Bi Polar and Epilespy

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HALO
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,I wanted to stop in and find out if anyone knows if there is a connection of if there is a common thread between bipolar and Epilepsy?  Any comments, advise would be appreciated. 
 
Thank you


Shaun
Intractible Epilepsy, 7 knee surgeries, 1 shoulder surgery, Compressed discs in spine, Sacroiliac Joint Disfunction, Leg Length Deficency
Topamax 300mg's
Klonopin 1mg
Lamictal 200mg's
 
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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/28/2006 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Halo,

I know of no link between these two apart from the fact that seizure meds for epilepsy were found to have a positive effect on bipolar -- what we call the anti-psychotics. I think that's more a coincidence than anything inherently related in terms of the conditions though. Certainly one does not lead to the other (in either direction). Others I'm sure will be able to reassure you more on this -- unless I've gone bananas and got it all wrong -- but I don't *think* so! :)

Rosie x
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wmnak
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   Posted 9/29/2006 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
halo,
 
thanks for stopping by.  i hope you will return often.
 
my niece's husband has epilepcy and my heart and good thoughts go out to anyone who has this affliction. 
 
as far as i know rosie is, again, not bananas.  there is no causal link between bp and epilepsy.  if you have one you are just as likely to get the other as someone not afflicted. 
 
rosie is also correct about meds.  through coincidence (or divine intervention) they have found that some antisiesure meds used for epilepsy have a positive effect on people with bp.  the latest theory that i heard is that the drugs effecct that part of the nervous system which triggers both manic episodes and epileptic siesurs.  you can research this on line through webmd or by entering the name of a specific drug.  (i'm hoping that i'm not teaching my mother how to suck eggs  :-)
 
(sorry about the wording and spelling but it's 4:50 am, i woke up at 4:00 am, i can't get back to speel, and i'm TIRED!)
 
hope this helps.  stay in touch.
 
warren

HALO
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   Posted 9/29/2006 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Warren and Rosie.  I had seen posts in the past on our forum regarding a possible link between the two or that people with Ep *may* have more of a tendency to develope BP.  But, from what you're telling me.  I'm wondering if it's not severe depression, side effects from meds, and what most people don't know is that mood swings (in some cases severe) are a side effect of Ep all by themselves.  They my be confusing this for Bi-polar.
 
Thanks for the clarification.
 
 
Shaun
 
Intractible Epilepsy, 7 knee surgeries, 1 shoulder surgery, Compressed discs in spine, Sacroiliac Joint Disfunction, Leg Length Deficency
Topamax 300mg's
Klonopin 1.5mg
Lamictal 200mg's
 
No one left behind!
RLTW
Educate, Enlighten, and Empower!
Epilepsy Forum Co-Moderator


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/29/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
No problemo Halo -- and more congrats on your new Epilepsy Mod-dom! (I only just put 2 and 2 together -- bit of a "slow" day" lol)

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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