Hi all - thanks in advance for any input.
I am actually on the Lyme Disease Forum, since I had suffered from lyme. But I am coming on here because I really am unfamiliar with Epilepsy, and a very good friend of mine's daughter just had a seizure a few days ago. They are going nuts - and are scared to death.......at first I thought it was out of nowhere, but then I found out more. She was diagnosed with severe autism as a child (I did not know this) and the reason I did not know this is because you really couldn't tell, I met her when she was 6 years old. Her mom put her on a very strict diet and it seemed to do wonders. However, I also found out that as a toddler, she used to roll her eyes back and shake her hands (intentionally). Then over the past 2 yrs she has had several episodes of awakening during a tremor which would occur on her face for about five to ten seconds or so and couldn't speak during it.
This seizure occurred as a result of not sleeping. She was up all day, went to a friend's house for a sleepover, never slept, went home and didn't fall asleep until the afternoon. While she was sleeping on the hammock, she went into a full seizure and fell off. She is 12.
They did an EEG and found spikes on the right side of her brain. They did a MRI - came out clear. But there is no plan for a CT scan. Isn't a CT scan important for diagnosis? Or is an MRI enough?
The neuro wants to put her on Trileptal - but they don't even know the cause yet! This is bugging me. My friend is afraid of these drugs because of their suicidal side effects.
I don't know if this is epilepsy or not, but I am just asking if anyone can answer the above questions for now. Thanks!!!!