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Posted by sarah on August 22, 2000 at 06:46:12:

In Reply to: do you share these symptoms? posted by Cindy G on August 21, 2000 at 20:37:30:

: I've been an epileptic since age 7 (I'm 33 now). I started with grand mal seizures, and then in 1990 after my daughter was born I started to having an unusual type seizure. I am on Dilantin, Depakote, and Lamictal. My questions are:
: 1. I seem to be sleepy a lot, and I had a sleep study done, and I averaged fall-asleep time to be 2-5min. Does this sound par for the course in taking all this medication.
: 2. For those having grand mal seizures-when you are awakening from the seizure and are still in that "out of it" state, do you have an overwhelming urge to get up and walk? After a seizure, when my husband's there, he has to keep forcing me back to bed--for some reason in my mind I have to get up and go somewhere.
: 3. The other "unusual" seizure I have can occur at any time, frequently around ovulation time. It's like a "whoosh"-it passes in an instant, sometimes I fall to the ground,sometimes not. People around me can't tell if I've had one. Sometimes after one of these it feels like that "out of it" feeling after a grand mal.
: I take Lamictal 200mg daily and Depakote 3000mg daily for these. I take Dilantin 400mg daily for the grand mal. Thanks for your help.

Hi Cindy

My son has been on Tegeratol and is switching to Epilim. He goes to sleep very quickly and soundly - I feel partly due to medication but also he has been able to settle quite quickly before the medication. As for 2. and 3. I'm sorry I can't help. Sarah

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