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Old 01-13-2007, 01:06 AM   #11
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Oh, and it'* not THAT serious, really. It'* actually quite common and is CONSTANTLY misdiagnosed as ADD. It'* also 100% treatable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epilepsy
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:07 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear about this. It can't be easy. So do you have petit mal?

I don't know details, but my ex doesn't have the problem anymore. She had it when she was younger. Sometimes it will go away. And the good thing is you don't have violent physical seizures.

EDIT: Sounds like you have petit mal.
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OK, I guess that kind of makes sense, then. Damn, dude, I don't know. Sounds like your doc has a pretty good idea of what'* gong on and how to deal with it, at least.
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Yeah, he'* a specialist up in Chicago who'* also a Neurologist. He first sat me down after he got the results and asked me if I was dropped on my head as a baby
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What'* the name of the medication, if you don't mind. Or PM me.
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Learn as much as you can about the epilepsy. Research it. Beat it.

Don't think of it as a disability, use it to make you stronger. You may not be able to overcome it PHYSICALLY, but you can mentally. Use Hans as an example, or even me.

I've overcome partial paralysis myself, and most people don't even know it.
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My stepmother suffered petit mal seizures through her 20'* following a drunken tumble from a Jeep in her teens. When she found she was pregnant with my first little brother, she was faced with the decision to keep on her Dilantin (?) and have a very high chance of severe birth defects in the fetus, or go off the medication and risk seizing while pregnant and losing the baby. She went off the Dilantin, and never needed to go back on. Her symptoms disappeared and never recurred. I also have an uncle that has grand mal seizures, but controls it very well with medication.

There is life during and after epilepsy. Hang in there!
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Right off the bat, I felt exactly the same way you did when I found out that I had epilepsy. Thought my life was over as far as driving and goin out to bars with flashy lights and concerts and stuff. Its really not that bad for me though. I have a really mild case of it and although it could progress to grand mal eventually, Im not too worried. I have myoclonic seisures ( http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/seizure_myoclonic.html ) which are more of a pain in the *** than anything. I am still able to do most of the things I used to do before hand but Im more cautious about things. I dont drive at night, I dont go to concerts as much, and I stay out of clubs for the most part. The seisures are controlled with depakote and I have relatively few side effects. The most debilitating part of all this is I shake quite a bit due to the meds which makes some things like working on my POS car hard at times, but I deal with it best I can. Keep your head up man. Life isnt all that bad with epilepsy and you can often make people laugh just sayin stupid crap about not being able to do certain things cause of it. Just keep it goin and dont think about it much and be consistant with whatever meds the doc gives you. Ive learned the hard way with missing a dose or two. The symptoms come back and really kick you in the *** and make things a living hell untill you take the meds. Hang in there man, youll make it through just fine.

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What is the Name or classification they have given you...

proper medical definition...
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