Re: What happens when they think you have had a seizure?
First off--sorry for that scare and sorry that happened to your mom.
I can only relate what happened in my case; I had a full-blown "grand mal" seizure out of nowhere, was hauled into an ER where a head CT was done in addition to tons of bloodwork, a chest-Xray and EKG. They injected lots of Ativan and Dilantin, gave me a prescription for Dilantin (an anti-seizure med) and told my husband, "Make sure she has an EEG and MRI within 24 hours. Call tomorrow."
Well, he called the hospital the next morning and they were "booked." Two days later I met my neurologist for the first time and he booked the MRI and EEG...for two and three weeks later, respectively. Both tests were abnormal. My EEG showed spiking in the right temporal lobe and the MRI showed that at some point I had a small stroke but it was "nothing to worry about." I could have had that small stroke years ago.
Yes, you can get epilepsy at any age. I was 42 when I had the "grand mal," which is now referred to as a tonic-clonic seizure. Only after a careful history is taken by a neurologist or epileptoligist can the diagnosis of epilepsy be made. Many people have 1 seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy is defined by more than one seizure. I had seizures as an infant (not brought on by a high fever, like many infants get) and took phenobarbatol until I was 2...then no seizures until 40 yrs. later. Apparantly, after that careful history was taken by my neurologist, I had been having partial seizures for more than 2 years before the "grand mal" that landed me in the ER, unconscious. Due to my history and the severity of the seizure, I was put on anti-seizure meds immediately, and three years later, I am still on anti-epileptic meds. and will be for the rest of my life. But again, LOTS of people just have one seizure and never have one again. If your mom had a seizure, let's hope that is the case for her!
So it's good your mom is seeing a neuro. as he/she will take a history and see if she has been feeling 'strange' of late. I attributed what I had been feeling to being overworked, overtired and underpaid...like most Americans!
Keep us updated and good luck!
Last edited by dogmom; 10-22-2008 at 02:54 PM.