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seizures - what do I need to know?

Posted by @guff226, Sat, May 26 8:19pm

my wife this last wk was sent to hospital in ambulance cause of chest was hurting her and when she got to the er her blood pressure dropped and she had her first seizure then and they put her in hospital and she has had probably 20 since then they gave her med for siezures but reaaly never found out what caused it now what do I do I need some help

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Have they done an MRI or an EEG? Talk to a neurologist about these and see what's triggering these as soon as you can

Definitely find a good neurologist that specializes in seizures.. what kind of seizure did she have?

Hello @guff226 , Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Checking in to see how you and your wife are doing tonight. Did they do more testing or were the Physicians able to find out what's triggering her seizures yet?

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Hello @guff226 , Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Checking in to see how you and your wife are doing tonight. Did they do more testing or were the Physicians able to find out what's triggering her seizures yet?

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Your wife probably had all the usual tests while hospitalized. Hopefully she was given a thorough Neurological exam along with a complete medical history EEG, MRI plus blood tests are the most usual first step tests. CT, PET are sometimes done and rarely specialized DNA tests on certain chromosomes are preformed. Doctors sometimes order various heart tests as well and possibly an MRA which is done in a MRI scanner which shows the arteries and blood flow in the brain. Sometimes a patient may be referred to an Endocrinologist for complete chemical and/or hormonal testing.
Unfortunately, most patients are diagnosed with idiopathic (unknown) Epilepsy. My diagnosis is idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy. There are many Epilepsy syndromes and at least 35 different medications so it can take a long time to find the right drug cocktail. Hopefully your wife will be in the 70% who are controlled on medication. Good luck to you both

You may want to go to a major Medical Center to see an Epileptologist.

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