#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

Location

Online

After suffering from seizures for over 10 years, and being transferred from doctor to doctor. When I met Dr. Tatum he immediately diagnosed the problem and found I was an excellent candidate for brain surgery. That was in 1997, I was debilitated from having approximately 100 seizures a day to having none now. I can drive and I own my own business because of Dr. Tatum. Thank you sir! Melissa Dickinson

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are there natural supplements or vitamins you can take to control you seizures

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Hi Dr. Tatum, My son had his first seizure when he was 25 and then had another one when he was 30. No meds in between. Doctor saying he has epilepsy now even though imaging has returned no evidence of epileptic activity. What would you say about this and what options are available for treatment? Thanks.

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Right now I take lamotrogine and seizures are fairly well controlled with the medication. I am trying to switch all my meds to natural and I’ve found a product called EPI-STILL. Would you recommend switching.

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What would you recommend for people who get seizures as a result of lupus? Thanks.

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I would like to share with you that I am now on a new medication called Briviact it is working well it took all my auras away I am a better person on this new medication if you have Partial Complex seizures check this medication out.

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@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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are you asking me Collen about my seizures yes I have several kinds I have Partial Complex Psycho Motor Grand mal seizures and psycho sim manic what do they call the ones that are brought on as a fake seizure I forgot the name. these are the ones I have

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@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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I forgot to mention that I am now on Briviact which is working so far my brain is not fogged up.

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@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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I think they are non epileptic that’s the one they say let’s have also.

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@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,i realize every person reacts differently.I started getting grand mals around 6 years old,will not talk about school years but a far as education i did fine.this was in 1960s early 70s someds were limited.took phenobarbital,tegretal,dilantin,when one med would stopworking try another,always a little under weight and maybe it was being afraid of getting a seizure that kept me very timmed. never had many friends ,very shy.To me medicine should help a person mentally and physically ,there are a lot of options seems like doctors jump to the first med they can.

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@lorispellman

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.

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Thank you for addressing my question. You have given a great amount of peace.Thank you again!

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