When is comes to medication, all my neurologists and I repeat the same conversation. Some may have different methods, but this example is the typical talk track.
ME: I had a breakthrough seizure in April.
DOC: We will start you on Keppra XR at 500mg at bedtime, as we think this is an effective anti-convulsant with the least amount of side-effects.
ME: I had another nocturnal seizure in August.
DOC: Ok, lets increase your dosage from 500mg to 1000mg in Keppra XR.
ME: I had another seizure……
What is an EEG Test?
So Brain Cells are known to “communicate” with each other through electrical impulses. An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain. So I guess, an EEG can help detect potential problems associated with this activity. This definition makes sense to me, but I’ve been trying to figure out why and what is causing my brain cells to misfire all over the place?
WHEN: October 2015 – 48 HOURS STRAIGHT
WHY: Doctor’s Orders
I let my doctor order a 48 hour EEG test to see if there were any abnormal activities going on, specifically when I am sleeping.
So it’s been about 5 months since my last post. I have been lagging but I’ve been super busy with more of these nocturnal seizures! I’ve had about 4 more nocturnal seizures since October 2015. Total lifetime seizures in these last 2 years is 9. I wish I could go back to the time when I was seizure free for 9 months, that was great. I will try and fill you in as much as I can on this Seizure Plague that hit September 2015.
October. . .September. . . November. . . January. . . February
In my last post, I mentioned the seizure I had by myself before a 4am flight. Now after that episode, I was up to 2,000 Keppra XR only taken at bedtime. Then another episode hit in November, (that was before another early morning flight – coincidence? After that one, my Doctor wanted to check in and discuss medication options.
I like to solve things, puzzles, games – they’ve been my favorite. Yet, I am still trying to figure my “brain game” out. I should mention that I quit the Birth Control Pill in August (2015). I’ve been on it for 8 years, it never caused huge side effects – just the normal ” hormonal crazy”. I was pretty regular. The reason why I got of it was…. NO – I wasn’t trying to get pregnant. Nope. Nope. Not there yet. I got off of it because I was trying to eliminate reasons why I developed epilepsy all of a sudden – back to my puzzle solving. So my boyfriend and I decided to test it and get off it and maybe that would reduce the seizures. But since I got off of the birth control pills, they have been getting worse and happening more frequently.
3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Seizures Experiences – July – October 2015
9 months seizure free and i’m feeling good. I’m still required to take my meds everyday – the 1000mg of Keppra XR. I didn’t change my diet drastically but made some healthy changes. I also didn’t drink as much – I was doing 2 – 3 glasses of wine max. I did not want to accept I was epileptic. We all thought this was a phase until another nocturnal seizure happened – again on a Sunday. Continue Reading…
So after my first neurologist appointment, I was under the impression that since it was technically 1 cluster of seizures, and that there was not enough data, that I don’t have epilepsy. But since my license was suspended and they were unsure if I would have another (maybe during the day) the doctor required me to start on anti-convulsion medication called Keppra.