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Old 12-21-2004, 11:11 AM   #1
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Diagnosed with Epilepsy last week

I was just diagnosed with epilepsy last week and given Keppra 500mg twice a day and Nortriptyline 30mg once a day. These are my main symptoms:

Shooting pain in back of head (left) behind ear area
Left eye feels tired all the time, twitches sometimes
Numbness in left side of head
left arm and leg sometimes get weak
Speech is slurred sometimes
Can't say the right words or even think of the right word to use
Can't concentrate
Feel "slow" sometimes

Does this sound like epilepsy (Complex Partial) or could it be something else? I had an EEG and this is the diagnosis my doctor came up with after the test.

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Old 12-21-2004, 02:10 PM   #2
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Re: Diagnosed with Epilepsy last week

Sorry that you are having this going on. YOu need to take out the link in your post since they are not allowed here....


"Classic epilepsy" is a bit hard to say. What you describe does fit some symptoms for sure. There are over 20 different kinds of seizures and they can manifest in 20 different ways!

EEG is still the best way to diagnose it.....How are you doing so far with Keppra and the Amytriptilan? Is the last one for the pain? I took that last year for headaches and to have better sleep to help them stop...

Hang in there. Keep looking for good seizure info. Doing a search you can find some really good sites. Hang in there.
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Old 12-21-2004, 02:28 PM   #3
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Re: Diagnosed with Epilepsy last week

Thanks for the heads up on the link, I fixed it. is Amytriptilan and Nortriptilyne the same thing? If so, yes it's for migraines. I went down on my dosage yesterday and now I'm feeling those pains again in the back of my head. I don't think they are headaches, but I could be wrong.

 
Old 12-21-2004, 07:06 PM   #4
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Re: Diagnosed with Epilepsy last week

Sorry for the mixup, I think they are in the same family, but not the same med. Sorry the pain increased!! You could be right that it is not just headaches. Many people have headaches along with seizures too!
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:28 AM   #5
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Re: Diagnosed with Epilepsy last week

I went to see doc today, I had a regular Migraine headache yesterday that kept me home from work and up most of the night in pain. I did have those weird pains in the back of my head every now and then, but doc still thinks those are atypical migraines. He put me back up on my regular dosage of Nortrityline since I got a migraine right after going 10mg down. Not fun.

 
Old 12-23-2004, 08:40 AM   #6
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Re: Diagnosed with Epilepsy last week

So sorry! I know migraines are so awful! I can have after affects for a couple of days with some. Have you ever tried Zomig or other migraine meds?

There are some weird migraine variants for sure.....

Hang in there and feel better soon!
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