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Seizures or Hallucinations?

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  • Posted By: emerg73
  • January 10, 2008
  • 05:04 PM

I have Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, a generalized seizure disorder (and a weak, rather insignificant focus on the frontal lobe). But in the past 2 weeks I've been experiencing "hallucinations", eg: I made some toast and it came out burned black. Despite my husband's logical defence, I was unable to appreciate his reasoning or justification and vehemently asserted that the toast was charred. But a minute later, I noticed the "burned" piece miraculously appeared golden brown! I felt "weird" inside, kind of unnerved and unsettled, a bit shaky, I couldn't talk right and my pulse was racing. Although this is the same way I am after a grand mal, I figure in this case it could be attributed solely to sheer freaking out? (followed by utter dismay, ie. poring over the toast for the next half-hour)

I've only had a few of these events witnessed, and there hasn't been any associated amnesia or grand mals. I want to know if I'm having temporal lobe seizures or if they are hallucinations, attributed to something else.

Why am I able to rationalize only after the event and not during? During the hallucination when my husband was trying to convince me that I was not seeing properly, why was I not able to make the connection when he pointed out that if the toast was really black there would've been smoke to see and/or smell?


1. When people hallucinate during a seizure, are they able to be rational and/or cognizant that they're hallucinating?
2. If not, what else could be causing these hallucinations?
3. If this could be a seizure, is it possible to go from unaware you're hallucinating to aware you're having a seizure if someone tells you you're having one?
4. Was this even a true hallucination or is it considered a visual distortion?


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