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ABI, Cough Syncope and Seizures

Brain & Nervous System | Last Active: Jan 27, 2019 | Replies (11)

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@dawn_giacabazi

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Hi Pam
Definitely a scary and stressful situation. Based on my experience I have a few questions. Has Michael been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Can he predict or does he have any warning before coughing attacks? Has he had an EEG? Has he had a sleep study? Has he been evaluated in a seizure monitoring clinic?

Not sure if he has tried this technique but Exhaling before he coughs may help him but that is a technique usually my COPD patients use to prevent the syncope episode.

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Dawn

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Hi Dawn. I never heard of a seizure monitoring clinic, and had no luck getting a seizure specialist yet.
Michael has been told that he has some sleep apnea, but he has not used a CPAP. No COPD.
The episodes are extremely sudden and often happen if he takes a sip of water and starts to cough, or takes too deep a breath. But the respirologist said that it's not respiratory. Color me baffled.
Michael does sometimes snore, and he wakes 2-3 times a night.

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