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elusive putative seizure disorder

Posted by Elizabeth on September 24, 2001, at 12:12:59

Hi everyone.

Last week (Tuesday, I think) I had a seizure (complex partial) or something. My BF says that when he got home from work, he found me slumped over at the computer, making gurgling sounds (he thought I might have swallowed my tongue or something). He was really scared because of what happened back in February (see After I appeared to be conscious again, he said that I was crying and acting scared and so forth.

He called 911 and a whole bunch of cops and EMTs descended on our house (at least they didn't send in the fire department). The first thing I remember after I blacked out was being in my room with my boyfriend and several EMTs and cops. I was sobbing, for some reason of which I'm not aware. (Something similar happened in February -- I was in and out of the coma, but when I appeared "awake" I was acting scared and crying, according to my BF and parents.) I was sort of confused and disoriented, so I just went with the EMS folks. I spent a couple nights in the hospital, which is why I haven't been posting lately. My mother and sister came into town to visit me. My CAT scan and EEG were both normal. I haven't gotten the results of the blood tests yet (I think they did the standard ones plus a desipramine serum level and something else, I can't remember what). My pdoc gave me a script for a low dose of Trileptal. (Well, he says it's low -- I don't know what the typical therapeutic dose range is for oxcarbazepine. I'm taking 300 mg/day.) Does anybody have anything to say about it, good, bad, or otherwise?

Anyway, it looks like I'm going to be seeing a neurologist, although I don't know how good the chances are that they'll be able to find a cause for this episode (or previous ones).

I hope you're all well.





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