Epilepsy or seizure disorder? Why stroke?
Do I have epilepsy or a seizure disorder? How do they differ? What would cause a stroke? My neurologist tells me my MRI's show many strokes and has asked "when did you have your last seizure?" or stated "let's try these meds to control your seizures". He has never referred to my having a seizure disorder or epilepsy and, for whatever reason, I'm relunctant to ask. My seizures started after a car accident 20 years ago and were referred to as frontal lobe partial complex seizures. My seizures were under control for many years, three years ago they have increased in intensity to "grand mal" type seizures, have become more frequent and sometimes multiple seizres a few minutes apart. I have had difficulty speaking and walking for as much as 12 hours after a seizure, a few caused ER visits and I have been hospitalized twice. I had one seizure while in the hospital that caused me to make very loud noises, I overheard the nurse say "I heard him all the way down to the nurses station", the neurologist replied, "I would have thought he was faking had I not saw that" and the nurse said, "we called in the stroke team". I was too out of it to ask questions. What would have caused a stroke?