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C.N.Red posted this thread...
Sept. 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Okay, so the other day in my English class we were talking about Lord of the Flies, and if you've read the book there's that epileptic boy named Simon in it. Well, my teacher started describing symptoms of Epilepsy, and I was really surprised to hear that some of the things I've been dealing with most of my life are considered signs of Epilepsy.
Here's the rundown: Every month or so, I get this weird sensation where most of my body goes numb, there's this ringing in my ears, and I lose total vision. Like I'm awake and aware, I'm just blind to the world. Like my vision goes all grainy and then it just blacks out. My balance goes all out of whack too. Other times I get dizzy, the same ringing in my ears, and I start seeing different colored spots.
I always thought this was normal, and I told my parents, and now I'm getting an EKG soon...I really hope I don't have epilepsy...but I also hope I do, because if it's not that, what is it?!?!?!

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DynamoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Sept. 15, 2012 at 1:55 am

Hmm.. Epilepsy can be a bit serious.Has anyone else in your family got it? Coz it can be conginetral(handed over at birth). Or did you just use a drug that causes seizures? Don't worry, it can be be solved by medication. Anticonvulsant drugs can help you (don't take them without a doctor, though!). So just stay calm and don't panic. That is what actually worsens the situation.

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C.N.Red replied...
Sept. 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Okay...well...I'm stressing out a little less now...since  I did some research on some national epilepsy sites, and it says I can lead a pretty normal life...except I can't get a driving licsense....I'm so upset!

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AnyaMarie replied...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I would see a doctor first. even if you don't have epilepsy you could be iron defficent... well thats what my doctor told me... but if you are fainting at all it's because your body is telling you somethings wrong. Looking it up on the internet can give you wrong facts and your condition woun't get taken care of. goodluck

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Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

I have been getting migraines since I was three years old, about once every 2 weeks to a month. I have all of the symptoms you have just descirbed, and they are perfectly normal for someone who gets migraines. Also, if you think about it, some of those are symptoms of having a stroke (ex: body going numb, loss of vision). Do you get headaches often? Even if you don't, these symptoms could be part of painless migraines. The reason you could be getting these symptoms is due to the fact that, when a person gets a migraine, the blood vessels in their brain constrict, causing all sorts of strange sensations.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, unless you are actually having seizures (then I would see a doctor). However, if you are still concerned, I would reccomend looking up "migraine auras" on Google.

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Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

Oh, I forgot something. Anticonvulsant drugs also help with migraines. As well, if you are getting painless migraines, fainting is common.

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C.N.Red replied...
Oct. 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

The other day I passed out...but I don't get headaches...I don't know...

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

It sounds a lot like simple partial seizures, which is probably what your doc was thinking as well. It's best to get it checked out as soon as possible. If this is what is causing thse symptoms, then early treatment and prevention of seizures can reduce the risk of more serious complications. Simple partial seizures can result in a secondary tonic-clonic seizure (the whole body shaking kind of thing that people associate with "seizures"), so it's best that you see the doctor and have things worked out to reduce the chance of things getting to that point.
 
Like you said, driving is problematic for epilepsy disorders, but once treatment is shown to be effective, there'll be nothing stopping you from being able to drive. Otherwise, life can be pretty normal with epilepsy. My sister has it and apart from having to take a couple of tablets morning and night you wouldn't even know.

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

You might not even have epilepsy. I'm no doctor, and even if I was, I don't know your case. The main advice I want you to take away from this is to see your doctor about it and let them figure out what's up.

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DynamoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

You can check out by electroencephalography(or EEG). Its the major test for epilepsy.

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Note that EEGs usually don't give positive results unless you're currently having a seizure. Epilepsy is often a diagnosis of exclusion.

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DynamoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

Yeah, and sometimes they show you the stimulus that elicits the seizure response before EEG.

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OceanStorm replied...
Oct. 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

This actually sounds like what happens to me when I get migranes!  I get them very badly at random times with no warning, but fortunatley not often, and all of this is followed by a headache that is so bad that I get nausous and have trouble breathing.

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