Why would I have this?
Frontal lobe: epilepsy is the most common type (after temporal lobe) featuring partial seizures. While it can run in families other causes include birth defects of brain tissue/dysplasia, abnormal blood vessels, old trauma, scars from prior infections. In about half of cases, though, no cause is determined. Treatment is quite effective with appropriate medications. Though scary, if diagnosed, you can manage it. ...Read more
My momhave epilepsy and doctor recommend tegretol tablets 200mg in morning 400 mg at night but I always forget morning one so can I take both together?
No.: Because of the rate at which tegretol is broken down, or metabolized, it needs to be dosed twice daily. If you only give it to her once a day you are increasing her risk of having a seizure. Having a seizure can result in serious injury or even death sometime. Do you and your mom a favor and set an alarm for her to take her pills. It is nice that you are trying to help your mom. Good luck! ...Read more
Lately have been waking up feeling confused--don't know where I am--possible nocturnal partial seizure? Diangosis with epilepsy-no known seizures for 1.5 yrs
See below: Agree with dr. Lin. Waking up confused is concerning for epilepsy especially with a past history, but it can also be fragmented sleep due to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. If you have bitten your tongue, wet the bed, or have body aches, it can further point to seizures. It is best to consult a neurologist, at this point, to evaluate your events at night ; manage your lamictal, if needed. ...Read more
Can you tell me in the summer I was diagnosed with juvenlie myoclonic epilepsy could a seizure happen at night?
First...: Although possible, it is DISTINCTLY uncommon to begin having seizures due to JME at 42. The syndrome comes on a puberty, and is genetic (autosomal dominant with variable penetrance). Second...yes. Although people with JME more often have seizures shortly after awakening, some can have seizures at night. I'd make sure an epilepsy subspecialist concurs with diagnosis. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?
Are most likely to occur around the time of awakening. Other seizure types associated with JME can occur in sleep more than when awake (focal seizures, GTC, secondarily generalized GTC) Absence seizures tend to be brought out by hyperventilation if they occur at all.
No two cases, to me, are identical making diagnosis a bit tricky. Best of luck. (Treat with Depakote, Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal) ...Read more
Can I grow out of epilepsy if I am seizure free for 14 years been on Dilantin levels only 3.1 for 14 years have anxiety over this?
Discuss with doctor: This is a common issue you should discuss with your neurologist. It depends on the cause of your epilepsy. If you had only one seizure and normal mri, no cause found (called idiopathic epilepsy) your chances are good. But if you have a scar or lesion on your brain, your eeg is abnormal off dilantin, you have had brain surgery, etc., the issue is more complicated and doubtful. ...Read more
Does nocturnal temporal lobe epilepsy disappear? I have no seizures since 7 years. The seizures were 40 seconds long. I've always taken carbamazepine.
Can: Most large studies of withdrawing seizure medicines were done at the 2 yr seizure-free mark. Evaluation by a neurologist can help evaluate the risk of tapering off. Eeg and MRI along with the history and exam help determine chances of success. If it's the genetic nocturnal tle, then recurrence would be likely off aeds. ...Read more
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