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You may or maynot have read in some of my previous posts, I have mentioned that my gait and coordination are off.
Well in the last 2 weeks it's been worse than usual. I've been tripping alot and falling and having alot of petit-mal seizures and outer body experiences (de ja vu).
Today I had my semi-annual appt with my neorologist and I mentioned this to him. I found this very interesting.
He said that because of all the very hot weather we've been having recently and all the perspiation, it can have a negative effect on your meds and cause you to act like you're drunk because you lose so much of your medication though your perspiration (I sweat ALOT) bringing your blood syrum level down. I'm also on a mood stabilizer called "Celexa" and that also causes the blood syrum count to be off.
If my medication level were to be increased, the meds could go toxic in my system causing a whole new set of problems. also increased because I also take meds for ulcerative colitis.
Before he changes any of my meds he ordered a special type of blood test that most labs won't do because it's so expensive, "Blood Syrum Unbound Fraction" to see how much of my medication is being lost through perspiration. I'm not totally sure but I think he explained that it shows how much of the medication is actually in the blood and how much is being stored, that's the "unbound fraction".
It's a very rare type of test and the tech. that took my blood has never seen this done before.
In my 26 yrs. with epilepsy, I've never heard of this before and find it quite interesting. I always knew that you lost some of your medication though perspiration, but not that much, (maybe it's because I perspire more than most people).
I'll keep you posted as to the results.
Case in point:
|Police say the heat in the woman's car sparked an epileptic seizure. She lost control of the car, hit the corner of a house, and crashed through the back of a church rectory|
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.
Post Edited (RanMan) : 7/29/2005 11:34:36 PM (GMT-6)