Diagnosed with epileptic seizures, I experienced generalized seizures that occur throughout the brain. These seizures include grand-mall,petit-mall,partial seizures,eye gazing,tonic-clonic,myclonic,involuntary muscle movement, jerking of the upper and lower body,involuntary movement of the limbs.Tests given by a childhood neurologist to diagnose these seizures were, electroencephalogram (EEG) testing, Imaging of the brain, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Blood test were taken to eliminate other illness. Blood sugar, blood calcium, and electrolyte levels. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) The (EEG) testing is what will find electrical currents on the brain wave patterns.When the brain seizes abnormal electrical brain wave patterns will form on the brain.Detected by the (EEG) testing. I went to www.webmd.com/seizures for proper terminology.Google neurologist.
Epileptic medications I was on as a child, Keppra,Dilantin,Phenobarbitol,Gabitrol,Zarontin,Depekote,Depekene,Lamictal, and I have a (VNS) implant, vagus nerve stimulator. Stimulation of the vagus nerve is used to treat epilepsy. The implant is a pacemaker-like device, that pulsates electricity and stimulates the vagus nerve.
Types of epilepsy and causes, there are many types of epilepsy, idiopathic is the type of epilepsy I was diagnosed with, childhood absence epilepsy, benign focal epilepsy, symptomatic epilepsy, generalized epilepsy, partial epilepsy, are just naming a few others. There are also many different causes of epilepsy. Low oxygen during birth, head injuries, brain tumors, genetic conditions, infections, stroke or other brain trauma, abnormal levels of sugar or sodium, are just a few example.
Triggers for a person prone to seizes are, missing a dose of medication, strobe lights flickering, motion or a slow moving train, alcohol use, lack of sleep, sudden noises, or sudden movement. Simple everyday things we often take for granted.
Precautions to take at home when a person has a seizure are, put a pillow under the persons head, loosen any tight clothing,Keep the person from getting hurt during the seizure, do not put anything in the persons mouth, should not drive unless a doctor has said it is OK, no swimming, do not leave the person alone for any length of
Resources for epilepsy are,
Epilepsy Foundation of America
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org has information for patients.
American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation
http://www.epilepsyoutreach.org has information.
Stress And Epileptic Seizures
http://www.epilepsyhealth.com/stress-seizure.html has information.
Pseudo-seizures and me, pseudo means fake, false, made up, not real, this is why doctors a apprehensive in treating a person diagnosed to be googlepseudo-seizures,as I have been. Children cannot cope like adults and often find other ways to deal with things, during my childhood I manifested pseudo seizures. Phycogenic therapy is needed for pseudo related seizures.
Resources for counseling and phycogenic therapy are
Alabama Psychiatric Services, P.C.
2868 Acton Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35243
Phone (205) 968-8360
There are several counselors at this location listed above, and you can go to, www.birminghamcounselor.com