seizure disorder is essentially the same as epilepsy. once you have two or more seizures, you are diagnosed with epilepsy. the term seizure disorder is just a nicer term for epilepsy.
stress can exacerbate seizures - that is correct.
the cysts in your temporal lobe are probably nothing, but if there are multiple cysts, maybe you should ask your doctor if they are related to the epilepsy.
i am not a pro with reading EEGs, so I won't comment on the last part. although it's interesting that the greatest involvement is in the posterior regions on the left - maybe it has something to do with the cysts - but this is just a guess.
Thanks for your comments. I did see a neurosurgeon who said I was probably born with the cysts and didn't think they had anything to do with the neurological symptoms I was having, of course, he also thought they were migrainous events, so go figure. For something to show up on the EEG while I was on 100 mg of Topamax a day I guess means I'm having pretty much daily seizures, right? I had 2 incidences of smelling oatmeal while hooked up and I have daily incidences of numbness across my temples and cheek bones, sometimes tingling across the tops of my cheeks, depending on how much stress I've been under, and how icy MIL has been that day, usually right before it's time for my dose of topamax.
Can anyone explain the neurological symptoms? Originally what sent me to the neurologist in the first place was they were different than any migraine I've ever had and I thought I was having a stroke. My face would go numb across my cheekbones and temples and I would get confusion and would lose words. If I was driving, I wouldn't know where I was until I saw a road sign, but nothing would look familiar, I would just know if I took this road it would lead to that road and take me home. Sometimes the numbness would go down the right arm. It always started on the left side of my face, but sometimes traveled to the right side of the face. I also got really disoriented and dizzy and sometimes had an upset stomach, but never really had a headache. Sometimes I'd get what I always called pings of lights every where. Are these part of the simple partial seizures? Sometimes I smell oatmeal before my face goes numb/tingly. But a couple times I ate cheese before setting off a migraine and had the same smelling weird things, then getting diahrea, then waking up with a migraine. I'm just so confused and under so much stress. I don't know whether it's stress, post traumatic stress disorder, seizures or migraines and the doctors aren't really much help. All I know is stress makes it worse, and there's not much stress relief when you don't know what's going on.
Those all sound exactly like simple partial seizures.
Auras are also associated with migraines, so they may produce the same symptoms.
Stress triggers both migraines and seizures. Incidentally, eating certain foods can sometimes trigger migraines, but not seizures.
Maybe your having a mix of migraines and simple partial seizures.
Thanks. Is there anything besides meds that helps with simple partial seizures? And besides watching your stress levels? I would think if I'm having simple partial seizures every other day to 3 a week they would be more concerned than they are. They don't want to see me for 3 months? Isn't this doing damage? Am I just waiting for these to become complex, involving more areas of the brain, or to become tonic-clonic?
Those kinds of seizures don't really do much damage. It's a controversial topic though, but repeated grand-mal seizures or cases of status epilepticus are generally the types of seizures that cause damage in the long run. simple partial seizures will no necessarily morph into complex or tonic-clonic seizures. Many people simply have simple partial seizures restricted to a certain part of the brain.
Thanks, that in itself relieves a bit of stress. I worry that a bunch of simple partial seizures is doing slow brain damage. So, when my stress level goes down, generally speaking, and the med does gets right, they should go away? That's good to know. My stress level will go down dramatically as soon as I get we sell this house and the in-laws get their own house!
hi, stress exacerbates seizures, but lowering your stress levels may not necessarily stop your seizures - it may lower the frequency of your seizures, though.
lamictal, neurontin, and vegabitrin and tegretol (in particular) are good to control simple partial seizures.
topamax is generally use as adjunctive therarpy. maybe you should switch anti-convulsant drugs.
I'm sure he just started with Topamax because he wasn't sure if it was migraines or seizures and Topamax treated both, right? And since I have both, and it treats both, better one than 2. The migraines have stopped if I stay away from cheese. Does over-working exacerbate seizures? I helped my brother-in-law move Monday, was a bit late getting my meds Monday night and generally felt like **** all day yesterday (Tuesday) and even though I was on schedule with my meds I went to bed with the trailing lights (meaning when I move my eyes really fast I get lights briefly that go away on the edge of my perception - hard to explain, but not like migraine lights). I had them this morning, too, until I took my meds, now their gone.