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Sam -- Continuous music, mild epilepsy & Tegretol

Posted by Zeke on December 26, 1999, at 15:09:31

In reply to Significance of continuous music in your head?, posted by Sam on December 26, 1999, at 5:21:40

It could likely be from a mild seizure discharge in your temporal lobe(s). If so, Tegretol (an anticonvulsant/antimanic med) seems to work well.

The fact that you alway hear the same tune strongly alludes to a seizure discharge. Do you experience a peculiar smell repeatedly -- without a source -- especially a smell of something rotten or burning? (another common symptom of epilepsy -- regardless of whether clinical seizures present.) Also, if you have taken antidepressants or neuroleptics, did these make the music worse? Those meds (some of them) lower the seizure threshold and might suggest a temporal lobe seizure discharge. And an obvious question is, do you have or have you had seizures? ...any kind of head injury?

You should probably be evaluated by a neurologist and have an EEG done. Yet if you have no other symptoms of "subclinical epilepsy" your doc could give Tegretol a try now.

Take a look at this item from Dr. Bob's Psychopharmacology Tips: Its a questionaire entitled, "Indicators Suggestive of Subsyndromal Epilepsy"

Here are several PubMed items re 'Musical Hallucinations,' & Tegretol:
(Note: carbamazepine = Tegretol)

(BTW -- what song is it???)




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