Did You Know You Can Have Seizures While You Sleep and Not Know It?

by David_Jay 7 Replies latest social physical

  • David_Jay

    I have to take some time off even from some of my favorite activities for a while...that means here...until I can adjust to a new medical therapy.

    I just learned today that I have nocturnal epilepsy and have been having seizures almost every night for several decades! Wow!

    Just started medication that will mess me up when it comes to processing my thinking and typing for a while, so until that straightens out I will just have to read for now.

    But look it up. It's crazy. I also may be having other types of seizures too, just didn't know it. You can have them and be conscious at the same time. Looks like I get some of these several times a year too.

    Downing some anticonvulsives right now. Good night, shalom, and l'chayim!

  • smiddy

    Wow ,I`m so sorry , take care DJ , and yes I will look it up.

  • Phizzy

    Hi DJ,

    I hope things go well for you, and what a good thing there has been a diagnosis of your condition !

    Your contributions here have been an invaluable education to us all, long may they continue, but look after your health first and foremost.

    All the best,


  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    Health problems are a bitch. Take care of yourself and get better. Looking forward to your future threads. Still Totally ADD

  • dubstepped

    Whoa, who knew? That's so crazy. Take care of yourself DJ.

    How did you discover this? Sleep study? I wonder if most of us could benefit from one. Who knows what's going on then.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Take care, David_Jay:

    We who looked forward to never growing old, to the return to perfect health have had to make some serious readjustments in thinking and behavior.

    Wishing you the very best.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    I had a seizure during my sleep 9 years ago as a result of a meningioma (a tumor in the lining of the brain) one spot in the meninges over my right frontal cortex began thickening until it was about the size of a chicken's egg. This thickening compressed the underlying brain tissue until it "shorted out" and the seizure commenced.

    I was taken to the hospital Emergency Room via ambulance at about 3 AM and subjected to a series if "scans" to locate the source of the problem. Once the problem was discovered, surgery was scheduled for the following day. My consciousness faded in and out during this time. Surgery was a success! the skin of my scalp was peeled down over my face, a hole was drilled in my skull and the offending mass of meninges was removed. Then the disc of bone that had been drilled in my head was re-installed, my scalp was pulled back into place, and I had twenty-some-odd staples closing the incision. I looked like a Cenobite from the HELLRAISER movies. My neurosurgeon gives a BAD haircut!

    I was prescribed Dilantin, which didn't work for me (for which I am glad) and I had a second seizure exactly one month after the first. Back to the hospital... they figured out that I metabolize Dilantin VERY fast, so they put me Keppra (levetiracetam). I have had no seizures since.

    If you are awake and you have a seizure, it is like someone turns your consciousness OFF like a lamp. There is virtually instant transition, which is why seizures can be deadly. If you are walking down the sidewalk you fall like a bundle of rags and can easily suffer "secondary head trauma" and die. If you're driving the situation is more dire.

    Best wishes, David_Jay! Ask your doctor about Keppra.

    Now you know.

  • Chook

    The most effective cure is cannabis oil .

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