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Brain fog in the morning

Hi, im 16 and have had epilepsy for about 3 years now. Im a junior in highschool and ive been struggling with JME. throughout the school week i usually miss 2 days. When i wake up my eyes are rolled back into my head, i can't think straight, and my voice is usually affected as well. Im not sure how else to describe it other then brain fog. It keeps me from going to school because I can't focus or take tests let alone drive to school. Im on 300mgs of Keppra, 2000mgs of depakote, and 200mg of vimpat. nothing has really worked and I don't know what to do now. should i just be patient with doctor and muddle my way through school or is there something i could at least suggest we try? is there anyone else that has had this problem or something like it?


Re: Brain fog in the morning

Submitted by seizethemoments on Fri, 2010-12-10 - 18:34
I also have JME and experience mental fog/extreme fatigue some mornings, despite a good night's sleep. This was almost every day with Keppra alone, but my doctor added Lamictal and I don't have it as much. Every person is different. My doctor said Depakote is one of the best medicines for JME, but I am avoiding it due to side effects. Keep talking to your doctor, and getting good sleep is very helpful (although hard for young'uns to do sometimes).

Re: Brain fog in the morning

Submitted by C3 on Mon, 2011-04-04 - 22:06
Hi,i'm 17 and i have the symptoms you have. I have not been diagnosed but i definitely feel exactly the way you do. I lose vision when i sleep and when i wake up i still dont see and my eyes are rolled back in my head it takes me 1-3 hours to get my vision back. I also know what you mean about your brain being in a fog for me this has been happening everyday since February. I can't remember what happened the past day or focus or take tests. Your the first person i have found who has something like me.

Re: Brain fog in the morning

Submitted by pgd on Tue, 2011-04-05 - 03:52
Try to find a copy of the Nerves In Collision book by Walter C. Alvarez, M.D. and the How To (understand) Hyperactivity book (1981)(about ADHD Inattentive) by C. Thomas Wild. Both books can provide insights here and there (no cures).

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