I was told today that mine are not seizures

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mom46
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   Posted 7/21/2006 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
   My rheumy had a talk with the neuro that I saw that blew me off and she has agreed with him. They are now saying that it could be anxiety/panic attacks...hmmmmm.  I just don't seem to feel this is the problem. I don't get anxious or feel like I have any type of panic attacks. So now I'm being put on plaxil and more klonopin for this. I hope this doesn't turn me into a zombie. I guess I will have to wait and see what happens.
   They are trying to make me feel like it is all in my head and that really irritates me!! I asked the rheumy today if you can have a panic attack in your sleep and she wasn't able to answer that question. I have already been told that you normally don't have these in your sleep.
   I will give the meds a try anyway, just to pacify the docs. Tks for all your help and support. Take care and God Bless You All.
                                               (((hugs)))  Babs
Diagnosis: Lupus and Restless leg syndrome 1990, RA, Asthma and  Fibro 1994, Sjogren's and Raynaud's 1995, Diverticulitis 1998, Minor stroke 2004, Atherosclerosis 2004, Seizures march 2005
 

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mom46
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   Posted 7/22/2006 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Tks Mandi,

    I won't let this go so easily. If things get alot worse I can be very demanding with doctors!!  They work for us and they can be fired!! lol.

    Tks for all your support. You have helped me alot and I do appreciate you very much. Take care and I will keep you updated on this. I hope you are having some better days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

                                                 ((hugs))  Babs


Diagnosis: Lupus and Restless leg syndrome 1990, RA, Asthma and  Fibro 1994, Sjogren's and Raynaud's 1995, Diverticulitis 1998, Minor stroke 2004, Atherosclerosis 2004, Seizures march 2005
 

JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
 
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Rogue
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   Posted 8/3/2006 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Babs,
I've had seizures for the last three years, and it took up until last month for the docs to figure out why. I got hooked up to video monitoring for a week when I first started having them, and when I didn't "shake, rattle, and roll" for them, they told me I was having non-epileptic seizures. Even family kept telling me it was all in my head, but I felt very strongly that it wasn't, so I kept pestering different docs, until they finally re-did the testing. Now I know why, but they can't fix it. I have a birth defect where some of my brain cells didn't develop (go figure that one, since I graduated honors from college) and I have temporal lobe seizures that are triggered by hormonal changes (go figure that, too, since I'm only 24).
It's a rough road, and you may have to see a few docs before you don't get blown off. I had some down-out tell me I wasn't having seizures at all, and I didn't need any medication. I have panic attacks sometimes, too, and Mandi's right, they can feel similar; but you know your own body better than anyone else. Keep speaking up; eventually you'll be heard.

sadfacedb
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   Posted 8/7/2006 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Babs,

I understand what you are going through. I agree with Mandi though, don't let them get away with telling you its all in your head. They do the same thing to me, and I think it is bs that I pay so much for them to tell me something anyone else could. I know that something is causing this to happen to me and that it IS out of my control. I have panic attacks over the smallest things, and I hide them from the world as much as possible, except here on HW. My seizures and panic attacks are somehow related, I am sure of that. I just wish that the doctors could put the two together. I am sorry you are suffering. Good luck with your search for answers.

Britt

mom46
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   Posted 8/7/2006 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Tks Everyone,

   I posted a note about seeing my doc. I had made a list of all my symptoms since the last time I saw her. She sat there and read all the symptoms and said. these are not normal lupus symptoms and not anxiety/panic attacks. I told her I know...lol.....she said you have just described word by word the symptoms of "Dysautonomia". I had never heard of that before. It is when the autonomic nervous system malfunctions.

   She is sending me to another neuro and a clinic that specialies in this disorder. The appts haven't been set up yet, but they are suppose to call me when they are.

   So we will see if this is the cause of the problems I have been having or if I need further testing for other things.

   Thank you so much for all your wonderful support and advice. I will keep you updated on this when I find out more. Take care and God bless you all!!

                                                  Babs


Diagnosis: Lupus and Restless leg syndrome 1990, RA, Asthma and  Fibro 1994, Sjogren's and Raynaud's 1995, Diverticulitis 1998, Minor stroke 2004, Atherosclerosis 2004, Seizures march 2005
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
 
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Rogue
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   Posted 8/9/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Babs
Did you know that in one particular form of dysautonomia, symptoms can include seizures? Also included in both forms are panic attacks, anxiety, chronic pain/fibromyalgia, heart and lung complications (such as asthma, and the poor circulation which causes Raynaud's phenomenon), and digestive problems. It's a disorder that's most prone among Jews, which is how I know about it (go chosen ones, she thinks, sarcastically), but it can happen to anyone. You can have all the symptoms at once, or have them in clusters, and you just kind of deal with each problem as it comes. The hardest part is finding a doc who supports it as a legitimate physiological disorder, as opposed to a psychological one. Since it sounds like you already have that, you're well on your way to being the next one of us who gets the puzzle solved. ;)
The best news is, if this is what's going on, you ain't crazy, which of course you knew all along. But it's really good to hear the docs say it to your face. Anyway, I didn't mean to sound like an encyclopedia, I just saw that word, and it piqued my interest. My mom's a carrier, and I've brought it up with a few docs, but finding one who doesn't write it off has been a challenge. I've only found one, and unfortunately, he's several states away. I've been diagnosed with Costochondritis, fibromyalgia, Raynaud's phenomenon, GERD with ulcers, scoliosis, heart murmer caused by a thickened mitral leaflet following a mitral valve prolapse, asthma, and labile blood pressure (fluctuating BP). Oh yeah - I almost fogot in all that; seizures, and an area in my brain where the cells never developed. If it makes you feel better, mines genetic (familial dysautonomia), and yours, with the assumtion you're over thirty, would be general dysautonomia. Which simply means your lifespan is normal, you have a name for all the problems together, and you simply treat each problem as it comes. Mine, since I have FD( which you have from birth), means I'll probably croak sometime in the next six years, since only 50% make it to thirty, and no one is ever willing to say what happens if you by some miracle get that far.
I'm sorry, this just got really depressing. It's just, my 25th birthday is just around the corner, and with the escalation of problems this last year, I'm wondering if it will be my last birthday. I've never thought I'd make it past sixteen, so the last eight years seem like a miracle, I'd just like an extension. Sorry for the frowns - I started out wanting to be helpful.
Good luck with the neuro, and with the clinic. Let me know (or you know, post it on the forum) how it all goes. Best wishes.
~Heidi Hope~
 
 
"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord.  "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you Hope & a Future."
Jeremiah 29:11


mom46
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   Posted 8/9/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Heidi,

   Thank you so much for all the info on this. I guess I missed somewhere in my research where this can cause seizures. I'm sure you read my signature with all my diseases and that alot of them relate to what you said. I was also dx'd with MVP many years ago as well. I forgot to put that in my list.

   I'm sorry to hear that you have FD. I'm sure this is hard for you to cope with. I hope you have many, many years left and they are wrong about the lifespan of FD. You sound like you are a fighter. Just keep on fighting and hang in there!!

  Thank you again for all your help. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will keep track of your health and I will let you know what I find out.

                                        Take care,  Babs


Diagnosis: Lupus and Restless leg syndrome 1990, RA, Asthma and  Fibro 1994, Sjogren's and Raynaud's 1995, Diverticulitis 1998, Minor stroke 2004, Atherosclerosis 2004, Seizures march 2005
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
 
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Rogue
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   Posted 8/10/2006 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Babs,

Finding out I have FD felt kind of the same way for me as finding out I was having seizures; it felt really good to have someone tell me what was wrong, at the same time it felt horrible to know I have something for which there is no cure. I've always told people that you can't put me in a box; I don't fit any stereotype, and I like to stand apart. I'm a fighter.
My parents knew there was something wrong two months after I was born. My mom couldn't breast feed because I couldn't suck to get the milk out. She thought I was getting enough to eat, but I wasn't, and was diagnosed with severe anemia as a result of not getting the nutrition. My body was allergic to everything, including the material used to make diapers, and would break out in hives everywhere. At six months I stopped growing, remaining the same size and weight until I was one. It didn't matter what my parents did, I wouldn't grow. Even though my intellectual growth was higher than most, my body was always behind. In third grade, I stopped growing again. At the end of fifth grade I still weighed the fifty pounds I weighed at the beginning of third grade. My parents were always poor, and never had insurance, so they didn't take me to the doctor. This was also b/c every time they would take me, child protective services would get involved b/c they felt my parents must be abusing or neglecting me for me to always be sick, underweight, with rashes and bruises everywhere. I never thought much about it, b/c my family's faith was very strong, and we would pray together about everything, and no particular affliction would last very long. It wasn't until college that I realized that I wasn't like the other students. They would go out at night, hanging out and having fun, and I would be exhausted after my classes, barely able to walk back to my dorm. When I started going to the docs on my own, and getting lists of things wrong with me, I started rebelling against everything. They would tell me things I shouldn't do, and I would go out and do them, just to prove I could. I got angry at God - really angry - and kept telling him that I wasn't Job; I couldn't handle all the trials He kept allowing in my life. At one point, I decided to live my life as though I were dying, like the Tim McGraw song. I didn't go sky diving, but I went mountain biking and rock climbing, I got out of my shyness, and started speaking in churches and singing the lyrics I wrote for anyone who was willing to listen. I even went to Russia to work with the street kids and orphans.
Now, I've finally come to terms with it. At least as best as anyone can. I don't regret anything, and I cherish each day. If today is the last day I have, I want to look back on it and know I lived it in the best possible way. I still ask people, "If you and I get really close, and five years from now I die, will you regret having known me?" And that's how I choose to live, so there are no regrets.
It still hurts when I see an older couple walking down the street, holding hands and obviously very much in love, b/c I think, 'I will never have that'. But who knows, a miracle could happen and I just might experience that after all. I'm not afraid to fall in love, I'm not afraid to speak my mind or get close to people. I choose not to share about FD with people, b/c I don't want them to feel sorry for me. Some still feel sorry for me when they find out I have seizures, b/c that's the one thing I can't hide. I don't want to live my life as 'that girl who has seizures', or 'that poor girl who has FD'. Like Mandi wrote, "I am not Epilepsy". And I'm not. I don't fit in that box. I am strong, confident, intelligent, kind, compassionate, blunt and stubborn. But I am not a disease; I am a blessing.
Whatever the docs tell us, it helps to explain certain things, but it's not a fortune cookie; it can't predict the future. My mom's had cancer three times, and each time the doctors predict how many months she has, and each time she comes through much stronger than she was before. She's my role model, b/c she too, lives her life with a smile on her face and joy in her heart. There are many things she and I still want to experience together, and right now God's giving us the time to do those things.
I know this is incredibly long, but this is the first time I've written or spoken about how FD affects my life. Sometimes I'll get melancholy and talk with my friends about dying young, but I never explain why I think about it so much. Maybe I should, but right now I'm not ready. I want to have a job, and fall in love, and have my mom fix my hair on my wedding day, and my dad walk me down the aisle. I want to experience the joy of being a mother and watch my child take their first step. I still want to climb Mt. Rainier, and experience the wind rush through my hair on the back of a horse. I want to go back to school, and work with terminally ill kids, and make them smile and laugh, and leave this world with peace and joy, knowing that they have never been alone. God's promised me a hope and a future, and even if that future is just today, then I'll rejoice and be glad in it.
I think, in a way, I'm one of the lucky ones, b/c I've dealt with my own mortality young. Instead of wasting years doing stupid things, I've spent those years holding nothing back, giving everything I can. Death can't catch me by surprise, and not being afraid of it simply means I can live my life to the fullest. And I count it all joy.
~Heidi Hope~
 
 
"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord.  "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you Hope & a Future."
Jeremiah 29:11

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