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absence seizures, Vertigo, Arrythmia ~ No diagnosis.

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  • Posted By: Jpkneal
  • February 7, 2009
  • 04:39 AM

My mom is 48yrs old and has controlled hypertension. Suddenly she started having these "attacks" were she has very intense vertigo and petit mal seizures. She can feel them coming on with a tingling sensation going up her spine and covering her head. She also has begun having an irregular heartbeat on ECG, but the cardiologist said it was normal and consistent with a murmur.

Brain scan with contrast dye was normal
MIR of brain was normal
All lab testing was normal, but it was basic testing, such as a metabolic panel and cbc, drug screen, heavy metals.

The oddest thing about the "vertigo" (which her doctor and an ER doctor both insist she has) is that it comes on only when lying down, or moving in to a sitting position. As soon as the seizures stop and she can get on her feet and move around they just stop. She does not get them when she is walking or moving.

She has 30-40 of these "absent seziures" a day, even when she is sleeping.

None of the vertigo meds have helped. The only thing that brings short term relief is (effects last about 4-5 hours) is 10mg of prednisone.

Please help give me some direction to go on. I plan to insist on him running more test on monday and not telling her to "just live with it."

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