I have TLE (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy), diagnosed March this year. When I menstruate I get seizures. What can I do to stop the hormone imbalance?

Catamenial epilepsy. This is not an uncommon scenario particularly in young women with epilepsy. Fortunately, this can be controlled in the vast majority of women with medications, sometimes with additional meds at the time of menses. Meet with your neurologist to discuss options to address these seizures at the time of your menses.

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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...

What to do for rage outbursts most probably stemed from temporal lobe epilepsy? Is controlling the seizure better with different medicine to reduce it?

Change in treatment. Hello and thanks for using healthtap. Psychological changes related to temporal lobe epilepsy, including rage, are related mostly to lymbic system involvement by seizures. These changes are known as interictal syndrome. Better control of seizures should minimize these behavioral changes too. If rage outbursts happen don't correspond with seizures activity, then Psychiatrist evaluation is needed. . Read more...

I have temporal lobe epilepsy, and after a seizure I am exhausted for days. Normal?

Can be. Depends partly upon whether your seizures "generalize" (turn into a convulsion). If so, being tired for a day or two would be common. For a complex partial seizure, usually folks recover more swiftly, but occasionally i see a patient who takes longer than normal to recover. Read more...

What are psychological or cognitive conditions that may go along with temporal lobe epilepsy? Can tle affect executive functioning, being impulsive?

Temporal lobe epilep. These seizures may cause anxiety depression and other mood disorders. Impulsivity may also be present which can affect executive function. Read more...
Geschwind's syndrome. Classical personality interictal changes, include lack of sexual interest, hyper-religiousity or multiple conversions, excessive writing or drawing, obsessional activities, labile emotional shifts such as mania, depression, guilt, anger, hostility, emotional intensity. Even the bible describes these sorts of personalities. Read more...

What is the best advice to give my brother who has been diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy?

To take his medicine. Since you are 62, your brother cannot be a lot younger, which suggests that his epilepsy is probably due to a concussion (even if it occurred a long time ago), a small stroke, or another brain lesion. Mri scan may be able to establish the underlying cause and possibly lead to removal of this cause. However, whatever the cause, it is not likely that the epilepsy will stop on its own any time soon. Read more...

Is nicotine in itself dangerous in any way? Do people with temporal lobe epilepsy or other neurological disorders tend to crave it?

Nicotine Addiction. Nope. Without first being exposed to nicotine no human craves it naturally. Read more...
Unhealthy. Not "dangerous" but considered unhealthy - nicotine promotes atherosclerosis and slows down wound healing etc. Regarding craving, many people like it (not particular to epilepsy). A remarkable chemical - perks one up and calms the nerves at the same time. Most stimulants cause jitters, most relaxants cause sedation, while nicotine combines excitation and relaxation with few side effects. Read more...

I'm 18 yrs old and have temporal lobe epilepsy. Is smoking marijuana bad for this?

Yes and no. In a strict sense, no, ingestion of marijuana actually raises the seizure threshold. However, more concerning are indirect effects: epilepsy can coexist with depression, which may be worsened by marijuana. Smoking anything can worsen lung function. Marijuana may induce some liver enzymes, which may speed up elimination of some antiepileptic drugs. Use your judgment in this instance. Good luck! Read more...

Sometimes I forget my medications amlodopine (for hypertension) & carbamazepine (for temporal lobe epilepsy). Can I go without them like this?

Medications. Medicines are tested for effectiveness usually with one primary dosage methodology. If you want the outcome associated with the proof of effectiveness; you need to take the medication as it is approved and prescribed. If you don't take them as prescribed, your chances of the desired outcome are impaired. Read more...