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shauni31ca
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/26/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, how are you? I just joined this site today. The wonders of internet. I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1989 ( I was 14) After years of Tegratol and being free of siezures the doctor took me off of meds so that I wouldn't have a problem with getting a driver's license. Fast forward many many years and three children, my mom's death, a divorse and remarriage to a man with bipolar, I've recently started having frequent partial siezures and a few grand mal sizures. I was put back on Tegratol today. I guess my question is, is there a good chance I could lose my license? It really worries me. Another thing, can stress and age affect ephilepsy (i'm 31). I'm not very educated about this condition, because it never seemed that big of a deal to me growing up, even though a lot of my friends were completely freaked out. I appreciate any responses and can't wait to meet new people. Take care all!!!

Ginny
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   Posted 2/27/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shauni!
 
Welcome!  This is a caring website to be a part of!  I'm normally in the lupus forum, but I have a seizure disorder so I check in here relatively often.
 
You have had a lot to deal with in the last few years haven't you.  I'm sorry to hear about all the ups and downs.  I know how scary it can feel to wonder if you're going to lose your license.  I would let the tegretol do its thing and then your neuro will reasses you and see if you can drive. 
 
I have simple partials that are a result of a stroke that I had in 2002.  I was only 28, but due to my lupus.  I'm 33 now.  I can drive no problem because my simples don't cause any convulsing or loss of conciousness.  I remain 100% aware.  But they are the weirdest things to experience!
 
Stress is a major contributor to seizure activity.  Try to eliminate as much stress out of your life as possible.  Learning good coping skills is important.  I think with everything you have been through and are going through, stress is way up there eh! 
 
Just let the Tegretol kick in and see how you make out.  Your neuro will know if you can continue to drive.  Just be really honest about what the seizures are doing to you.  You don't want to risk yourself, your children, or others on the road!
 
Talk to you soon!
Ginny
"Thank you God for the storms that blow me right into your arms!"

Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder, libman sach's endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, food allergies
Prednisone, Imuran, Coumidin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, micronor, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Acidophilus


shauni31ca
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 2/27/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for responding to me Ginny . You sound like a very kind person. It also sounds like you have a lot of health issues but I love that you seem to have such an upbeat additude. The Tegratol seems to already be doing wonders, I've been on the computer for half an hour now and don't feel the least bit "funny" ( I guess those are considered simple partials and yes it is a wierd feeling isn't it, almost like being in a dream.) Today for the first time in years I didn't walk around in a haze. I guess I needed the meds quite awhile ago if I'm honest, and didn't realize it Or want to admit it....).  I don't know much about lupus, but I think I'll check out the link. Thanks again, and I hope things go well for you.Talk to you soon.  Shauni 
 

Ducky
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   Posted 2/28/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Shauni, welcome to Healing Well! So great to have you here.. Sounds like you have quite a bit on your plate as well.. How are you feeling? Still good?
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shauni31ca
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 3/1/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, yes I'm feeling great thankyou, a bit sleepy but very focused. How about you? It's really great to be meeting people here I appreciate everyone who has answered my post. Take care everyone!!

Ducky
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3199
   Posted 3/1/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am just groovy thank you for asking! Focused is good! Woo-hoo! Here's to great days! :)
Moderator of Arthritis/Epilepsy Forums
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
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
 

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