First off I wanted to say I am also a Ulcerative Colitis dieaser' and enjoy this forum/board. I have had a down or depressed feeling to me haning over my head since my parent's divorce in 2005, and after dealing with the death of my young nephew last year I finally went in to my primary care doctor for feeling down or like a cloud was over my head. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and began taking Lexpapro, 4 weeks after I have 2 tonic clonic seizures, after that I had medications changed to Effexor XR, and about 4 weeks after that I had 2 more T.C. seizures. All my test results have came back normal, C.T. scan, MRI, EEG, although my sleep deprived EEG was a little fuzzy:
"This is a 20 channel digital EEG, with FT9, FT10, and 1 channel for EKG obtained according to the International 10-20 system.
ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM FINDINGS: Drowsiness and wakefulness were obtained during this recording. During maxamil wakefulness the posterior background consisted of symmetrical, regular, reactive 10HZ alpa rhythm. No frank epileptiform discharges were note, however, intermittent, infrequent delt range slowing was noted in the left frontotemporal region. There was no evidence of seizure activity. Drowsiness was characterized bt mild background attenuation, with symmetric vertex waves.
CLINICAL INTEROERRETATION: This is an abnormal EEG due to the presence of functional versus structural abnormality in the left hemisphere, mainly the frontotemporal region. Absence of epileptiform discharges does not rule-out a seizure disorder. Clinical correlation is advised."
I made the mistake of not slowly starting my Lexapro at first and began taking full tablets rather then the 1/2 tablet I was supposed to take for the first two weeks, and so my 4 weeks on Lexapro were at 1 tablet each day. Also, was supposed to start the Keppra XR at 75mg, I did for a week then only had 150mg 's available to me, so the remaining time was on 150mg of Keppra XR. Just feeling like I may have caused the seizures on my own. :/
My neurologist said that I do not have epilepsy, or a seizure disease. I am currently on Keppra @ 500mg/twice daily, seems to keep myself seizure free. I am however not on any meds for my enxiety short of Klonopin for now. I would like to know if there are anyone else out there like this, as I am hoping this goes away in the future and am not battling this for life. Thanks for reading, comments and help greatly apprecaited!
-Tyler(22y.o. male w/ U.Colitis and recent seizures)