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First seizure at 19

My name is Shaka, a 21 year old. I had my first seizure when I was 19 years old and was fast sleep when it happened. So there I was feeling tired, so I went to bed...that's all that is ever clear to me. I woke up surrounded by my family who were telling me to just relax, i got a 'fitz' and they'd take me to the hospital. I had no idea what to think because I was confused and had a headache so I just went with it. At the emergency room we were told that nothing was wrong with me. Months after this, I had another episode; and yes, i was sleeping. However, this time the hospital ran further testing. I did a CT scan and some blood work, but everything was normal. Up until this point in time I had never even heard of epilepsy, and was sooo confused when I was diagnosed with it.
I started to see a neurologist frequently(who was even more confused that my first seizure was at 19 and when at rest), had an EEG scan done (it was normal), went on medication (still got seizures) but the side effects were unbearable and I became depressed (considered suicide multiple times). After trying multiple medications (including Dilantin, Tegratol, Valporate Acid, and Keppra) I took myself off of the medication. Now I get seizures approximately every 2 months, had my last episode last week and hit my eye so hard it was swollen shut. This should all be stressful, but it really isn't. I survive day by day by some strange hand of fate. I'm off of medication and can complete all activities of daily living, I'm a university student, I can use public transportation on my own and am generally a very independent person. But it continues to baffle me as to why I get seizures. I have no known triggers (perhaps lack of sleep), I do not get auras before episodes, and medication just turns me into a 'zombie'. Any advice would be nice.

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I started having seizures out

I started having seizures out of the blue in 2003 when I was 27 and they have no idea what caused them.  I'd taken all sorts of meds at first because the side effects were too bad.  Right now I'm taking Depakote, Keppra, Lamictal and I have a Vagus Nerve Simulator.  I almost never have any sort of aura before a seizure and I might not even know that I've had one unless there is someone there to see it.  One of the two biggest seizure triggers for me are lack of sleep and stress.  I'm glad that you really don't let the seizures rule your world.  Many people can't do that.  

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