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Old 08-13-2007, 05:05 AM   #1
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since i found i had epilepsy a year ago i have noticed an increase of vivid dreams and amazing recollection of them. no one i know is able to recall distinct details of their dreams like the clothing of a person near you or what shoes i may have been wearing. not only am i able to recall these amazingly well, what else is interesting is how random these dreams are. they often pick random people i know or dont know but have seen-like the lady who delivers pamphlets to my house who i have never met but dreamed about yelling and argueing with me, i also dreamed she had a son who was quite fat and wore an orange shirt and we were at a volleyball match. now i was wondering if this is epilepsy, or if it is just an extremely vivid imagination?

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Old 08-13-2007, 08:27 AM   #2
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Re: epilepsy and dreaming

I have weird dreams about people I don't know (fiction dreams?) that are amazingly detailed, but I don't always remember them. I hadn't associated them with seizures, but who knows. I do have night seizures. But I might also just be having weird dreams because of medication, being really tired, etc.

Old 08-13-2007, 08:42 AM   #3
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I also have alot of dreams that I remember real clearly. Yet, while I am sleeping and having these dreams I am also having seizures. Alot of times I am waking up with bruises and have no idea how I got them.

Old 08-13-2007, 01:49 PM   #4
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thanks very much. i have always had nocturnal seizures, but what you have said makes me think that maybe i am having complex partial in my sleep. im not having tonic clonic as i normally bite my tongue to pieces, but i will investigate that further

Old 08-14-2007, 07:44 AM   #5
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I'd noticed the dream association with epilepsy before. Weird, isn't it? I have out-of-body dreams. I recently dreamt I was a young Japanese boy in a fishing village, and it was so detailed and vivid, down to sound and smell and color, I had trouble waking up and focusing my awareness. I was hung over with this dream all day. The brain is a strange thing.

Old 08-15-2007, 12:47 PM   #6
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Re: epilepsy and dreaming

I've been exactly the opposite since (thinking) Keppra started. Very rarely do I have dreams that I can recall. It's very possible that I dream, I just don't recall having them.
I mean rare for me to dream now! I would dream before on I'd guess the usual basis. A few times I had what I'd call freakish dreams dealing with friends, not scary, but very odd due to their medical condition at the time (of the dream). Those occations were a good 7 years ago!!

However now I have what I call a lack of dreams. My educated guess is, it is from the medications. I can't base that on any facts whatsoever; it as I say ***just a guess*** knowing that medications effect our minds. Trust me, a "lack of dreams" is very odd. I wouldn't mind having them (dreams) back now and then.

Thats comments from the opposite side. Hope I didn't burst your bubble.


Old 08-15-2007, 03:03 PM   #7
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Travis, that's funny, well, not in a "ha-ha" sort of way, that you mention your lack of dreams since starting Keppra, as my dreams have become even more vivid since I started taking it in March! ? ? ? ?

I've always had very vivid dreams and I used to keep a dream journal, inspired by a college course I took a gajillion years ago. I have recurring dreams that pick up where the other left off and I swear it will someday make a great novel. For years that particular dream was in a holding pattern...same scenario played every night and just wouldn't progress. I know the story is a murder/mystery that takes place in Hawaii (never been there but I can describe the locale)...the characters are well-rounded and the storyline, well, I just don't know where it came from but I know every time my alarm went off I would get MAD becuz it meant I had to go to work and my "book" had to wait and the next chapter would perhaps write itself out in my head the following night.

Then I got this blasted "E" and started these meds and the dreams stopped...until Keppra. Now my Hawaiian-based murder/mystery is starting to come back, and the storyline is finally moving along and I'm psyched!

Perhaps these messed up temporal lobes can be of use afterall, eh? I say, enjoy the dreams when you have 'em!
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:47 PM   #8
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well i thought id just write down my newest dreams and thought about them. not only are they getting weirder and even more vivid, i goto sleep expecting them to come. my nightly thoughts are "well, i wonder what im in store for tonight??" haha. last night i had a dream about a horse that was standing in a camera shop, it then turned into a dog that i chased, the night before that i was following pikachu (yes the yellow pokemon) around a lake after i washed ashore, and the night before that i dreamed i was at the ski fields where there was a large mall, and in it there was a little chinese shop which i went into and the woman said to me "its daffodil day and i sold a plastic daffidol" in a merry tone" then after the chairlift i was on began to swing violently and made me fall off and i hung onto a bar underneath till i dropped off onto a higher mound of snow. now not only are these dreams odd, but when i wake up, its like i was actually there. they are so realistic when i woke from the ski one i was absolutely terrified from the falling and i was cold all over from the snow but i was under many blankets, the horse dream, i woke up with the greatest need to jump on a horse, just to fall off. i normally wake up at about 4am with these and have to wait till i have come to my senses and pulled myself out of the realism of the dream. so i lose about half an hour of sleep per night.

any of your weird dream stories are welcome

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