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Posted by Janet on July 08, 2000 at 15:16:18:

In Reply to: Sleep and heat? posted by Carrie on July 03, 2000 at 08:08:55:

: My daughter had a first seizure last weekend that started when she was somehow woken from her sleep. Every once in awhile before the seizure when she woke up she was VERY shaky and acts like she is not quite awake and kind of out of it. This had happened for a long time now. If we go on car trips and she gets woken up when we get home before she is ready to be, she is disoriented and spacey acting for awhile.
: Plus when she sleeps she gets very hot. She sweats alot when she sleeps. I didn't know if any of this sounds like it might trigger seizures. I know fever heat can but has anyone had an experience that just plain being over hot can? How about sleep and awakening?

: Carrie

Carrie,

You may be onto something....from what I've been told it's NOT good for an epileptic to get overheated (I exercise out in the Florida sun a lot but make sure that I'm hydrated), there's no documentation on it that I know of but my doc (the same doctor that invented the vagus nerve stimulator) said there is a possible correlation. He said that he's had other patients complain of increased seizure activity when their overheated.
Gawd, do you know that reading about your daughter sounds just like me when I was first diagnosed?
The seizures in the "waking hours" , all has to do with the location of the epilepsy in the brain, mine are like that. I have simple partial seizures and it's been found that the affected area in my brain is the left temporal lobe. I'm 43 now but for some time the simple partial seizures have kicked in when I'm in a relaxed state (such as dozing off) .

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