To the best of my knowledge, my seizure problems started when I was 1992. I would see something or hear something or smell something and I would have a de ja vu and an overwhelming sensation in my body. I would not be able to respond although I was conscious. Then in 1999, I had a grand mal. I have been on tegretol since then. Slowly over a period of time, I started to have the side effects such as lack of interest in anything, forgetfulness, lack of focus, and I was constantly in search of words or in situations, would use a wrong word and won't realize it until someone points it out. I was seizure free for 10 years on tegretol. The interesting aspect is the my EEG, mri has always been normal. In 2008, I was on enbrel and within a month, I had a seizure. I went on telemetry and as usual the results were normal inspite of have 2 seziure while on a 8 day telemetry. so the docs have ruled out epilepsy as a cause for the recent events although they are unsure about my 1990s episodes/ they also stopped tegretol and now I am on no medication. the docs suggested that i get psychiartic conselling. i took their suggestion and guess what, i am sane!!! no issues. since jul 2009 i have had some seizure like symptoms like the ones I used to get in the 1990s. yet the docs are hesistant to diagnose my problem. one has showed some interest and suggested lamictal for 3 mths. am not sure what to expect with lamictal. I am confused. I am not sure whether to take lamictal or tegretol and am not even sure what my problem is and if I should even try antiepileptic drugs. If you have had a similar situation, I would greatly appreciate your suggestions and experience
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