Hi Uhura- My complex partials have always had a component of losing my train of thought.
Before I had my video EEG, I was sure that all my seizures were epileptic. During my 4 day test, I had an episode that I thought was typical for a seizure for me. The technician in the monitoring room next to me saw me the whole time and when it was over I asked her if she saw me have a seizure. She said it didn't register as any seizure activity on the EEG.
I was shocked! Later, when the doctor came into my room to see me, he tried to reassure me. He said it was either a nonepileptic seizure or perhaps a seizure deep in the temporal lobe that wasn't registering on the EEG.
So, it isn't so cut and dry. My doctor was great and didn't make me feel like there was something wrong with me when it didn't show up on the EEG. Even the tech told me just to tell her (there was a panic button to push) if I had any episodes so that she could keep a close eye on the EEG. She was reassuring and made me feel like I was being monitored carefully.
If your doctor is honest with you, then you hopefully will know what he really thinks of your seizure episodes.
complex partial seizures since 22
epilepsy surgery, June 2005