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Old 10-22-2007, 03:46 AM   #1
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What to do next

Hi
My 56 year old mother told me on Friday that she was not feeling well and had a doctors appt today. When I asked what was going on she said it was hard to explain and that it had been going on for about a year but worsening in the past few days(although this was the first I had head about it).Well..I jumped on the net and entered her current symptoms deja vu, nausea, chills and headaches and came up with simple partial seizures. This morning my father called me to tell me that she had been taken by ambulance to the local hospital after having what he called a "full blown seizure" where she lost consciousness and foamed at the mouth. They live in a very small town, the closest epilepsy center is in Albany NY several hours away.
They are doing a CT scan but from what I have been reading it looks like she needs an EEG. Are there any other diagnostic tests?
It also looks like there are soooo many different medications out there. What should they do next??? Should she start with the neurologist at the local hospital and try to get in at an epilepey center ASAP?
Also..what could cause the onset of seizures like this...menopause?? Stress?? (she has been under a great deal of stress this past year)
Thanks for any information and input you have
Lisa

 
Old 10-22-2007, 05:00 AM   #2
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Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear about your Mom.I hope she gets better.

The other test they will give alot of times is a MRI.
An EEG is the best test though.They can give you
a regular one that takes about an hour or a 48 hour
one.Yes,menopause can cause seizures.I have had them
all my life and now that I am in perimenopause they seem
to be getting worse,and that happens with alot of women.
If your mother is having them at a certain time of the month,
it is called catamenial epilepsy,I would do a little research
about it.Good-luck
Take care,Sherri

 
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:13 AM   #3
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Thanks Sherri
This morning they did a CT scan..not sure of the results and are going to transfer to a larger hospital. My dad said that bloodwork came back showing low potassium and sodium...so they are attributing the seizure to that. I think that with this deja vu she has been having small seizures all along....hopefully she will see a specialist today.
Lisa

 
Old 10-22-2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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Yes,I have heard and had hyponatremia(low sodium) myself
before.I wish your mom well.Take care,Sherri

 
Old 10-23-2007, 08:43 PM   #5
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My mom is still in ICU...they are trying to figure out the cause of the low sodium. She had an MRI and EEG today. MRI showed a lesion deep in the left temporal and the EEG showed abnormal activity in the same region. The neurologist is unsure what the low sodium has to do with her condition, however..she has not had any seizures (although had about 5 episodes of possible auras today....not sure??)since the sodium levels have been brought up. They did start her on Keppra today. They are not sure what type of lesion is on the brain.
My mom had a totally normal MRI of the brain one year ago. Can a seizure cause a lesion on the brain or is the brain lesion most likely causing the seizure. ....we have lots of questions even the doctors don't know the answers to right now.

Lisa

 
Old 10-24-2007, 06:00 AM   #6
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More than likely the brain lesion would cause the seizure.
Keppra is an anti-seizure medication.Some women do start
having seizures when they get older due to changes in the
hormones,and some women if they have seizures all their life
can also stop having seizures after menopause.They call that
catamenial epilepsy.
Take care,Sherri

 
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