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   Posted 12/11/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone ever hear of these? rolleyes "Psychogenic seizures"
When I read this article over--I thought of my own,,....sometimes -pre-sleep mucsle & limb jerks, jaw snapping open, etc--!      I do know that taking a bit more Valium helps!--Read it over & let me know--IF anyone has ever heard of this!    Again--the article states the 'seizures'...are real!   Just that are NOT .."epileptic" in nature-!  Due to strss, anxierty , emotions--etc--Thanks--Robert-

Psychogenic , also called pseudoseizures, are not thought to be epileptic in nature. Rather, they are believed by many professionals to be caused by mental and psychological stress. Those who suffer from such seizures often resent the term "pseudoseizures," as it implies the seizures are "all in the head." However, this is not true. The real physical symptoms sufferers of pseudoseizures experience are caused by underlying psychological problems.

  • triggers for Pseudoseizures
  1. Pseudoseizures can be brought on by many and various triggers, depending upon the patient. These can include academic stress, stress at work, family or relationship stress, fear of being alone, feeling rejected socially by others, and many more. Emotions can also be triggers. Once triggers of pseudoseizures are properly identified in a patient, treatment becomes a bit clearer. Most professionals treat pseudoseizures through a combination of psychotherapy and anti-convulsant drugs.


Stella Marie
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   Posted 12/11/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, they are more common then you would think. The best person to determine the nature of your seizures is your epileptologist or neurologist. Since we rarely capture a "seizure" on an EEG, doctors sepend heavily on your description and the description of ours that have witnessed your events.

Good luck.

Stella Marie

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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, joint and body pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump  & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair


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