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Is it epilepsy?

  : : Are there any type of epileptic seizures in which you are able to partially recall voices around you during the seizures? My neurologist thinks I have complex seizures even though the EEG is negative but he says there is usually no memory during a seizure. He also mentioned pychogenic seizures but after talking about it he says I have none of typical characteristics. I would apreciate your opinion on this matter.  
  : Dear Elizabeth:
  : Sorry to hear about your problems.  Yes, there are a group of epilepsies that one can remain conscious and recall voices, questions, and even answer questions that are asked.  The person is completely responsive during the seizure.  There are other types of epilepsy that a person will have no recall of what happened.  There are some epilepsies that one forgets recent events.  So, you can have seizures and still retain recall of voices.  The EEG will not always define epilepsy or seizure activity when a person is in their normal state.  So, you can have a normal EEG and still have seizures.  Sometimes it takes up to 3 or 4 EEGs before seizure activity is seen on the EEG.  I hope that this answers your question.  If you any further questions, do not hesitate to write back.
  : Sincerely,
  : CCF Neuro[P] MD, RPS
  Thank-you for your help! Aparently I'm not responsive during my seizures but I was thinking it was more of a pychriatric problem then a physical because I didn't ahve complete amneisa of the event. Would this seem to still be classified under complex partial seizures? During the seuzures I always seem to be sitting down and my eyes roll back and my eyelids start to flutter, most of the time it's not even taht noticable. Thank-you again for your time.  Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth:
The definition of complex partial seizures, there is loss of consciousness with seizure activity that is focal in nature.  Why do you think it is a psychiatric problem?  How do you know that your eyes roll back and your eyelids flutter-have you been told this?  Anyway, if you feel that these may be psychiatric in origin I would suggest that you see a psychiatrist and start to sort out the possible issues that are behind these events.
CCF Neuro[P] MD, RPS

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