*Sorry about the long post*
I'm a daughter at the age of 15.. My dad had a seizure a while ago and now he suddenly had another one even though the doctors said he should be fine and said he didn't need to take medication anymore.
My dad had a seizure on February 26th, 2007. Yes, it was quite a while ago. On that day I was not with him, but from what my mom told me he was kneeling down and checking some items on a shelf. Then his coworkers saw that his face began to be all contorted on one side (I believe it was his right side.. I'm not sure anymore but it was only one one side), then his head twisted towards the side that was contorted, then he was on the floor and he was having the seizure.
Apparently he was unconscious for quite a while, and by the time they got him to the hospital my mom was with him and he seemed fine, and within an hour or two he had a second seizure. Once again it was only affecting one side of his body, and after the two seizures my dad's memory of the event was almost erased. He could not remember anything between being at work and being on the ambulance, and then between the ambulance ride to after he *fully* regained consciousness after the second seizure.
Afterwards they did some scans (I'm not really sure which one it was, but I think it was the CT scan) and they said they found a small blood clot in his brain on one side (once again I don't remember which side, but it was the side responsible for the side of the body that was affected by the seizure). They told my dad to take some medications to control the seizures, and I think it was called something like Dilantin. My dad complained about many side effects, such as feeling really sluggish and having shifty vision and a bad temper.
All went fine for the 6 months they told my dad to take medication for (and he was also not allowed to drive for that amount of time) and he stopped taking the medication after the 6 months. They did another scan and they said that the blood clot was completely gone, and that they didn't know why there was a blood clot in the first place because my dad didn't seem to have any trauma from hitting his head or anything and he doesn't have any other medical conditions. They told him to take Aspirin to thin his blood or something after he was off of Dilantin.
Then on December 12th, 2007 he had another seizure at home.. and I saw that it was similar to the first seizure he had because he lost consciousness and was on the floor making weird gurgly or growling or even somewhat like crying noises, but this time it only lasted for a minute or so. They took him to the hospital and did some tests and the doctors all said that he was fine, so they put him on dilantin again but the dosage wasn't as much as the last time (i'm not really clear on the details) and he had another seizure just today (December 14th) but he was able to tell us that he was having a seizure and it only lasted for around 15 seconds. He was fully conscious this time, and didn't seem to suffer much but he said that ever since the seizure on the 12th his head has been twitching to the side quite a bit.
Is my dad epileptic? Or is this one of the stress-related seizure disorders? I also heard that it could be scar tissue or something in his brain from the blood clot that's causing the seizures, but my dad thinks that it has something to do with him always cracking his neck (maybe the joint went funny and is affecting the nervous system?) He didn't seem to be very stressed when he had the seizure today either. I think my dad has sleep apnea too.. they're going to do a test soon to see if he does. Maybe the sleep deprivation from sleep apnea is causing the seizures too?
I'm very frightened and I want to know more about what's happening.. since my mom isn't too fluent in English. I want to help out as much as I can, and I hope I can find out what's happening to ease my mom's stress.