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Non-epileptic seizures

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 18, 2011
  • 04:31 PM

I am a 50 year old woman recently diagnosed with non-epileptic seizures. BUT, I have no history of mental illness, no past traumatic experience -- no reason to be experiencing these seizures for psychological reasons. II am happily married for 29 years, have three happy and successful children, I love my job, and feel happy and well adjusted. In addition to the seizues, I constantly feel off-balance. I have a slight tremor, sometimes noticeable, but most of the time inside my body when I move around. As long as I stay fairly quiet and immobile, I am okay. I feel extremely cold, but only in spells, and I also have spells of extreme exhaustion. My MRI showed only one small patch of white matter noted as insignificant. I was referred to a psychiatrist who put me on Pristiq even though I do not feel ANY signs of depression and also Clorazipan for anxiety even though I don't feel anxious. Neither of these seem to be helping although I have only been on them for three weeks.

I find many other possible causes of my other symptoms, but I can find no other causes for the seizures. I am conceding to a psychological cause and am also seeing a psychotherapist for CBT, but everything tells me we are on the wrong track. I am uncomfortable with the diagnosis, and I cannot let go of the fact that something else is causing this.

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  • I am a 50 year old woman recently diagnosed with non-epileptic seizures. BUT, I have no history of mental illness, no past traumatic experience -- no reason to be experiencing these seizures for psychological reasons. II am happily married for 29 years, have three happy and successful children, I love my job, and feel happy and well adjusted. In addition to the seizues, I constantly feel off-balance. I have a slight tremor, sometimes noticeable, but most of the time inside my body when I move around. As long as I stay fairly quiet and immobile, I am okay. I feel extremely cold, but only in spells, and I also have spells of extreme exhaustion. My MRI showed only one small patch of white matter noted as insignificant. I was referred to a psychiatrist who put me on Pristiq even though I do not feel ANY signs of depression and also Clorazipan for anxiety even though I don't feel anxious. Neither of these seem to be helping although I have only been on them for three weeks. I find many other possible causes of my other symptoms, but I can find no other causes for the seizures. I am conceding to a psychological cause and am also seeing a psychotherapist for CBT, but everything tells me we are on the wrong track. I am uncomfortable with the diagnosis, and I cannot let go of the fact that something else is causing this.REPLYRE: Constantly feeling off balance, and slight tremor, I suggest you schedule an appointment with an Otoneurologist or Otologist/Neurotologist.http://www.vestibular.org/find-medical-help/specialties-defined.php Wouldn't hurt to also get a thorough thyroid work up. Free T4, Free T3, TSH -minimal lab work (feeling cold and exhausted symptoms.)Good luck.
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