psycogenic seziures...please help

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   Posted 12/4/2006 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Monday about 3 min after they pushed a dye for a kidney test, i started having seziures. They continued for about 7 days. I was intubated for 3 days, icu, and then neuro. floor. they now say that they are not epileptic but psycogenic, and that something in my subconscience is causing me to have sezuires. I am now home and I feel like I'm being treated like I did something wrong. I have to have 24/7 care, like being babysittwed, and my parents are now in the process of "helping me get things undercontroll". Controlling my life I feel like. I'm 21.
They have now taken and hidden all my meds, etc etc.
I haven't had a seziure in a couple days.
Does anyone know about all this stuff??

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   Posted 12/4/2006 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry I do not have any insight into this. I hope things start to work out for you. I am sure that has to be rough on you.
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   Posted 12/4/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello AngMichelle,

I'm sorry to hear you're going through this and my heart goes out to you.

As I don't know anything about your dx I googled psychogenic seizures and came up with

As for being "babysat" I would tell them how you feel and ask them to back off a bit - explain that you will probably get things under control more easily in a normal environment. It's hard having 'big brother' watching you 24/7.
Do you suffer from depression , or do they think you will - if not I don't know why they hid your meds I'm afraid.
And last but certainly not least - it is NOT your fault that this is happening , you have done NOTHING wrong.
Take care , I will be thinking of you and praying for you.

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   Posted 12/4/2006 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hun I'm happy you are doing better. I don't understand why your parents took your meds away unless it was done by doctors orders. Do they still distribute you your meds in a timely manner. Please don't feel affended for the love and support your family is trying to give you hun there are a lot of members that don't get that kind of support at home from there familys. You are in my prayers and thoughts and please keep posting so we know how your doing hun.
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   Posted 12/4/2006 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I imagine haveing your parents watching over everything you do is feels like a prison and with you being 21 I bet you feel like you have had a fun adjudsting to to being an adult and having freedom and now they are trying to take that away from you. Tell them how you feel but try to do it in a calm way. Cause I am sure they still think of you as thier tiny little baby and they would go to the moon to help you, So they might be going over board a bit. Let them know you needs and how you are feeling and I you just might be able to work something out so they can still keep you safe and health and let you have your space too. Good luck and remember they love you!

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   Posted 12/4/2006 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I talked to my dad a lot today, and he really understands. He and my mom have kind of decided that He will do most of the talking with me, etc. I know that my parents are only trying to help me and do what they think is best. Its just hard. I don't want to make my parents seem like bad people, b.c i'd be nowhere without them, but I think its just time to ME to make the decision to grow up.
What is frustrating now, is no professionals(sp?P) know much at all about psychogenic sezuires and illnesses. My new therapist told me today that he had heard of it, but he would be having to do research while he worked with me. NOBODY in my insurace is worth going to, so I'll be paying the bucks, but its worth it. I'm 21 and I have dreams. Its time to start me life again, accomplish things, and be happy.
Still really don't understand the subconscious stuff, and it being the cause of my seziures and illnesses. I was seizing while intubated and sedated....but it was psychological??? I just dont understand.
I don't really doubt the Dx though because they did every thing right medicallly to rule out anything else. Its just a hard one to swallow.
Not to mention a slight detox going on with removal of migraine meds....
thanks for letting me vent on here.

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   Posted 12/5/2006 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that you are going through all of this. It sounds awful but I'm sure that you will be OKAY. Hang in there and take one day at a time.

I have a suggestion for you b/c it seems like you have a lot of unanswered questions and I think it is important that you have the 411 on all of this.
Take a pad of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the top of one column is "Questions for Mom and Dad." On the top of the 2nd column is "Questions for my doctor(s)" Questions for Mom and Dad like WHY are you not allowing me to take my meds? Like someone posted above, is this the doctors order? If they can't explain it to you then put it on the "doctors" list. Why do you feel the need to watch me 24/7? Their must be a reason for this. Now, for the doctors list. How can these seizures be psychological when I was having them when I was unconscious? How are we going to manage my migraines from this point forward?

I believe that you are missing some vital information concerning your health and it is causing frustration and anxiety. You are fortunate to have Mom and Dad. Did you become dependent on the meds for migraine? Did you know that a lot of pain meds can cause stomache problems?

I'm sure that your parents want the best for you. Give your doctor a chance to work with you but remember that you are the patient and you have a right to ask questions. Knowledge can reduce your anxiety. Let us know how you are doing. I hope you feel better soon.
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   Posted 12/5/2006 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Hopeful M on this and am glad you are letting your stuff out to your dad .....
I think this list would be great to do and please let me know how you make out okay
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   Posted 12/12/2006 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
stick with those dreams...theyll take you places :)
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