Hello everyone ...i am new here, and i have been trying to search the web about my questions...but to no avail.
Thats how i found this forum. :)
I was hoping someone here could tell me if they have experienced any of this: (or maybe i am just nuts...lol.)
I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and then temporal lobe epilepsy. I take no meds for either. I was told the conditions are mild.
(I also have experiences at night where i am awaken with a LOUD bang...like a gunshot...scared me to death the first time it happened.. i thought someone was shooting in my bedroom window..lol), but anyways..sometimes that happened frequently...i dont know if thats related to my temporal lobe epilepsy or not? And cuz of that i have to sleep on only one pillow with my neck tilted down towards my chest so those gunshot and whooshing sounds dont happen as much. Odd...i know.)
about my temporal lobe epilepsy...i dont have the typical passing out seizures, or the kind where you lose your functions, or the staring off into space seizure or grand mal either....what i experience is like my mind is checking out for a few seconds. (I am still there....but not there....feels like i am a million miles away..hard to explain...its like everything is so surreal, like im in a dream, but i can function and think and talk. and i have memory of everything thats going on at the time,) Like i said..i can still function when that happens, and i dont ever pass out. Its just a very strange feeling.
But when the "spell" happens and i come back, so to speak.. it startles me for a second, cuz its like a major reality jolt.
I have those experiences quite often, and can still function, and people around me dont seem to notice anything...i have carried on conversations, and even DROVE while this happened...(it comes on sudden and without warning).. but i have learned to adjust and the "spell" lasts for maybe 2 minutes or so. But the whole time its going on im fully functional....but like in a dream. Make sense?
Any ideas on what of type seizure this is?
And also is the loud gunshot sound i hear in my head when im sleeping all part of having temporal lobe epilepsy?
Sorry...im new to all this and my Dr isnt much help..when i explained it all to him, he looked at me like i was nuts. (which is the reason i am getting a new Dr in August when my insurance allows it.)
Any help with my questions would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you. :)
(Sorry this post is so long.)