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HELP! On going seizures for past month.

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  • Posted By: lisafgillman
  • June 26, 2007
  • 05:44 PM

My father, who is 62, has been healthy as a horse until recently. A little over a month ago he started exibiting overly paranoid behavior. He even when so far as to believe that pharmaceutical companies were out to get him.
After being admitted to a local hospital, he became completly catatonic. He was then transferred due to an infection. While he was being treated for the infection, they ran some EEG tests. His brain scans came back showing that he was having constant focalized seizures. There is very little down time between his seizures.
So far his MRI's, CAT scans, X-rays and blood work are all coming back clean. Other than the infection, (which is now pneumonia) and the seizures he is stable and in good health.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Anyone with any ideas, please help. It has been a over a month now and the nurologists are stumped. He is not responding to anti-convulsive medication.

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  • What medication was he on prior to this problem?
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  • Have they checked him for increased insulin and c-peptide levels? I have something similar, I don't have seizures as often, but all of my neurologic tests have come back totally normal. Seizure medications will have no effect because the seizures are happening because there is a significant increase in c-peptide/insulin levels. The increase in insulin could be coming from a tumor that is located in the pancreas. This is called an insulinoma. They are usually rare and more common in women but definitely worth asking about. I know the word "tumor" sparks panic but these tumors are mainly non-malignant, non-metastatic and easily removed once they are located. The only problem is they can be very small and difficult to locate without a lot of diagnostic tests. My Neurologist didn't bother looking down this road with my first seizure even though my blood sugar was 35. I hope you can find a reason for these seizures. I know how scary they are, espcially when someone is totally healthy outside of that. Please keep me informed of what you find out!
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  • sorry no reply recently. he has not been on any meds. He was healthy with no known problems. In fact, he has not been to a doctor in three years. On a counter point, he has been taking herbal supplements, (ginsing, kaboochi? etc) for a while. He fully believes in herbal remedies for anything. And thanks for the post on the tumor. I will definatly check out his insulin et al levels. I do know tht his insulin has been as high as 170 and as low as 90. I hope your treatment is going well.God bless both of you,Lgillman
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