I had a full tonic-clonic seizure 3 months ago during a weekend of high activity, late nights, alcohol and not much food. About a month after that I had an EEG scan (taken after another similar weekend) which showed some indications of photosensitive epilepsy.
After reading something recently, I'm wondering whether Lyme disease would have caused this? I do a lot of orienteering and hiking all year around. About 2 years ago, I had a number of rash-like circles on my front and back which the doctor thought was ringworm. He prescribed a cream which had no effect, but the rashes cleared by themselves after 6 months or so.
I read that Lyme disease can affect the central nervous system years after being infected. I'm just wondering if this is true, and could it be a factor in my case? 2 years seems to be a long time and I don't want to mention it to the doctor in fear of being labeled a hypocondriac.
Yes, lyme can cause seizures like you described. I had a 48 hour eeg that showed activity most similar to seizure activity going on in my brain during the 48 hour period. Funny you should mention the photosensitivity issue since I am worse in the daylight and do have visual light sensitivity. I recommend you get tested for lyme by Igenex lab in CA. You can call them and they will send you the test kit. Have your Dr. sign off and they will send the results to he or she. Do not rely on tests by a traditional lab. Lyme is a clinical diagnosis. I have really bad tremors-I call them tremors, but people who see me have them think they look like epileptic shaking, but I am conscious the whole time. These episodes are deffinitely worse when I don't get enough rest. This month has been a little better, but I completely cut out sugar. Alchohol has a ton of sugar. If you have lyme you will not get better if you drink. All the experts agree on this. Sorry, probably the last thing you want to hear, but believe me, you do not want this to go further if it is lyme.