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Can an epidural trigger an epileptic seizure in a person with epilepsy?


A friend of mine who has epilepsy had just had an epidural done, whatever they are, at a hospital and soon after had a seizure. Could the treatment have led to it?
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An epidural is when anesthesia is injected into part of the spine. I don't see how that could trigger a seizure, but it is possible.

For more on epidurals = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidural  (+ info)

I am trying to get an epilepsy chatroom so that I can share my own experinces with others?


with other people that either have epilepsy or need to be informed about it what do Ido please?
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What kind of marijuana is best to smoke if you have epilepsy?


I'm in college, and I've had epilepsy for like 10 yrs. I've been taking Lamictal for a long time, but it doesn't decrease the daily migraines I get. I've been smoking a bit of schwag or kb before work or school in the morning, and it helps a lot more. When I smoke too much hydro through a bong, the physical effects can be ultimately negative. lol...but anyway I would like to get some input.
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I do not believe smoking marijuana will help to relieve the symptoms of epilepsy.  (+ info)

Is epilepsy a disease that can be transmitted?


My grand father had epilepsy and the child of my girlfriend's brother got epilepsy also.
Should i worry that my kids will have epilepsy too?
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depending on the reason. If the person has epilepsy becasue of an brain injury at birth or after no. but there are other reasons for seizures.

you can be genetically tested you and your girlfriend to see if you are carrying some ressesive gene that could cause a problem

Inborn errors of metabolism are rare, genetically transmitted enzyme deficiencies that block or interfere with cellular metabolic pathways. In British Columbia, from 1969 to 1996, the incidence was approximately 40 cases per 100,000 live births, including diseases of amino acids, organic acids, the urea cycle, galactosemia, primary lactic acidoses, glycogen storage, and lysosomal storage and diseases specifically involving peroxisomal and mitochondrial respiratory chain dysfunction.69

Symptoms and signs occur when pathway intermediates proximal to the enzymatic block accumulate to toxic levels, or they result from deficient products of the affected metabolic pathways. Most inborn errors of metabolism present with progressive neurologic and systemic symptoms. Seizures often begin in the neonatal period or during infancy. See Table: Metabolic Disorders of Infantile Seizures for a list of metabolic disorders associated with infantile seizures.  (+ info)

How can I test if I have generalized anxiety disorder?


I feel anxious all of the time and I have read about generalized anxiety disorder. Is there another way, besides therapy, that I can be daignosed?
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Yes, I went to my family doctor, and described how I had been feeling he asked me several questions, checked my vitals and gave me a prescription for anti anxiety meds. Since then just knowing what's causing this has made me feel so much better, before I was always scared there was some horrible physical illness causing me to feel this way, now I know and feel much better. Please see your dr, you will be glad afterwards, good luck, you'll get thru this :-)  (+ info)

Can you have a successful pregnancy and healthy baby if you have epilepsy?


I just found out at age 30 that I have epilepsy, and I am taking meds for it. I am wanting to try to have a baby is that a good idea or not?
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Yes, it's possible to have a healthy baby, but you'll want to talk with your neurologist about whether or not this is a good idea for you. Is your medication keeping your seizures under control? Could it harm an unborn baby? If so, is there a different medication you could try? He might ask you to wait until your condition has stabilized. The Epilepsy Foundation has a good factsheet about pregnancy and epilepsy: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/answerplace/Life/adults/women/Professional/pregnancy.cfm

If your neurologist cautions you against pregnancy, you might look for one who's willing to help you become a mother. The newer medications are much better than the old ones were, but some doctors are behind the times.

I was diagnosed with epilepsy in my 30s, too, so you have my empathy.  (+ info)

Why does the Atkins diet help people with Epilepsy?


I have read that the Atkins diet has decreased the number of seizures in people with Epilepsy since they have been on the diet!
Anyone know why?
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There is some evidence that Ketogenic Diets (high fat, low carbohydrate diets of which Atkins is just one example) may help lessen the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures.

The mechanism behind this is not completely understood, but scientists believe it may have to do with a pH shift toward metabolic acidosis, which alters brain metabolism and lessens the likelihood of seizures.

This treatment was originated at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in the 20s, but was forgotten about when modern anti-epileptic drugs began to proliferate. These days, ketogenic diets are sometimes prescribed in severe cases where drugs have proven ineffective. Some epiletics who would like to find more "natural" alternative treatments have also exprimented with ketogenic diets with success. This should be pursued with doctor supervision, however.  (+ info)

Can you tell me what to expect after epilepsy surgery?


If you have undergone temporal lobe epilepsy surgery (right side) - or know someone who has - please tell me what happens right afterwards. How long is the recovering process and how is it?
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I'm sorry to hear about your problem. I'm presuming it's you having the surgery. Maybe not. I haven't had it but this site might help you. God bless. Hope it helps you.
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/surgery.html  (+ info)

What is the difference between having anxiety, and having generalized anxiety disorder?


What is the difference between having anxiety, and having generalized anxiety disorder?
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Everone has anxiety at on time or another. It crosses over to clinical GAD if you have anxiety for a long time and it inteferes with your daily life.  (+ info)

Organizing a walk to raise awarness and $ for epilepsy- walk across the united states from san fran to dc?


My friend and I want to walk across the US to raise $ and awarness to find a cure for epilepsy.How do I go about organizing and finding sponsers for an event like this? We would also nedd a SAG wagon or a support vehicle- any ideas thoughts or suggestions would help us tremendously!
45 minutes ago - 3 days left to answer.
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Contact your local chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation. They will likely have all kinds of materials available to help you.


Good luck.  (+ info)

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