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turtlegirl
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   Posted 12/18/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Does anyone know if seizures can cause long term memory problems? I know that I do not remember things that happen right before or right after my seizure. Also Sometimes I do not remember things a few hours after I have a seizure. My recovery time just depends on what kind of seizure I had and how long it lasted. But anyways my main question is can having epilepsy cause memory problems not relating to having a seizure?

 

 

 


wordwizard
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   Posted 12/18/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
     Hi, i'm 63 years young and have had epilepsy all my life.  I have not had any memory loss that I know of.  I suppose it would depend on the type of epilepsy that you have.  I would also ask my doctor.  Fortunately, I stopped having grand mal siezures about twenty years ago,although I had alot of them before that.  It seemed , back then, everytime I turned around I was waking up in the back end of and ambulance and I didn't know who I was or what happened and scarred as hell.  I have starred right into my familys eyes and did not know them from Mohammad Ali.  I stopped when I finally accepted my disorder and stopped doing all the things the doctors say you can't do.  Suc as drinking, doping, getting plenty of sleep, taking care of my self, etc.    By the way I got a A.A and a B.A.  So the old idea that prople with epelepsy can't think is B.S.  Good Luck Wordwizard.  

kota
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   Posted 12/18/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Just posting what I know...I was diagnosed when I was about 9ish. I had some severe to moderate seizures then...was fine til my hormones kicked in..yeahaw. about a year ago I was having quite a few seizures but mine are short(absent seizures). I believe that seizures can cause memory loss but maybe more short term. I also am clinically depressed so when u put the two together, I think it doesn't help...uff'da. Just my opinion I guess. Take care and be well. Peace. Kota

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   Posted 12/19/2007 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as I know there are few long term effects of memorty with epilepsy. It would depend on the type of epilepsy you suffer from and how bad it is. It can affect your memory long term but its not very common, however not remembering hours after the seizure is quite common.
 
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RanMan
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   Posted 12/19/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Turtlegirl

Re: short term memory ~ do you think it's the meds. or the actual  epilepsy?

I've had it for 28 years and here's my experience:

VIEW IMAGEVIEW IMAGEMy short term memory is almost totally gone and my recall isn't much better. It's caused problems with my job too but that's a whole other story. Besides this I have slurred speech and very poor gait and coordination(as well as several other side effects from the meds), people think I'm drunk. I've even been pulled over by the police as DUI until they saw my medic alert bracelet. Lots more to say but I don't want to bore you all. Randy


Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.


turtlegirl
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   Posted 12/19/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a absence, myoclonic and I have had Grand mal seizures in the Past. I have not had a Grand mal in a year which is really good. I have had epilepsy almost 2 years. On Christmas day I will have had epilepsy for 2 years. I am currently in currently in college pursuing my bachelors degree. I started college being diagonsed with epilepsy afterall.This last semester was a tough one. I had some problems with a medication I was on which effected my grades. My doctor took me off that medication once he realized how it was affecting me. But from the point that my grades were at mid-terms I managed to pull up most of grades a full letter grade by the end of the semester. My grades are still not where they usually are. I am pretty sure that they are the lowest that they have been in my entire life. I do not think it is medication since I am off the medication that was causing the major problems. Even the second half of the semester when the medication was totally out of my system I still noticed I was having memory problems. They were not as bad but it was still their. I was also thinking back to past years and I am pretty sure that at least the last few years I have been having some memory problems. I do think that having epilepsy is causing some minor memory problems. Not as big as that medication was. I do remember somethings. I am able to go to college after all. I am a senior but, I am not going to graduate this year. My goal is to graduate next school year in 2009. It seems like I have to try so much more then everyone else. I really want to stay in school. I like to learn. I like school as frustrating as it is sometimes. So could it be possible for my brain to have problems converting information from short term memory into long memory sometimes? I am not sure what is going on. I guess it is all in God's hands.

 

 


wordwizard
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   Posted 12/20/2007 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   

     Hi, it's wordwizard again.  I want to qualify my previous post.  Of course, right ater having a grand mal siezure I had short term memory loss, I mean I didn't even know who I was.  But gradually and certainly by the next day everything that was important to me had come back.  I do think ,however, that I don't have any long term memory loss except that which one gets as they get older.  I do think the medication I took most of my life had a life time effect or effects on my personality.  It sort of flattened it out.  I think that the worst effect this disorder has had on me is the huge loss of self esteem.  It's hard to be shunned, or looked at as though you are wierd.  Or rejected by the opposite sex because of who you are as a human being.  That experience has a terrible effect on your sense of well being.  I know I have spent most of my life chasing approval from just about everyone, instead of somehow approving of myself.   

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RanMan
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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
wordwizard said...

 I do think the medication I took most of my life had a life time effect or effects on my personality.  It sort of flattened it out.  I think that the worst effect this disorder has had on me is the huge loss of self esteem.  It's hard to be shunned, or looked at as though you are wierd.  Or rejected by the opposite sex because of who you are as a human being.  That experience has a terrible effect on your sense of well being.  I know I have spent most of my life chasing approval from just about everyone, instead of somehow approving of myself.   

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   I totally agree 100%

   Randy


 


Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.


wordwizard
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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
     This comment is in reply to RanMan.
I believe that the effects you have described
are a result of your med's.  I know when I took
Dillantin and valium, I had the same effects that
you describe.  Especially if I over medicated.  I
would check with my doctor about changing med's.
w/w

Post Edited (wordwizard) : 12/20/2007 9:29:33 PM (GMT-7)

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