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Help my dad!His doctor will not.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 29, 2008
  • 03:52 AM

My father is 66 years old retired Army enlisted with three tours to NAM. He has a standing diagnosis of PTSD. He has faught prostate and colon cancer and has WON. But the current Doctor he is seeing is trying to tell him the type II Biploar is causeing his seizures.

He has had two heart attackes, smokes like a chimney, and might be bipolar. I am bipolar and have done my homework quite extvensive and told him she is a insane if she believes his siezures are from bipolar.

The seizures are quite profound or very mild.

The mild siezures occure ten to fifteen times a day this would be uncontrollable tremors in his arms, legs, or other parts of the body last less then 2minuets. The middel road ones is it would be more then one extremity going slight confusion and loss of balance this can occure a few times a week to multiple times a day aproxx five minutes. The really bad ones he loses conciouness, his heart beat goes irregular, blood pressure swings uncotrollably high then low then back to high it looks like a heart attack but no additional damage is done to the heart Minutes. This has occured but once a month or every few months.

I am not a doctor but I don't agree with this women on her current diagonises. He is taking Lamitical 600mg and an anxiety med. Which I agree with but I think she is missing something. All this has done is lessen the number of attackes but not the severity of them.

I am worried about him, but more so about my mother who dosen't want to go to work for fear of his safety or do anything if it is not real close to him. This is just not a good situation. If anyone has a good though on this please share it with me.

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  • Oh please...dump that doctor; she can't be the only one where you live. He has serious issues and needs to be under the care of a real doctor or two. Have your mother find him about three new doctors: an internist, a cardiologist, a neurologist and an attorney, after you get a diagnosis, to write a letter to the first doctor saying you are going to sue her.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oh please...dump that doctor; she can't be the only one where you live. He has serious issues and needs to be under the care of a real doctor or two. Have your mother find him about three new doctors: an internist, a cardiologist, a neurologist and an attorney, after you get a diagnosis, to write a letter to the first doctor saying you are going to sue her. nods.. i agree completely with the above poster.. please get him some proper help. Some doctors will blame anything they cant work out themselves on mental illness.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sorry to disagree, but there is a strong correlation between bipolar illness and epilepsy. Try here: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1408280
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • he still needs a neurologist..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • If it is epilepsy.. they should know that by doing an EEG. (they shouldnt just guess.. EEG will show if the seizures are epilepsy or not).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • First thing to rule out IMO is medications causing seizures - there are many that have this as a side effect, and it is usually completely overlooked by doctors. What meds is he currently taking?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you everyone for your conceren. He had a team of three cardio specialest rule out that his heart was causing the issue. This is his nurolgist trying to tell him this. He is on blood thinner, antibotics, nexium, lamtical and an anxiety pill. This has been progressing worse over the years and only the pills seem to do is slow down the lenght of the intervals of seizures. He has an fMRI, CT Scans, EEG's and no answers other then this current diagnoises. I think me and my dad are going to have a fight because i think you all are right he needs a new doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you everyone for your conceren. He had a team of three cardio specialest rule out that his heart was causing the issue. This is his nurolgist trying to tell him this. He is on blood thinner, antibotics, nexium, lamtical and an anxiety pill. This has been progressing worse over the years and only the pills seem to do is slow down the lenght of the intervals of seizures. He has an fMRI, CT Scans, EEG's and no answers other then this current diagnoises. I think me and my dad are going to have a fight because i think you all are right he needs a new doctor. Please specifically list ALL the med names he is currently taking or if you prefer look them up on www.drugs.com and click the drug interactions tab. This is an extremely useful tool to determine drug interactions that may be occuring that doctors and pharmacists might miss. I had a patient this week, 76 year old with Alzheimer's that had developed a chewing habit - constantly chewing uncontrollably. Her doctors told her it was just a "nervous" habit and not to worry. Since she started doing this after taking a new drug patch I looked up the patch side effects and "uncontrolable muscle spasms of the tongue, jaw" was listed as a serious side effect of the drug. I have many more serious examples of doctors missing side effects, including a 5 year old girl who developed seizures after taking an antibiotic...the ER docs completely missed this connection!! Even when it lists seizures as a side effect IN BOLD! They were planning on doing a host of invasive tests when all they needed to do was look up their PDR drug reference book and get the child off the antibiotic:confused:. Many antibiotics have seizures as a side effect! I strongly feel that there is a drug connection to your dad's issues. Please don't discount this - most docs don't address this and you need to be an informed consumer. www.drugs.com and www.rxlist.com are two excellent websites to research this. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
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