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I was diagnosed with various neurological disorders---but is this actually a seizure?

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Old 06-19-2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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Exclamation I was diagnosed with various neurological disorders---but is this actually a seizure?

Hello! Sorry if this isn't the right place to post, but I wasn't sure where else to ask about seizures.

Let me begin, and please bear with me through my long history -- About 2 years ago I was on a roller coaster ride, came out of the seat, got whiplash, and I've had problems ever since. About a month or two after the accident, I started getting numbness in my hand, and occasionally my legs. I had an MRI, which was normal. Now, for the last two years I've off-and-on had numbness in my hands and legs, but I just sort of ignored it, as I was assured that everything was normal. Recently, after my hands and thighs started to involuntarily twitch, I was diagnosed with brachial plexus and cervical plexus neuralgia. Then, about a week ago, I started having problems with my right leg (pain from my lower back, through my thigh, and numbness in my foot). I was told that it was sciatica (or something to that effect). HOWEVER, last night when I was laying in bed ready to fall asleep, my eyes felt like they were rapidly moving up and down (as if I was looking at the headboard and then my feet) while they were still closed. I mean it was going so fast that when I tried to imitate it for my mother (with eyes open of course), I couldn't do it even 1/10th the speed. Then, my whole body, especially my arms, started to shake pretty bad. I immediately opened my eyes and I could see pretty much normally, so I assume that they eye movements stopped, and my hands stopped twitching shortly thereafter (maybe another 10 seconds). I thought that maybe I was over-tired or imagining it, so I tried to go back to bed again, but it happened once more. I was eventually able to fall asleep, but could what I experienced be a seizure?

Other symptoms that I had within 10 minutes of the first incident of this were feeling like I had difficulty swallowing, and my tongue was kind of "twisting" in my mouth, and I had to consciously think "OKAY, hold your tongue still!".

Today I felt pretty much okay, but I had a little blurry/double vision (I was told that this could be from the brachial/cervical plexus neuralgia, as I've had it many times before).

So please! I'm very worried! Can you please tell me if these are the symptoms of a seizure, or if they could easily be attributed to the two other existing conditions?

The only other thing that I could think of is that I took Zanaflex (muscle relaxer) for the first time in a month, and I've only taken it maybe 10 times previous to that over the past few months.

Thanks so much!

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Old 06-19-2006, 09:36 AM   #2
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Re: I was diagnosed with various neurological disorders---but is this actually a seiz

Oh, I forgot to add! Last night (the first thing that I posted was originally 2 nights ago, but I just moved it here today), I woke up and got an extremely odd sensation. I wasn't sure what was going on with me, or why I even woke up, but I just felt extremely uncomfortable. I was totally out of it, and I actually tried washing off my deodorant and then brushing my teeth. I don't even know why I did that, or why I thought it would help anything!!! After standing in my living room for maybe 5 additional minutes just trying to figure out why I didn't feel okay, I realized that I was having trouble breathing and used my albuterol inhailer (I have asthma too). I felt better after that (breathing I mean), but I was still TOTALLY out of it. I have NEVER not known when my asthma was acting up, but for almost 20 minutes, I couldn't figure it out and it freaked me out. I got very worried because I could have died or gotten seriously hurt-- I mean when you can't figure out that you can't breathe, how are you in any position to know about other problems you may be having??? When I tried to go back to sleep, I started getting little 'twitches' all over my body (nothing like the shaking the night before though).

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