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My Little Cousin Has Seizures

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2008
  • 09:32 PM

My Cousin Is 19 Years Old And Has Recently Started To Have Seizures Out Iof No Where In The Last 4 Months She Has Had 3.. She Has Had An Eeg And Seen A Neurologists But They Have Not Diagnosed Her With Anything The First Time She Got One The Hospital Discharged Her With A List Of Rehabilitation Programs To Look Into. I Think It Is Odd That When She Has Seizures She Doesnt Urinate On Her Self Like I Have Seen Others Orheard That It Is Common For People That Have Seizures.. She Is On Medication. Dilatin I Thjink It Is Called To Help Prevent Them But We Need A Diagnosis!!

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  • I saw something on tv about heart defects causing seizures, and i know celiac can cause seizures i have to get off the computer but i will do some more research and post some links tomorrow.
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  • Has she had a CT (cat) scan or an MRI? They can take images of the brain to see if there is anything wrong - like a tumor. Does she have headaches or any other symptoms?No, patients don't always urinate on themselves when they have seizures. They often do with Grand Mal seizures (full body seizures), but not always. Is she having seizures where her body becomes very stiff for several seconds, and then her whole body convulses? If so, that is a Grand Mal.If the seizure activity is localized to an arm or leg, those type of seizures are called local seizures.Another type of seizure is an absence seizure - where they just stare blankly off into space.Is your cousin seeing a Neurologist? She needs to if she isn't already. Many times, they can't immediately determine the cause of the seizure immediately. But if she is on an anti-seizure med like Dilantin, she may need her dosage increased or maybe switch to another medication. They have Neuro labs that take patients off their meds, and then try to stimulate a seizure - with strobe lights, etc - while the patient is getting an EEG. That will often tell them which part of the brain is causing the problems. If your cousin is having seizure activity, she is not supposed to drive until she is seizure free for 6 months - for her safety, and the safety of others.Good luck! I hope she gets better soon. (I am a RN that worked in Neurological ICU for many years.)
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  • has she had these tests? blood testselectroencephalogram (EEG) - a procedure that records the brain's continuous, electrical activity by means of electrodes attached to the scalp.magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.computed tomography scan (Also called a CT or CAT scan.) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.lumbar puncture (spinal tap) - a special needle is placed into the lower back, into the spinal canal. This is the area around the spinal cord. The pressure in the spinal canal and brain can then be measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there is an infection or other problems. CSF is the fluid that bathes your child's brain and spinal cord.
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