My seizures are specifically catamenial, before my period and 1 day after. I have also had migraines around this time since I was in my 20's. The migraines were very predictable (several the 2 weeks before my period) and then the seizures began about 4 yrs ago. I'm thankful I have an aura so I can prepare myself for what's going to happen next. Sometimes it can be somewhat confusing...I'm not always sure if it's the migraine that triggers the seizure or the seizure that triggers the migraine. I don't know about the rest of you but I have a whopping migraine after every seizure.
From everything I've read there is a strong connection between hormones and seizures (women and their cycles and kids going thru puberty). I don't know exactly how that's going to help all of us...I think we can all agree we know there's a connection....Now what?
I couldn't help but notice a post that mentioned using Ativan along with their anticonvulsant. My husband has mentioned this to me, wondering if it might help to use something like that right before my cycle. It wasn't a problem until last month when everything went out of control, seizures almost every other day, my Lamictal level dropped and I was totally uncontrolled. I've been hesitant to introduce anything new into the mix, since I'm already taking Lamictal 750mg and Fiorcet for the migraines which have been more frequent than not. Has anyone else used Ativan in this way? If so, I'd like to hear more.
To answer the question of un-tieing tubes, YES it can be done. My friend had her's untied after 14 yrs to have another child. I'm sure if you discussed your concern with your OB-GYN he would consider it to be more than just elective surgery.
I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder when i was 18.,... i am now almost 27,, have 2 kids (6 and 4) and am 6 and a half moths pregnant now. I am on Tegretol 400mg twice daily. My babies were born healthy and happy. I have GERED, Mitral Valve prolapse and undiagnosed Anxiety/panic. And believe it or not.. birth defects are the one of the things i am not worried about. I know that i am not on the same meds as you but it helps to hear others stories and i am sure there will be more ppl to respond about it. The best thing you can do is think positively about your new baby and do all the research you can.. Look at it this way,,, sometimes the meds outweigh the risks way more. I have been seizure free since i was 2 months pregnant with my 4 yr old (knock on wood). Anyways just thought that i would share my story.. hope it helps.