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what's causing seizure activity?

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  • Posted By: petma43
  • May 16, 2008
  • 05:11 PM

My name is Nancy. I am currently being treated with Keppra for seizures of unknown origin. A bit of history may be helpful.
In July of 2007 I was bitten by a cat at work. Having been bitten previously in my line of work, I didn't think too much of it, and figured it would heal on its own. What I didn't know is that the cat had bitten through the joint capsule of my finger.
Three day later I was in emergency surgery because the infection had spread from my pinky finger to my ring finger, and I had developed sepsis.
I reacted to every anesthetic and medication that I received. I spent 5 days in the hospital, and came home with a PICC line in place. I received IV antibiotics for 6 weeks and was finally released to return to work.
In November of 2007 I began having little episodes of dizziness and nausea. I passed it off to excessive bleeding during perimenopause. I had an ablation procedure done in December to help curtail that problem.
In February of 2008 the episodes began increasing in frequency and intensity. I could no longer hide any of this from family and coworkers. About a month ago I wound up in the ER twice in one week due to seizure activity.
I spent 4 days in the hospital under the care of a neurologist. All the tests came out normal, and I was sent home on Keppra and told not to drive for 6 weeks. This has been the difficult part.
I should also tell you that I had viral meningitis about 20 years ago. Spent a week in the hospital recovering from that.
I am wondering if anyone has any information regarding the causes of these seizures. Could they be after effects of the cat bit incident? Possibly due to hormonal imbalance during perimenopause? Or due to the meningitis so many years ago?
Any information would be extremely helpful. This is very frustrating to me, as I sure many of you can understand.
Thanks in advance for any help

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  • HI!thanks for the reply! Seems like you're the only one who has any information available! :)I did have blood cultures run a few months ago, but they came out negative. The Lyme connection is an interesting one, although I feel that the doctors would blow that off as being unreasonable, and if the tests came back negative would not pursue that any furthur. That is not to say I won't suggest that to the neurologist; only that the MD's, with their high and mighty attitudes really don't want to listen to any suggestions if the tests they run come back normal or negative.Having worked in the veterinary field for years, I am very much aware that there are most certainly occasions whentests results show normal while there is still a condition present.I am seeking out any information that I can share with my doctor and am open to all suggestions. Any furthur ideas would be welcomed!And, thanks again for your reply! :)Nancy
    petma43 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, we can only guess. I don't think it was from 20 years ago at all; you recovered from that. I believe the cat bite caused this horrible experience. I hope you applied for Worker's Comp and had them pay for all of it. You have a claim and should see a Worker's Comp lawyer if this is less than a year old. You would need medical proof, however, and it doesn't sound like you have it, but you haven't seen your medical records. I think that once the virus is out of your system, the seizures should quiet down. I think the disease from the cat has settle in parts of your brain. Did they test the cat for rabies? You sound like you need to be checked for zootonic diseases. Go to a doctor that will run the tests:http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/pbs/zoonoses/
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • HI!Thanks for the reply!I did receive workman's comp for the time spent in the hospital, and the 6 weeks on IV antibiotics. Since there has been nothing thus far, that has proven my current condition is from the cat bit, workmans comp will not take care of the current medical bills, which continue to escalate. I am sure that if I could somehow prove this was related that workmans comp would kick in. At this point I am so frustrated and I am really tired of visiting doctors who don't seem interested in a condition that doesn't fit into a little box just so!I have felt from the time these episodes began in November that they are somehow related....the question is, how does one go about discovering that? Is there a particular type of doctor who specializes in zoonotic disease? As for testing the cat for rabies, the cat must be euthanized and the head sent in to the state university for evaluation. There is no other way to determine that existence, although if that were the case the cat would be dead by now anyway, and our clinic has certainly not heard anything of that nature.Thanks again for your reply! I am very happy to receive the information since my replies have been few. Maybe this is just such an oddball case a lot of people don't have answers! :) Still, I am very grateful for those that do!Nancy :)
    petma43 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Cat Scratch Disease can cause this. Try here: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/utsw/cda/dept28070/files/179381.html
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
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