Re: Magnesium and vitamin D in the control of seizures.
Bahamas: I found an article years ago that listed the following as a "shotgun" therapy to controlling seizures:
Magnesium 500-1000 mg/day
Selenium 100-200 mcg/day
Taurine 1-3 gm/day
L-Carntine 1-3 gm/day
GABA 500-1000 mg/day
Vit B complex w/special emphasis on
B1 50-100 mg/day
B6 200-500 mg/day
Folic Acid 400-1000 mcg/day
Vitamin E 400-800 IU/day
DMG (dimethylglycine) 50-200 mg/day
Pregnenolone 100-500 mg/day
I also had my neurotransmitters tested and found out I was low in Taurine, high in Glutamate (MSG) and high in PEA (Beta-Phenlethylamine)
I currently take 2000 mg/Keppra, Phenobarbital, Progesterone, Magnesium, Selenium, Taurine, Vit B6, B Complex, and Vit D. I wish I had started taking supplements as mentioned before being put on seizure meds because alot of these supplements I've tried to take interfere with the seizure meds and make me have more seizures. Anything with herbs in them definitely interferes with the meds.
Taurine is reduced in the body by Aspartame.
You'll know when your body has enough magnesium because you'll end up with loose stools. You can also get magnesium from eating dark chocolate, nuts and salmon. Magnesium is also reduced in your body by caffeine.
Being female, I found out my seizures were caused by Estrogen Dominance because I'm going through menopause.
The triggers for the seizures are stress, lack of sleep, MSG, fluorescent lights, EMF's (cell phones, cordless phones, computers, video games, etc.) and plastics, especially plastic #3 which is plastic wrap.
I've also started having reactions to chemicals, cleaning chemicals, cigarette smoke, perfume, gasoline, wood smoke, mold, and am developing asthma.
Another thing I'm not able to tolerate much is SOY! It's a phytoestrogen and adds to the estrogen in me. It's in tuna fish and mayo these days. The MSG is in everything too. It's the "natural flavoring" added to stuff like crackers.
Keep taking the magnesium and try some of these other things I listed. I tried to get off the Keppra and when I did I crashed my car. It still doesn't control the seizures but I take it so if I have to have a blood test they'll see I'm cooperating! The only thing I think it does is keep them from happening more.
The other thing I'm on is Lupron. It's an injection that's used to treat prostate cancer in men and used in women for endometriosis and fertility issues. It's supposed to lower the estrogen in me. Since I've been on it for 10 mo. I can tell I'm having an aura or know more that I've had a seizure now than before. Before, I only knew I had a seizure because I'd notice I'd bitten my lower lip or I crushed my water bottle or someone witnessed me having one.
Keep track of your seizures on a calendar - the full moon is also a culprit. It's coming around on Tues. the 24th. I also get more around the new moon. It's the electro magnetic pull from the Earth. I know it sound weird, but I've got it documented!!!! My car accident was 2 days after the full moon.
After reading these boards I can't believe how many people these days have these seizures. It blows my mind! Good luck.