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Posted by Shelly on September 11, 1999 at 19:42:30:

Can all test results be normal or near normal and a person still be diagnosed with epilepsy?
The reason that I am asking is that I had normal or high normal results on most of the neuropsych testing.
I did was some mildly below average in the finger tap test with my left hand and also I scored borderline /low average for some of the memory tests.Also the EEG was normal as was the CATscan.
Because of all the relatively normal test results, the possibility that these are pseudoseizures was brought up.
So far they have started me out on depakote to see if it has any affect on my symptoms.
I have noticed that there is a change, in that the episodes are much less severe and frequent.

My next question is, would these be pseudoseizures if I am responding to the depakote, and if they don't seem to be associated with stressful or emotional events?
Mainly my episodes occur in the evening and I have also noticed that they have somewhat of a catamenial pattern.

My symtoms are, feelings of light-headedness or of a disconnected feeling along with nausea and my left arm jerking(it can sometime involve more on the left side). I have had times when I thought that I had blanked out. Most of the time however I will remain aware of what is happening.

Which leads to my second question, what kind of seizure is that-that is, would it be a complex partial because I feel disconnected from everything or would it be a simple partial because I can remember it?

Thanks

Shelly

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