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Did i have a seizure?

Ok so i'm a 22 year old female. I think I may be having seizures . . . does this sound like one? I'm diagnosed with major depressive disorder along with major anxiety. I've been on a number of antidepressants and mood stabilizers. I'm currently withdrawing from Celexa and transitioning to Zoloft. I was warned of all the normal withdrawal symptoms [anxiety, upset stomach,dizziness, headaches, etc. But something else has happened the last couple of nights. I've had three episodes, all during the night. I was asleep during the night, i woke kind of groggy, then i realized my whole body was shaking [not like cold shivers, but almost convulsions]. I wasn't scared by it, it was a weird de Déjà vu feeling: like it happened before and was normal [even though nothing like this has ever happened]. I continued to shake for what felt like 4-5 minutes [not really sure]. Then I guess i fell back asleep, or at least that's all i remember. I woke the next morning with a headache but fine otherwise. The second and third were pretty much the same except i recall hearing myself moaning or whimpering, and a sense of anxiety. . . and then back to sleep i think. I don't know what to make of it. If anyone can give me any ideas . . . i would greatly appreciate it . . .

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Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by Nerak95 on Sat, 2010-05-22 - 23:47

Although Zoloft hasn't been evaluated in patients with a seizure disorder, there were a few patients that experienced seizures in an OCD development program.  Most of these patients had some relationship with epilepsy.  Accordingly, the manufacturer states that Zoloft should be introduced with care in patients with a seizure disorder.

Whether this poses a risk to you is uncertain.  I certainly would contact your physician immediately and explain to him/her what you have been experiencing.  If an episode like this would occur if you're driving, it could present a dangerous situation.

Karen

Although Zoloft hasn't been evaluated in patients with a seizure disorder, there were a few patients that experienced seizures in an OCD development program.  Most of these patients had some relationship with epilepsy.  Accordingly, the manufacturer states that Zoloft should be introduced with care in patients with a seizure disorder.

Whether this poses a risk to you is uncertain.  I certainly would contact your physician immediately and explain to him/her what you have been experiencing.  If an episode like this would occur if you're driving, it could present a dangerous situation.

Karen

Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by kroger04 on Sun, 2010-05-23 - 11:38
Thank you for the reply. I've set an appointment with my dr. But I can't get in until June 1st. Since then I've had one more episode… I'm just ready to get some answers…

Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by kroger04 on Mon, 2010-05-24 - 21:04
So it's been three days since my original post. I have not had another "episode" during the night. However, something else is going on now. I am . . . twitching . . . My left side, specifically my left arm, fingers, and the left side of my face. My arm and fingers just jump. I've had carpal tunnel in the past, and was treated using electrode patches to stimulate my muscles [ which caused my hand and fingers to jump, and twitch]. That is exactly what it feels like minus the stimulation . . . I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the prior episodes . . . but i figured that it couldn't hurt to add it. Any comments/replies are GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by amber1981 on Mon, 2010-05-24 - 22:19
I have twitches and jerks all of the time and I was diagnosed with complex-partial seizures. I also have episodes at night which include wetting myself and sometimes jerking, however I don't know that I am jerking but hubby lets me know if I did in the morning. I also have OCD and like I think someone else mentioned, they are finding out that people that are diagnosed with OCD, Bipolar Disorder, etc, are sometimes are linked with epilepsy. What is funny about my situation is that I was diagnosed bipolar about 4 years ago and took meds for no reason because my diagnosis was ultimately taken back and that's when my epilepsy came on FULL FORCE....just coincidence?......I think not! I am 29 and was just diagnosed January 18th of this year....why it took so long to come out is beyond me....although I do remember having auras as long as 4 years ago...again, coincidence?......once again, I think not! So, hang in there and see your doctor asap!

Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by Nerak95 on Tue, 2010-05-25 - 00:25

Kroger,

Just make sure you document this event and symptoms, especially if you had been lying on your arm or side, etc.

Also, I'd call the doctor's office and see if you can get on a cancellation list in case an appointment opens up before your appointment June 1st.

Karen

Kroger,

Just make sure you document this event and symptoms, especially if you had been lying on your arm or side, etc.

Also, I'd call the doctor's office and see if you can get on a cancellation list in case an appointment opens up before your appointment June 1st.

Karen

Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by kroger04 on Wed, 2010-05-26 - 13:10
So last night i had a seizure during work. [i don't know what kind]. I was just doing my job, and got this really odd feeling . . . like waves of energy in my chest, and my arms and face started tingling. I kept trying to keep working and just ignore it. Next thing i know i'm on the floor, with my boss [bless her heart] trying to get me to respond. I was told i was convulsing, my eyes were in the back of my head, and couldn't respond for almost a minute. I was really out of it when i came too, i wasn't sure of the day and month. I was rushed to ER via ambulance. Then told is was to stay in wheelchair, where i sat for almost 4 hours waiting for a room to open up. My arms continued to tingle for two or so hours. My brain felt slower, my motor skills were not great either. Eventually i was told that i "seemed stable" and that I could go home, and just make an appointment with my Dr. in the morning . . . I was too tired to argue and went home. I've been fine so far. My appointment is at two. I'm very scared.

Re: Did i have a seizure?

Submitted by allegroismyhorse on Wed, 2010-05-26 - 17:56
It could have been a seizure....  everyone's seizures are different, I never remember mine, but I would definitely talk to your doctor about it.   Good luck and I hope they figure it out!!

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