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Night terrors

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 15:02
Hi all im 23 years old. I've had night terrors where I would scream loudly and wake up suddenly during my sleep since I was maybe 13-14 years old. 2 years ago we visited a neurologist and she said I have some hyperstimulation of the brain during the night time. I did MRI and electroencephalography and they were normal but it showed the stimulation of the brain cells is a bit high so she started me on carbamazepine (tegretol cr200) on a low dose and she would up the dose to finally make it to 3 pills a day (600mg). Now my brain is in a good state with the drug where I don't have any night terrors and I sleep much better at night. I want to ask if this is something like an epileptic condition with epileptic seizures or not. Also my father had this condition as well when he was in my age and he started the same medication for some 6-7 years and then when he was completely well he stopped and since then he is good. I would like to ask if there are people out there with the same condition and if this is something like an epileptic condition and if after some years I will be good to stop the medication and be healthy.


Hi,Thank you for posting. We

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2020-02-18 - 09:09
Hi,Thank you for posting. We’re glad to hear that your night terrors have stopped and are well controlled with the medication you’retaking. Certain types of spells or events can be mistaken for seizures and epilepsy. It’s important that you’re continuing to follow-up with your neurologist who can confirm what types of events you've experienced, help determine what individual treatment plan is best of you and if you'll be able to stop taking your medication  Night terrors, sleep walking and confusional arousals (or waking up confused) are behaviors that happen when a person is in a deep sleep, typically in the first-third of the night’s sleep.These are very common and tend to occur in families where there are other individuals with parasomnias, like Riley mentioned in their comment. You may want to consider keeping a diary or a journal.  My Seizure Diary: a great tool for identifying & tracking these episodes you’ve experienced,  setting reminders, managing medications & side effects, recording medical history, moods, behaviors, triggers, and other therapies or personal-experiences, that may affect wellness, which can be shared you’re your healthcare team. Additionally,you may always contact our 24/7 Helpline, where trained information specialists are available to answer your questions, offer help, hope, support, guidance,and access to national and local resources. 1-800-332-1000,or    

Hi! thank you both very much

Submitted by mar_sk on Mon, 2020-02-24 - 12:46
Hi! thank you both very much for your insight. I hope I will outgrow them and some day stop the medication. I just want to have a good sleep not only for me but also for others around me.

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