Posted by Johnna
on September 22, 2000 at 23:24:43:
In Reply to: DESPERATE Re: STRESS AND EPILEPSY (And -Diabetes, hypothyroidism, depression and hypertension). posted by Chedza on September 22, 2000 at 04:40:21:
: : :I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED IF THEY ARE
: : : BROUGHT ON BY STRESS, HAS THIS EVER BEEN A PROBLEM
: : : WITH ANYONE ELSE ?
: : I am not sure that my seizures are triggered by stress, but I know I cannot handle stress anymore since I began having seizures 25 years ago.
: Juliana and Ed,
: Hi, I'm new to the board, so here goes !!!!!
: I have an answer based on my own experience for you Juliana and a question for Ed, as well as a whole other range of questions in general.
: I'm 27 and was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilesy (partial complex) 2.5 years ago - this was after 10 years of constant headaches, blacking -out, increased shaking, extreme
: mood swings. Stress for me defenetly plays a factor. Being bi-polar i've been on prozac on and off, and in the beginning like an idiot
: I drank. I was on 800mg of Teretol twice a day and 200 mg of what you call lamactil (in Botswana it goes by the trade name of
: lamectin). I also have a hyper thyroid and am on thyroxine supplements. Stress makes me come undone. All I can do during
: those periods is get through the working day and then crash on the weekends.
: I'm interested that you say you can't handle stress Ed. We're all prone to it - so what do you do?
: As I said i'm from Botswana. Though my doctors are based in south Africa. I recently came back from holiday (during which time I was non-compliant with any of my medications)
: -can you blame me? It was the Bahamas. I didn't think a couple of drinks was going to hurt and
: trust me, it was only a couple. However while I was away I suffered from severe water retention,
: and constant headaches - sometimes I was ravenously hungry and other times I didn't have an
: appetite. Now I'm home anf my Dr. gave me a diuretic. Fine. The water retention went away but
: now my blood pressures shot up, I'm losing about half a kilo a day I'm depressed, irratable,
: constantly naseus, fatigued, thirsty, faint, light-headed and can barely keep any food down.
: So when I eat, meals are small, few and far-between. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
: Is anyone else on the combination of drugs I'm on?
: I'm so afraid that on top of everything else I've got diabetes. I have a doctors appointment
: for next week in case I still feel like this - I'm scared, can anyone out there give me some advice?
: I'M DESPERATE.
Hi! I'm also on a combination of 500 mg Tegretol and 300 mg of Lamictal.I have never been controled
by any of the many seizure medication I' ve taken. On this combination I'm doing great. No seizures
in almost 9 months! Thats a record for me! I'm 36 and was diagnosed with right temporal simple
and complex partial seizures when I was 27. 1 Tonic Clonic seizure. That was enough for me.
I've been through surgery,I wish I never had ( thats a long story), with no success.
I have never figured out what my triggers are but as far as stress I've heard that is a very comon
trigger as well as diet and rest.I've also been through not wanting to eat and losing quite a bit
of weight and basicly feeling lousy! That was when I was taking Depakote. Its been a very long
road but I've hung in there and now I'm doing great. And so will you, so hang in there.
Best of luck! Johnna