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Seizures or not?

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  • Posted By: WVBaker
  • June 7, 2007
  • 10:48 PM

Thank you for reading this. I’ll try to be brief and to the point.

The wife related the following actions that I have displayed, three or four times, over the past few months. The last time finally got my attention.

I could be standing or walking when, I enter into what best can be described as a state of disassociation. I get, and this is the way she describes it, a look as if I’m “drunk”. Speech slows down, eyes do stay open and I do however, for the most part, respond to her questions and statements. I remain standing and have never fallen or become unconscious. There are no “tics” such as with the eyes or lip smacking or muscle twitching. There are no symptoms related to a seizure, just this euphoric state of mind.

These “events” only last for a few minutes at a time, after which I return. During each I have no recollection of the event. I remember what happened prior to the “event” and immediately after.

I have been to see a neurologist and the CAT scan was normal. The EEG was normal and the, as I like to refer them, field sobriety tests were normal. He could offer no explanation for the “events” but, nonetheless, put me on Keppra. I can still remember him stating the following when questioned as to why he felt as though I had suffered a seizure and I quote, “if it walks like a Duck and quacks like a Duck, it must be a Duck”.

My GP after reviewing the test took me off the Keppra as she felt it was not needed. She too felt it was not seizure activity but, could offer no reason for them happening.

Has anyone experienced this or can anyone offer any ideas as to what these may be?

Thank You

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  • Transient Ischemic Attack? (mini-strokes). TIA's.
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  • It definently sounds like some sort of seizure activity to me, but I also have mini-strokes. All of this came on 2 years ago, It started like your description in fact identical to your description. Then it turned into small seizures and developed into grand-mal (spelling is off today, brain is on vacation lol) After all of thier MRI's and CT scans had come back normal they had pretty much given up and loaded me up on seizure medications because I am only 25 yrs old they thought it was "impossible" for me to have these illnesses. I became pregnant 13 weeks ago. I went to my OB/GYN. He is a miracle worker, he ran a panel of tests on me to try to determine the underlying cause. They came back that I have 2 out of the 3 major blood clotting disorders. Everyones blood naturally creates blood clots but another chemical breaks them down. Mine is lacking the chemical leaving the blood clots to run through my body. He thinks this is what has been causing all of my medical problems. I would strongly say that you should recommend to your doctor about possibly running the blood clotting test, it will either pinpoint one of the causes or rule them out. Good luck, and Take care.
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