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Posted by Phaedra6 on March 18, 2000 at 10:31:13:

In Reply to: Can Epilepsy Return? posted by Colleen on March 14, 2000 at 08:50:55:

I had several seizures at 15. The condition was controlled by medication (Dilantin. After two years on the meds, I hadn't had anymore seizures, and my EEG showed no spiking, so I was taken off them. Four years later, I started having them again. There was no precipitating incident (like a bump on the head) either time. No one can tell me why they came back. They were just there. It was very discouraging. I felt bad about the pressure it put on my family because they were so worried about me, I couldn't drive, etc. They've been very supportive and understanding, though. Making sure you have good support in your family and friends is very important.

I haven't had any seizures in several years, but both I and my doctors are hesitant to go off the meds again (Dilantin and Carbamazepine this time), given my history.

Good luck to you and hang in there. It's not a happy situation, but it will get better.

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