Do you think Epilepsy is hereditary
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Yes, I think it is - 20.0%
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Not at all - 40.0%
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Maybe.. - 40.0%

 
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Sunnee
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   Posted 9/18/2006 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
New to the epilepsy forum (I come from the Depression forum).. I was just wondering everyone's opinion.. if you think it's hereditary or not? They say it is not.. however.. My Father and my Brother both had Epilepsy.. I just think that's a pretty big coincidence. I personally believe that it is.
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Ducky
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   Posted 9/20/2006 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Sunnee, welcome to the Epilepsy side of the forum!  I too have had lots of doctors tell me that Epilepsy is not hereditary, however, I have a few family members who have it, coincidence?  I don't think so... I have found very little information other than saying it is not hereditary, although I did find this little snipit.. "...Epilepsy that runs in families suggests an underlying metabolic or genetic etiology, and this is the least common of epilepsy causes..."  Definitely something to think about...

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Sunnee
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   Posted 9/20/2006 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the warm welcome and the info you found... it makes me want to research it further.
Much appreciated :-)
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Ducky
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   Posted 9/20/2006 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Any time! I am still researching it also, if I find anymore, I will definitely let you know! :)
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luv4Gabby
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   Posted 9/21/2006 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, just wanted to say, I would have disagreed with the hereditary but my Daughters doctor says it IS hereditary! the ironic thing is we dont have any one in our family (that we know of) with epilepsy! sometimes I think the right hand don't know what the left hand is doing!
God Bless, Jolene

Sunnee
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   Posted 9/22/2006 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow... that's the first I've actually heard that .. thank you. You know.. I've never actually asked my own Dr what he believes however it was my Dad's Dr that said it wasn't.. which we all thought was kind of odd seen as my Brother had it too. Things that make ya go hmmmm.
Thanks again for the info
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dinger57
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   Posted 9/29/2006 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am the only one in my family that has Epilepsy. Mind was caused my a high fever when I was very young.

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Ken
Had My Brain surgery, and I was so scared, but the doctors made me feel good and and I did. They kidded with me before the surgery and before I knew it I was in recovery Thanks for helping me. Mine is on the  left temporal lobe. They say it is deep it my brain.


Ducky
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   Posted 9/29/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ken.. how are you? What was the high fever that you had?
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Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
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Ducky
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   Posted 9/29/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
As quoted from Dr.  Dean K. Naritoku of the Epilepsy Center at SIU (Southern Illinois University)
 
"There is no doubt that at least some of the epilepsies are genetically related, i.e., related to heredity. Most of the generalized epilepsy syndromes such as childhood absence, Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy and tonic-clonic seizures on awakening) as well as some partial epilepsy syndromes (such as Benign Rolandic Epilepsy) are felt to be genetic in cause, Some genetic markers (gene locations) have even been discovered over the last few years. Some examples include gene markers for Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, Benign Neonatal Convulsions, and Seizures with Auditory components. However, just because someone has the gene does not automatically mean they will develop epilepsy. Even identical twins, who have the same genetic material, do not always have epilepsy in both sibling despite the fact that one has a "genetic" epilepsy. Thus, genetic makeup strongly predisposes persons to epilepsy, but is not the only factor that causes it."
 
Interesting stuff.. great topic! 
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Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

AnonymousMe
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   Posted 10/7/2006 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
i say that it is hereditary. i remember back in bio class last year (im 15 y.o. but im not stupid) i had to do a report on hereditary diseases. i of course picked epilepsy. i found out that about half of the people that have epilepsy get it from someone in their family and the other half get it from some type of brain injury. i believe that even though some doctors say it isn't hereditary. by the way, you could have gotten it from an older ancestor, like a great great grandmother or grandfather. i found out not too long ago that my great grandmother had epilepsy, so i guess i must have gotten it from her.

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 10/8/2006 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I can't believe that epilepsy is not hereditory in its entirety. I believe that at least some kinds of epilepsy are genetically related and that some of this is what determines the triggers for the epileptic. Both me and my mum both have epilepsy and have the same triggers. There is little concrete research and I think there should be more. What does everyone else think?
 
Darren
 


Sunnee
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   Posted 10/9/2006 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for all the interesting facts etc.. I'm really glad that I've posted this question now.. I've learned quite a bit actually and am enjoying everyones thoughts and information you all have.. Thank you all soo much
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