Seven year old with two seizure episodes

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TexasCalifornia
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   Posted 7/5/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Seven year old has had two grand mal seizures in the early morning.  The first about one year ago after a fall.  The second recently with no unusual occurence.  CAT scan normal, blood normal.  Any insight welcomed.

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   Posted 7/6/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
 
My husbands first grand mal came after a fall and being exposed to a toxic paint primer in the military (same incident)
 
After I witnessed the first one I began to keep a journal...Each one has come after one or more of the following occur the day prior and they ALL occur in the early morning, minutes after awakening...
 
Alcohol consumption (does not always happen after drinking tho)
MSG consumption (tends to be common in almost all of them)
Salt and preservatives (tends to be common also)
Stressful event (does not always occur after a major stressor)
 
We have yet to find the exact cause but being we have a guideline to follow it has helped him tremendously...He does not and will not entertain the use of drugs again due to his prior experience so we use diet and some relaxation techniques and he has gone as long as 7 years (while on the ketogenic diet) without them...
 
He also has prefrontal lobe syndrome and a serious seizure in 2000 changed his personality...He was diagnosed with a mood disorder as well and I am trying to get him help with a serious PTSD issue which the V.A. will not admit...His last two seziures he came out of trying to save his shipmates from a fire, there is clearly a connection...
 
Sounds like this is the beginning of a journey for you and epilepsy...You may wish to see a naturopath...Recently did wonders for my husband...It took us 22 years to go down this path but we were finally ready to trust again...He saw her for one visit and we feel a major 'healing' occurred...
 
Peace~MamaDove

TexasCalifornia
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   Posted 7/6/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your response. The journal is an awesome idea. I wish you and your husband well.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
The journal idea is a great one. By keeping a journal it means that when you see your neurologist, you have all the information written down (Including the number of sz, severity, length etc...) Has he had an EEG done? I know you said he has had a CAT scan but normally in the UK we do EEG's first (Probably because they are cheaper! lol)

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TexasCalifornia
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   Posted 7/7/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
The CAT scan was given at the hospital. The EEG will be done by the nuerologist (waiting for a referral). She also had a sz at 6 months. She had an infection at the time of the last sz, slightly moody and was given a dose of an allergy med earlier in the day. It is uncommon for a childhood sz under these conditions?

Thanks.

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   Posted 7/11/2008 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Epilepsy can be made worse by viral/bacterial infrections (As well as being independent causes of seizures) so I dont think its that uncommon. Are all of her seizures at the same time as infections?

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TexasCalifornia
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   Posted 7/11/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The first seizure - at six months of age was thought to be a febrile sz. The second sz - at five years old happened after a fall and head injury. Now two years later a third sz. She had an infection, allergies, and was moody that day. I don't see a connection between the three. Any ideas?

Thank you-

TexasCalifornia
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   Posted 7/11/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Can a person have seizures and not have epilepsy?

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   Posted 7/14/2008 2:55 AM (GMT -7)   

You can have seizures without epilepsy but it is uncommon for someone to have re-occuring seizures without epilepsy since there has to be another cause.

I dont see a link between the 3 myself and my unprofessional opinion is that is sounds more likely to be epilepsy. Juvenile seizures are fairly common with infection/fever and I would say around 50-60% of children in the UK have a single juvenile seizure like this. The bang on the head can be a cause for epilepsy... did she have any CAT scans or MRI scans after the fall?

If I remember correctly, your in the US right? If so, you can see an epileptologist (Some of our US members may be able to tell you where to look to find one) which is a neurologist who specialises in Epilepsy. I know very little aobout them as I am from the UK and we dont have them but from what I have heard on here, they are very good.

Darren


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