i have a bunch of questions and like others have said, i feel like i'm having to fight the M.D.-eities to get some answers.
i'm 36 y.o., have no known personal or family history of seizures. i have mild asthma, MVP, slightly low thyroid, and a history of sinus problems (surgery in 1990 to clear out near-total blockage on the right side).
on 1/18 i had a "spell" in a chinese restaurant where i was having dim sum (appetizer brunch) with my husband and 7 friends. various factors that may or may not be important: when we arrived, i had an empty stomach; i take an antidepressant called "celexa" which increases the amount of serotonin in the brain, and the level had been increased by 50% two days prior; and i ended up getting my period the next day.
the "spell" lasted for a total of about 1-2 minutes. i felt a bit of dizziness (aura?), then a feeling of going away (i may have lost consciousness briefly, like 5 seconds), then i saw my husband wave his hand in front of my face, but i didn't respond. he asked, what's going on, and i said "i don't know." he asked me if i was okay, and i said "i'm not sure." i was fully aware of the conversation around me. i realized that i was staring at the wall, and i turned to look at him, and then turned back to the wall. my hands were clenched and my shoulders were hunched. i started to come out of it, looked at him, and then i felt fine.
on 1/21, i saw my doctor -- well, truthfully, it was the first time i'd ever met her, which might have been an error. her bedside manner was awful -- e.g., at some point she said "i'm going to go look at some things in your chart"; and later i realized that during that time, she paged the neurologist. 'scuse me, i'm a functioning adult and i'd like to know what's going on with my health, too. if you don't know, that's fine; but at least TELL ME!
suddenly i was being told i couldn't drive, had a bazillion tests to go through, etc... "oh, and you can leave your car in the parking lot over night..." ultimately, i had much the same reaction as another poster ... i broke down, started to cry, totally lost it, and felt like i had made a big mistake.
two days later, i saw The Neurologist, who had a bedside manner that was 100x worse than the GP! maybe later i'll repeat some of the things he said to me...
fortunately, my husband was with me at the time and so it wasn't me having delusional thinking!
since then, i've had a normal MRI and an "abnormal" EEG which showed "sharp spikes in the left temporal region during the drowsy phase" or something like that. it recommended "clinical correlation" (which i assume means a followup EEG).
anyway, the point of all this: i feel as though my "spell" might have been the result of a number of factors that together lowered my seizure threshold. the EEG tech said that a lot of people who come in for EEGs say they were eating chinese food when, or recently before their episode, and that they are frequently sleep deprived, also.
have others had this experience? it all makes sense to me because (my understanding is that) everyone has a seizure threshold, which is raised or lowered by events, chemicals, etc. i know that MSG can function as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, which i think means that it can increase electrical activity. i think about this in conjunction with the 2-day prior 50% increase in celexa (which increases the amount of serotonin, which is also a neurotransmitter).
so i can imagine that the threshold was lowered and that is why i had the spell.
i don't understand the EEG well enough to know how to interpret it, and i don't want to deal with the icky neurologist again (we're going to get a few other opinions).
if anyone has managed to wade through this message and has any thoughts -- comforting, scientific, "i can relate," or what have you -- i would *greatly* appreciate them.
thanks much until later...
twirlygirl (who likes to dance