What are the ten or less most common symptoms of left temporal lobe epilepsy only?
Have left temporal lobe epilepsy myself, and number one common symptom I have is slurred speech. I went through what's called a presurgical EEG and the results showed that my seizure focus is in my left temporal lobe right beside the speech area of my brain. The primary location of where a person's seizure activity starts is called the "seizure focus" or "seizure spot". The doctor in charge of my presurgical EEG made the decision that it was too risky to remove my seizure spot because I may permanently lose my ability to speak.
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Bruce (I'm not a doctor, but instead, an epilepsy support group leader, epilepsy advocate, who has epilepsy.)
Left also. I have awesome deja vu and jamusvu....Scary stuff. When it happens I fear the worst is about to happen. As if the sense is a sign of doom.
I stare and lose eye hand coordination. I forget how to spell simple words like The or rest...It's almost silly.
I lose touch with my keyboard and have difficulty depressing and making capital letters. Mainly I (i). I'm right handed. Short term memory is very bad and as a result of all this, plus other reasons unknown to me, I get depressed. Sometimes angry and just out of sorts.
My speech is sometimes messed up and people tell me how "out of it" I act. Not for long though. Then I am bone tired.
Does anyone have them in their sleep? I think I do. Feel like I ran a marathon or beat up. Stiff neck. Back pain. I have biten my tongue and cheek. Sometimes blood on the pillow.
I've left temporal seizures also. My speech isn't slurred nearly so often as I find myself stuttering. Some days, I just can't get my words out, and I'm not sure if it's because I'm stuck on that vowel or consonant sound, or if I've forgotten what word I was going to say, and I believe I'll somehow manage to get it out by repeating that first morpheme over and over again. Sometimes, I'm stuck on a consonant completely un-related to the word I wish to use ("s-s-s-paper" isn't nearly as amusing coming out as one might think). When I'm stuttering around looking for that word, I know the concept I wish to express, I just can't think of how to translate my thoughts into a shared language. My short-term memory is shot, so I've taken to writing myself notes, carrying a calendar, and taking pictures of "memories" I don't remember unless I photograph. I've only had emotional outbursts when on Keppra - largely due to Keppra's effect on my memory.
I'd had grand mals in my sleep for about a month prior to my being diagnosed with "epilepsy" in summer 2008. It's the same feeling: like you'd been run over by a mac truck. Perhaps your anti-convulsant medication is not at a level conducive to your needs?
Disorganised information retreval/language, e.g. getting words mixed up, having a word on the 'tip of your tounge', seeing something and knowing that you KNOW what it is, but not being able to actually think of the name of the item/object. Although this depends on if you are left hemisphere dominate for language, if so - then that can generally can be an issue.
Mood mood mood! This is a BIG problem for me, my mood is and can be very unstable. I can be normal one day, and very very miserable the next for no good reason.
Short term memory (not sure if this is a dedicated left temporal lobe area). My short term memory blows!
Sensory processing can generally be a bit screwy. I have this during complex partials. I know whats going on around me, and see and hear everything - but I dont react to things properly, so - its like the information gets all jumbeled.
I think they are the most 'typical' issues that can be seen with temporal lobe epilepsy, on the left. I am mainly on the left, but also on the right.
When it comes to the actual siezures themselves - I think it really does vary from one person to another.
Peace, Love, Mung Beans
My biggest issue is my short term memory and having the ability to process what is being said to me. If I am receiving instructions or directions, I am totally lost. It is embarrassing. I am currently working as an RN but feel like I may need to retire due to my worsening condition. I take 300mg dilantin a day but I still get that "foggy" feeling and tire easily.
Has anyone found that stress or being put on the spot makes the word jumbling or slurring worse? I've started to notice this more and more with myself.
So...Where to begin. I had my first grand mal as I was dealing with depression. I was on Welbutrin which a known side effect is lowering the seizure threshold. I was 37 years old and this was the start of my journey. My EEG's came back abnormal. Mentioned some things in the Left Temporal Lobe as the originating point. I was nearly 4 years seizure free when I had my second.
The second one, I will take full credit for. I wasnt exactly compliant with my meds. (I was taking them but off and on). I went out with some friends the night before. (40th bday party) and probably drank too much. I was recovering from a Serious Strep infection in my leg that I was given high dose Anti-Bioitics to combat. My Doc called it a perfect storm of crap.
The last one, happened a week ago. About 7 months from my last. Clear CT Scan. I was following my doctors orders. Taking my meds as directed and living life as we know it. Needless to say, my new reality is that I am another year a way from driving which in some respects is a blessing but not in the eyes of my wife and my kids who I need to drive to their activities.
Like many people, I have the same issue. I struggle for the right words. I've learned not to stutter but its embarrassing when you forget your words and or forget what you are saying in general. Especially as a project manager.....
Hey guys! look all us lefties with our speech problems, communicating! isn't that ironic and cute! lol love to be able to talk to people who share this rare disorder and keep on truckin! :)
I've had this (I think created by intense stress during a terrible bad acid trip) since I was 17 (actually on my birthday none the less!). HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! lol
anyways, I've had some speech issues too. not slurring but when I try to say something, nonsense comes out... not infront of people (because I know I can't think of what I wanna say), but when i'm alone i'll be trying to think about what I wanna say and say something... but no real words come out... some of you guys seem to be able to know what you wanna say in your head, but theres a disconnect. but I think of the word or phrase and then it goes away and i'm left with this thing that I know I wanted to say but when I try to say it, its mush lol.
lately its gotten worse. my brain seems to \"reset\" its thought sequence. its like my mind allows me to think, then it goes \"stop, forget what you were thinking and start over. ok, you can start a fresh thought sequence now from scratch and not remember what you were just thinking\". it'll do this every minute or 2. for about 30 minutes.
I've also lost balance like one day for no reason, then the next day it went away and i'm fine now.
I generally have this constant fogginess and horrible memory loss. I try to think about what i'm going to do today, or tomorrow but often times will completely forget. and it won't register either. like i'll say \"ok, i'm going to help my friend move tomorrow\" I won't FEEL like i'm going to help my friend move tomorrow. it doesn't sink in. more about the fogginess is that I don't really feel much emotion. like theres fleeting, weak emotion from time to time, but no lingering emotion. I'll see a sad part in a movie and feel it for an instant then it'll go away and won't come back even if I try to create it. this and the memory loss are my most worrisome problem created by this.
I was put on lamictal for my emotions (bc I've also had manic episodes bc I've been diagnosted for bipolar disorder) and recently I've experienced one episode of INTENSE emotion where I couldn't freakin handle it! scared me.