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Old 07-17-2002, 10:28 AM   #1
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Red face hypnosis

I have a bizarre story to tell in hopes that someone may have heard a similar one, or have any advice.
I am an active duty Marine that has been in the Corps for a little over 4 years. I am now undergoing the process of a medical discharge because "seizures are not compatible with the service."
This past Memorial weekend (end of May), my husband and I went to Las Vegas for our anniversary. Our second night there, we went to a stage comedy hypnotist show where I was a subject along with about 10 other people including my husband. When the hypnotist started the process of hypnotizing us, he used a strobe light. He told us to look at the strobe light and concentrate on it. "Get lost in it," he says. After we were under for about an hour, the hyp. tells all of us to, "sleep." Everyone's head fell into each other's laps. At this point, my hand started to twitch. The hyp. came over and out his hand on my head and told me to calm down. My hand stopped. This process repeated about 7 times in about 10 minutes. Then, my leg, on the same side of my body started to twitch. After he got this to stop, he brought us back out of the hypnosis. I was fine. I remembered everything from while I was under, it was just as though I couldn't control any of it. Like, I knew that I was going to be embarrassed later after the show, but, I couldn't help but do the stupid stuff he was telling me to do. As my husband and I were leaving the casino, there were many flashing lights from the slot machines. We passed a "Box Office" sign that had chasing lights on it. My body literally stopped dead in the middle of walking. I started this staring thing and then my right eye started to twitch, then my right side of my mouth, then my right hand, then arm, then leg. Then, all at once, it traveled to the other side of my body. The whole time I was conscious. The paramedics came, but let me go. On the way home, I had a seizure that wouldn't stop due to all the lights down the strip on the way to Nellis Air Force Base, where we were staying. I kept going in and out of consciousness. Once we arrived at the base, they called the base ambulance and brought me to their hospital. They got the seizures to stop, and transferred me to a civilian hospital b/c the base didn't have the equipment to treat or test me. Once at Sunrise Hospital, they did a cat scan, MRI, EKG, EEG, and a spinal tap. All came back normal, yet I was unable to turn the lights on in the room for almost 2 weeks or I would have a seizure. They discharged me and told me to follow-up at my base and to take 1000mg of Depakote a day. Once I was back at my base, I had seizures for about 2 more weeks due to photosensitivity, but then it sort of went away. Then, I started having them from stress. I quit taking the Depakote cause it wasn't working in my opinion. 3 weeks later, I was rushed to the emergency room because I had 4 consecutive seizures. When they wheeled me outside on the gurney, I had another one due to the sunlight right in my eyes. They had to give me Ativan to stop it.
Anyway, every time I have a seizure, I have this aura where I feel like I am really nervous and the light seems brighter than usual. Also, I feel like I am in a dream state. Then about 5-15 minutes later, it always starts with my right side from head, working its way down, then crossing over to the left side. I never lose consciousness; sometimes I have staring spells during them, then the shaking starts again. Also, I make the stuttering noises too.
Do you think that this could have been caused by the hypnosis? Weird, huh?! What is this? My other doctors think I have some form of epilepsy. Duh. I have another Neurology appointment tomorrow with a different Neurologist, so I guess that we will see what he thinks.

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Old 07-17-2002, 04:53 PM   #2
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I have heard of people having seizures due to bright lights/strobe lights. My mother (who I love dearly, but can be very overbearing) keeps telling me that I should not be on the computer or playing video games so much because she knows someone who has seizures that are caused by that. I keep telling her that mine are not but she still does not listen. Every time I have an EEG done (I have had 3 in the last year, but I am sure there are people that have had more), It is usually an awake/sleep EEG and at some point in time, they always use a strobe light. I hope everything works out for you and good luck.


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