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Posted by Pat on October 03, 1999 at 13:27:09:

In Reply to: Pseudoseizures and seizure type. posted by Shelly on September 11, 1999 at 19:42:30:

:I too have what my Neuro dx as Pseudoseizures and I have a smell of ammonia and a strange taste in my mouth before I have one. I have also expedrienced nausea and my right hand will be jerking for minutes at a time and I am semi aware of it happening. I had 4 seizures yesterday evening and will admit that I was very stressed. My Neuro told me that I need to work more closely with my Therapist and he said that he lets his patients with this disorder drive. I would be interested in hearing about others with PS. 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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