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absence turning into grand mal

im eighteen years old and i have had absence seizures since i was in sixth grade. About two weeks ago i had my first grand mal seizure. I am on Lamictal and take 100mg in the morning and 200 mg at night. Ever since i had my grand mal I have noticed a lot of changes that are starting to worry me. if i miss one dose or am late for dose i have absence seizures back to back. About a year ago i want even taking medicine becasue i never had them. Other things i have noticed have been memory loss, ive forgotten how to spell simple words sometimes, i also knit but forgot how to do it on two occasions, i just couldnt put two and two together. I have to stop frequently when i am talking to someone because i completely forget what i was talking about or getting at. It takes a couple minutes for me to get back on track. Ive heard that you usually grow out of these absence seizures but my condition just seems to be getting worse. I have been paranoid and scared that im going to have one in one of my classes, or while im in the shower and hurt myself. I assume that this worry isnt helping anything, and when i have numerous absence seizures i now start to get emotional and cry because its the most frustrating thing in the world to me. I am going to see my neurologist next friday and hopefully he will answer all my questions and concerns. I wanted to get others advice and expierences to help me out in any way. i appreciate any comments

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Re: absence turning into grand mal

Submitted by teachergreen on Fri, 2010-01-22 - 17:28

Hi,

I like knitting too. I've read Lamital can affect memory. Many report  on this site about memory loss. Seizures are frustrating because you don't know when the next one might come. It's hard especially when you're an independent, intelligent and strong person. It's been hard to ask for help butI've come to see there are others out there who don't mind driving me someplace or...  People feel good about themselves if they can help others.

Dilantin controlled my grand mal seizure about 11 yrs ago. I still take it and Lamotrigene (generic Lamital). If I let epilepsy control my life I might end up having  mental problems. Don't need any other headache. You'll find ways to perserver. I pray. Others pray for me. I tell God,"My life's in your hands". This is comforting to me.

Hope this helps a little,

Lynda

Hi,

I like knitting too. I've read Lamital can affect memory. Many report  on this site about memory loss. Seizures are frustrating because you don't know when the next one might come. It's hard especially when you're an independent, intelligent and strong person. It's been hard to ask for help butI've come to see there are others out there who don't mind driving me someplace or...  People feel good about themselves if they can help others.

Dilantin controlled my grand mal seizure about 11 yrs ago. I still take it and Lamotrigene (generic Lamital). If I let epilepsy control my life I might end up having  mental problems. Don't need any other headache. You'll find ways to perserver. I pray. Others pray for me. I tell God,"My life's in your hands". This is comforting to me.

Hope this helps a little,

Lynda

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