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Old 04-22-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Growing up I had to deal with Epilepsy, frequent medications and being treated as one with Leprosy. All I ever wanted was friends and the only ones who would eat with me, rather let me eat with them, during lunch were my teachers. I only had one seizure and it happened around age 9; an acute Grand Mal. I was hospitalized for approximately three weeks in the local children's hospital; I was shocked when one of my fellow students came to visit and see how I was. I was made by my parents to repeat the 7th grade and it was "my fault" that the house had to be sold and we move; therefore, I wasn't allowed to go to the high school everyone I knew did. My parents sent me to a private church run school, which was of a different denomination. Over the years, I hoped and prayed that with doing all I was told, that I'd be able to outgrow this shadow that had "haunt" me basically all my life. In 1982, my senior year, I blacked out in the hallway of the high school and my mother took me to one of the local hospitals to have an EEG run on me; which, came out negative and showed no more abnormal brain activity. It was like my graduation gift from above.
A few years later I got married and was found to be pregnant. I went to tell my exciting news and the response I got from my mother before uttering a word was 'I am not going to have a mongoloid child brought into this family and the name disgraced.' I spoke to my specialist about the incident & he said he had many Epileptic patients & they had no issues with a normal child birth. My husband, feared for my health, was scared and petrified and supported me in my decision; which I didn't want to do & made me break into tears frequently over the next few years. We stayed married for 25 years and I raised my three children; who had no issues inherited from me. Over the years, from time to time, I would have Petite Mal seizures aka "Ice Cream Headaches" that would last about 30 seconds.
In 2011, I began having "ice cream headaches" once every so often; about every couple of months; but not as before - rather of a stronger level. In June 2012 while on a plane, I was reading a magazine (the last I remember) and the next thing I knew, a stewardess & a passenger were leaning over the seats in front of me & asking questions. Took some work to be allowed back home. I would have a few more of these happen; luckily while with family who knew better what happened. We would begin putting the puzzle pieces together to make a picture of what was happening so that it could be gotten under control.

 
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:44 AM   #2
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Re: Neurological issues & Menopause

What has your neurologist discussed with you? (Rhetorically speaking, of course) He or she should be the first source of information about your condition, assuming it is related to your previous seizures. Did you faint or have a seizure? I would think that I would want my regular Dr to check me out for possible causes of fainting, too, such as low blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and all that. If you can't remember what questions you specifically want answers to, write them down before your appointment or bring a trusted friend or family member, such as your husband, with you. Make sure that if you bring someone with you that you are comfortable sharing your health information with them. Also a list of your symptoms might be helpful as well. If you do not have a good rapport with any Dr, also remember that you can choose to see another Dr instead, to find a good fit for you. Best wishes.

 
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