Hi Hon, I have left temporal lobe seizures and yes they are Epilepsy. I am on 800mg Carbamazepine for mine. I have often asked how and why i got it ect but to this day I have still not got an answer. I think allot of other people are in the same boat as us. Next time your husband goes to see the Neurologist go along and ask, hopefully you will get all the accurate info from the specialist.
I have temporal lobe seizures--partial complex on the left temporal lobe due to tuberous sclerosis on that lobe. In essence, I would be aware of the fact that this type of seizure can go into a generalized state if certain elements occur. Most important is to get at least 8 hours of sleep, don't short yourself on this. Take your medicines at the prescribed time by the neurologist, so they can maintain the proper serum level of protection. And stay away from aggravating, depressing, frustrating, fears, bright lights, and loud noises as they can trigger these seizures. Also afterward your likely to be confused.
If I can help you understand any factors of epilepsy, I'd be glad to help, as I've had epilepsy for 69 years.
An epileptic cannot have both a complex partial seizure disorder and a generalized seizure disroder. People with a generalized seizure disorder are usually born with it, while people with partial or complex partial get it sometime during thier life. Generlaized seizures occurr over the entire brain, while complex partial only occurr in a section of the brain.
I have complex partial seizures that occurr in my right temporal lobe. They started from a head injury I got when I was three. They occurr only while I'm sleeping. These nocturnal seizures start off as complex partial but then turn into a genralized seizure later on. This is called a SECONDARY GENERALIZED SEIZURE. Since they start off as complex partial then they are treated as a complex partial seizure disorder. Almost every eplileptic with nocurtnal seizures have 'secondary genralized seizures'.
Keppra well controls most epileptics with complex partial seizures. I transitioned from Tegretol to Keppra this past Spring and have not had a seizure since then.