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Posted by graham on February 10, 2000 at 23:18:25:

In Reply to: Concern//Symptoms alarming posted by Nancy on February 10, 2000 at 00:22:26:

Nancy. I think that your friend definitely has Complex Partial Epilepsy.

I have CPE and have done a lot of study from a number of sources and I have long ago learned that in no two people are the seizures the same.

Some people collapse, others go absent whilst others slurr their words and their eyes go hazy.

Furthermore the format of seizures can change and in my case I used to fall down in a heap (and in sometimes injure myself). Now the typical seizure is for only three minutes (so I am told) and I remain on my feet totally absent from the world and out to it altogether. Although the seizure only takes three minutes it takes 30 minutes for consciousness to return to me and for me to wake up.

On many occasions I wake up kilometres away having crossed busy roads and I don't remember how I got there.

My seizures used to happen in the office on the computer when I would collapse. Then they happened in a car so I don't drive a car any longer after a serious accident. Then they started to happen when I got off a bus and now they happen when I go to the toilet.

I also understand that others make strange noises or strange movements and I have read about others making sexual overtones and so it seems that it is quite likely that your friend has CPE.

The other thing to remember is that people with CPE do not react in the same way as people with Tonic Clonic (gran mal).

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