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Has any one any information on stress related seizures.Has any one had them and what medications are you on with them.Any information will help
I had two stress induced seizures back in 2009, ten days a part, the second one almost killed me. I ended up back in the hospital this time for 18 days, 4 of which were in intensive care. It could have prevented but it wasn't.
I fractured my skull, and now have no sense of smell at all,80% of my taste is ruined, higher frequencies affected in one ear.This hasn't reoccured now, but I know for a fact it was stress induced. Zonegran and phenytoin at night and a minor sleep prescription to help me sleep. I could feel both of these seizures coming before they hit, nausea, weak, some what confused, then out cold. Stress induced, previous coma for 8 days back in 2003, can't go into details here.
Near fatal injuries, head trauma, now years, later epilepsy. Didn't that see one coming at all. Stress is a major trigger of seizures, no doubt about it. Every 100 minutes or so a person dies in the U.S. from a seizure. Find a medication that works and that you can live with AND TAKE IT EVERY DAY, AND TRY AND AVOID YOUR TRIGGERS.
Thanks for sharing info on stress related seizures
Both types of stress (mental and physical) have long been known as one of the most common and most frequent triggers of all types of epileptic seizures. As a matter of fact, I learned a long time ago that seizures can more easily be activated by stress at any time than they can by bright (maybe flashing) light.
And I've also long felt that epilepsy can be a very intense cause of all stresses, due to the physical abilities that it takes away from us and difficulty so many of us have with "fitting in" with our peers and the misjudgements/misconceptions most of them have about us and our conditions.
One example of seizures that I've had that seemed to be a reaction to mental stress is a case in which, during a first date with a girl I'd just met, my shyness and nervousness seemed to cause a seizure that ended or cancelled the occaision.
Ã have had a seizure disorder for 8 years after having a CVA (stroke). Just weeks ago I went to an epilepsy center for 8 days of video EEG testing. Although they could not find a focus from the CVA they did dx: PNES - psychogenic seizures. I am told that this is now edemic. Interestingly, when the neurologist told me that these seizures would not generalize I practically stopped having them! Talk about mind over matter. Perhaps, I did loose much of my fear. I still must take anticonvulsants because I still do have that old damage. Seems like it takes a low dilantin level plus my period to make me flop like a fish. I am med compliant -- there is nothing worse than ending up in ICU in status. At first doctors gave me a low dose of Ativan BID but the epilepsy center said this was the drug of choice used in an emergerency seizure situation and would not work as well then. My doctor prescribed Clonapin BID instead of the Ativan when I told him the additional diagnosis. ( They also told me the CVA was caused by an AVM - a malformation of blood vessels in the brain. ) Apparently, there are a lot of epilepsy patients (10 to 50 percent) that also have nonepileptic seizures. I have been referred to a psychiatrist for this. One thing I noticed from the start as I kept a seizure log: With psychogenic or nonepileptic seizures, I could hear those around me and even obey commands-- Like I could put my foot down during the seizure while lying in bed. This would in effect work through the seizure and abate it. Of coure with a true epileptic seizure it is impossible to respond to a command until the seizure is over. Psychogenic seizures fortunately do not cause brain damage so there is not the memory loss associated with true epileptiform seizures. Treating triggers must be a big part of the battle, eh? I do feel empowered. I am in control again. I was having one to four of these "partials" daily or atleast every few days. The video EEG test was grueling but worth it!!! Now I know. The battle has been won. laughinglion
My doc said I am glad you are taking this so well - actually I was pleased it was not another difficult to treat epilepsy disorder - and I said I just wanted to get better. Nothing to be ashamed of. Shrinks call it a conversion disorder. Apparently it is also somewhat common with patients who also have chronic pain. Here are some links about PNES:
http://www.emedicine.com/neuro/topic403.htmhttp://www.thecni.org/reviews/14-fall03-p17-schneiders.pdfhttp://www.leadingtheadvance.com/patient/epilepsy/psychogenic.aspwellness abounds, laughinglion
I was just informed my that my oliogoclonial banding test was positive indicating I have a demyelinating disease.
My MRI in April showed five abnormal plaques. I am having another MRI Monday. I am having trouble walking again. The neurologists will study the images to see if I had a monophasic (isolated) event when I suffered right -sided weakness. I am worried that I am having a remitting - relapsing disease (in the MS family). Interestingly, when confronted with the truth, that these PNES seizures can not generalize I haven't had them. But I am having spasms and pain. And difficulty walking and with balance. This is all new since April. I took care of an M.S. patient for 8 years. I am fully aware of what what happens. Doctors are not sure what what I have yet - something that affects white matter for sure. I see my neuro next month. This new dx + epilepsy + PNES! I wasn't scared before this one.
Stress is just one of the most common 'triggers' for people to have seizures. Which specific seizure is a multiple guess. You, or anyone, can have a grand mal, or one of the partial seizures, an absence seizure [petit mal]. Again, a multiple guess. It varies from person to person, and from seizure to seizure.
Here's an example about some of mine. I come to a certian time point in a day, become stressed, and an aura [simple partial seizure] starts like a computer pop-up. Once it does I'll just begin to relax, even sit down somewhere and calm down. Then within 5 minutes, give or take, the seizure [pop-up] is over and done.
As for "what medication", a doctor [primarily a neurologist], will need information from you and from necessary tests, to reach a diagnosis if you're having seizures to begin with. If you are, then he or she can prescribe certain medication based on what specific seizure(s) are taking place, along with other considerations of age, gender, if you're on other medications for other current medical reasons. Plus, as needed, making dosage level adjustments to meet the most effective amount.
Have you gone in for any medical visit, tests and received a diagnosis of having any seizures? Any medications? Please feel free to share more about any of this and we'll continue with more explinations.
Hope this helps.