Re: do seizures always show up on eegs
Hi Jeff, my daughetr was recently diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. She is 17 years old. when she was 7 or 8 years old, she told me that her tongue would "stiffen up" sometimes. I mentioned it to her pediatrician, who told me to ignore it and then he grabbed her tongue and in a cutesy way he told her " now remember tongues never get hard". So, I ignored it.
This year and the last 6 years (now she is 17) we have been in and out of psychiatric facilities, hospitals, therapy sessions and have been thru hell with her since Bipolar diagnosis. One morning (a couple of weeks ago) she told me that her tongue stiffens up on her. She didn't remember complaining about the same thing back when she was 8 years old. To make a long story short, after an EEG and an ambulatory EEG, she was diagnosed with TLE.
I did my research, and it seems that her Bipolar disorder may in fact be linked to her TLE. I know nothing about Epilepsy, I know a lot more of Bipiolar disorder. her Neurologist however told me that she was unaware of the correlation between the two but wouldn't be surprised since the Left side of your brain is responsible for your moods and behavior.
I guess my question is (or are) do you know anything about this? Also, my daughter only complains about her tongue "getting hard", are there other symptoms? Is she going to get worse? Can she live a seizure free life? The doctor wants her to take Lamictal (which Bipolar patients also take)