Take a deep breath and know you are not alone. Sadly it also isn't uncommon for some types of epilepsy to go undiagnosised. The good news is now that you are being treated, you should be on the road to controlling many of the symptoms you discribed.
"Seizure is often associated with a sudden and involuntary contraction of a group of muscles. However, a seizure can also be as subtle as marching numbness of a part of the body, a brief loss of memory, sparkling or flashes, sensing an unpleasant odor, a strange epigastric sensation or a sensation of fear. Therefore seizures are typically classified as motor, sensory, autonomic, emotional or cognitive." (Found this on Wikipedia.) If your doctor can sit down with you and out line the projected time line for your Tegretol to start working it may ease your mind. Epilepsy is different for everyone, but one constant is a need to have
open communication with your loved ones and physican. Most cities have epilepsy support groups and some have out reach programs to assist with transportation issues.
Depression is commonly linked to epilepsy. The first suggestion keep a log of your daily activities and feelings, like a diary. Take it with you to your doctors appointment, to track you progress with your medication.
Many of us been where you are now, and maybe there again. WE all have good days and some not so good. Sometimes you have to change your meds or make other adjustments to be the healthest you can be. This is a great place for support. You may also want to check our Epilepsy.com & my.epilepsy.com for information. Feel free to email me if you need to chat; just know you aren't alone and it will get better.
My seizures were diagnosised about
a year and a half ago. For me it was a relief to know what was going on but I was overwhelmed at the same time. Give yourself a hug and know things will get better.
***You can also go to Web MD then go to Epilepsy Heath Center and finally click on Epilespy guide for seizure information or try the following link.
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