#MayoClinicNeuroChat about Epilepsy

Wed, Nov 29, 2017
2:30pm to 3:00pm CT

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Learn about epilepsy from Dr. William Tatum, a neurologist specializing in epilepsy at our campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

Learn more about:

  • Causes
  • Types of epilepsy
  • Medication

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I was diagnosed with encephalitis in 1997 ,autoimmune encephalitis disease in 2014, and then elevated ammonia in 2014 and l had balance issues since 1997 and then it got worse in 2014. I have torn my cal and fell out in public. I was diagnosed with non-epileptic seizures and then conversion disorder. I had 5 stunts on my liver and then when l went to then l was told one shunt blood was not flowing and the procedure was done wrong. Now my husband is noticing l am moving my hands everyday in the same place. Is that a form of a seizure? Or can that be part of my high ammonia levels? I have come off some of my meds and l am so much clearer in my thinking and also l am allergic to a lot of meds .can that also be another reason why l am moving my hands a lot?

I am sorry to hear about your health condition that you acquired I wonder if I have some of the same issues Thank you for sharing I will take it up with my doctor to see if that is what has happen. Blessings Cindy Pekarek.

My 7 year old daughter was just diagnosed with epilepsy 2 months ago. She has had 3 grand mal seizures and many absence seizures for unknown period of time (looking back probably years). Heathy, normal pregnancy and childhood up until now. No major illness, has had all vaccines. She’s a sweet girl normally, intelligent, athletic. MRI “normal”. At first she was started on keppra (after second seizure, before EEG), cross tapered on depakote when realized it was absence by EEG. Had 3rd grand mal seizure a few days after taper off keppra. Depakote level in the 60’s at 125 BID so was increased. Now on 125 mg in am and 250 at night. She’s ravenous, irritable and physically combative. She’s 46 pounds (very petite) but has gained 5 pounds already. Is there a better Med than depakote? I know she needs to increase the depakote (I’m pretty sure she had a grand mal seizure in her sleep 2 nights ago, she’s still having absence seizures daily and Iher repeat level was 67) but her behavior is just getting worse and she’s gaining weight. Is there any better alternative????

@cindypekarek

I am sorry to hear about your health condition that you acquired I wonder if I have some of the same issues Thank you for sharing I will take it up with my doctor to see if that is what has happen. Blessings Cindy Pekarek.

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Welcome to Connect, Cindy. Do you have a diagnosis of epilepsy? We look forward to getting to know more about you and to connect you with other members.

@lucyd719

My 7 year old daughter was just diagnosed with epilepsy 2 months ago. She has had 3 grand mal seizures and many absence seizures for unknown period of time (looking back probably years). Heathy, normal pregnancy and childhood up until now. No major illness, has had all vaccines. She’s a sweet girl normally, intelligent, athletic. MRI “normal”. At first she was started on keppra (after second seizure, before EEG), cross tapered on depakote when realized it was absence by EEG. Had 3rd grand mal seizure a few days after taper off keppra. Depakote level in the 60’s at 125 BID so was increased. Now on 125 mg in am and 250 at night. She’s ravenous, irritable and physically combative. She’s 46 pounds (very petite) but has gained 5 pounds already. Is there a better Med than depakote? I know she needs to increase the depakote (I’m pretty sure she had a grand mal seizure in her sleep 2 nights ago, she’s still having absence seizures daily and Iher repeat level was 67) but her behavior is just getting worse and she’s gaining weight. Is there any better alternative????

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Hi Lucy, Good question for the upcoming Q&A. In the meantime, I encourage to read some of the other discussions in the Epilepsy & Seizures group, where you’ll meet other parents caring for children with epilepsy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/epilepsy-2bb359/
You may wish to post in one of these discussions:
* My son was just diagnosed https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-son-was-just-diagnosed/
* Ketogenic diet for children http://mayocl.in/2j4h7zQ
* Daughter with Newly Diagnosed Generalized Absence Seizures https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/daughter-with-newly-diagnosed-generalized-absence-seizures/

i am a 51 year old female ,i had absence seizures for 10 years ,1995 surgery at Mayo in Minnesota ,had been seizure free for 21 years. Last year i was diagnosis with Transient Global Amnesia. lasted about 24 hours, cat scan and mri were good. Taking Keppra and tapering off. My primary Doctor and Hospital Neurologist told me if this doesn’t work i need to see a different neurologist. Scared and don’t know what to do.

My 6 year old brother has been suffering from epillepsy since he was 9 months old.He has been on several medications including keppra,sodium vibrate,phenobabiton,clonazabam etc but the drugs could not suppress his seizures. He would have more than 10 seizures a day. Now he is on clobazam and lamotrigine, but the seizures have not stopped.Is there a better alternative??

How common are myoclonic seizures for individuals diagnosed with [any form] of epilepsy and what are the triggers – if any?

At age 56 years old, for the first time in my life, I had a complex partial seizure. I’m having them weekly. MRI of brain show benign cyst that has not grown. Is this what’s causing seizures or could it be hormones? Thank you.

How common is this, I’ve been diagnosed with both epileptic and non epileptic seizures?

@shalpin41 @cigo @epilepsypatientadvocate @fay6 @lorispellman @lucyd719 – great questions for today’s Q&A session. I also invite you to:
1. +Follow the Epilepsy group
2. Introduce yourself to the group in this discussion: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/living-with-epilepsy-introduce-yourself-meet-others/

My now 7 years old son had meningitis when he was 6 weeks old. He had couple of seizures when he was in hospital. He was fine until 5 years. Then seizure came back. Since then he is in Keppra. Even though we are increasing Keppra dose with his age and weight, still he is having 3 to 4 short seizures each day. Now I’m at a point to see another doctor for second opinion. Can you suggest me what can I do next?

@lucyd719

My 7 year old daughter was just diagnosed with epilepsy 2 months ago. She has had 3 grand mal seizures and many absence seizures for unknown period of time (looking back probably years). Heathy, normal pregnancy and childhood up until now. No major illness, has had all vaccines. She’s a sweet girl normally, intelligent, athletic. MRI “normal”. At first she was started on keppra (after second seizure, before EEG), cross tapered on depakote when realized it was absence by EEG. Had 3rd grand mal seizure a few days after taper off keppra. Depakote level in the 60’s at 125 BID so was increased. Now on 125 mg in am and 250 at night. She’s ravenous, irritable and physically combative. She’s 46 pounds (very petite) but has gained 5 pounds already. Is there a better Med than depakote? I know she needs to increase the depakote (I’m pretty sure she had a grand mal seizure in her sleep 2 nights ago, she’s still having absence seizures daily and Iher repeat level was 67) but her behavior is just getting worse and she’s gaining weight. Is there any better alternative????

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Hi Lucy! You are not alone! There’s another mother in this discussion who is also looking for answers. I’ll summarize your question and ask Dr. Tatum during the Q&A. I also wanted to share these other videos with you:
• #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Epilepsy: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/askthemayomom-about-pediatric-epilepsy/
• #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/askthemayomom-about-pediatric-epilepsy-surgery/
• Webinar: Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/pediatric-epilepsy-treatment-options/

@fay6

My 6 year old brother has been suffering from epillepsy since he was 9 months old.He has been on several medications including keppra,sodium vibrate,phenobabiton,clonazabam etc but the drugs could not suppress his seizures. He would have more than 10 seizures a day. Now he is on clobazam and lamotrigine, but the seizures have not stopped.Is there a better alternative??

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Hey Fay, and welcome to Connect! I’ll summarize your question and ask Dr. Tatum during the Q&A. I also wanted to share these other videos with you:
• #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Epilepsy: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/askthemayomom-about-pediatric-epilepsy/
• #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/askthemayomom-about-pediatric-epilepsy-surgery/
• Webinar: Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/pediatric-epilepsy-treatment-options/

@irinh_2000

My now 7 years old son had meningitis when he was 6 weeks old. He had couple of seizures when he was in hospital. He was fine until 5 years. Then seizure came back. Since then he is in Keppra. Even though we are increasing Keppra dose with his age and weight, still he is having 3 to 4 short seizures each day. Now I’m at a point to see another doctor for second opinion. Can you suggest me what can I do next?

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Hi irinh, and welcome to Connect! You are not alone! There’s another mother in this discussion who is also looking for answers. I’ll summarize your question and ask Dr. Tatum during the Q&A. I also wanted to share these other videos with you:
• #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Epilepsy: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/askthemayomom-about-pediatric-epilepsy/
• #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/askthemayomom-about-pediatric-epilepsy-surgery/
• Webinar: Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/pediatric-epilepsy-treatment-options/

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