Has anyone else only had seizures while they sleep ?

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   Posted 4/2/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  I am a new member.  I have a son, age 20.  He originally had one seizure gran mal in 2006.  Almost two years later, out of the blue again while sleeping, another one. This one in Nov. 07.  Subsequently the hospital did not give meds (when they were ordered so he had two more that day.  Keppra given.  Then in the hospital for 4 days without med. in Jan. for video EEG.  Nothing showed as before.  Took him off Keppra, and 10 days later while sleeping, another seizure.  Put him on Keppra and Lamictal.  Increased Lamictal gradually up to 150mg/ 2x's day.  Will be off Keppra by the Wed next week.  Continue with Lamictal.  Seeing Doc. tomorrow.
This is my question:  HAS Anyone out there been in this situation.  Just seizures while asleep, and on Lamictal.  DOES lamictal actually work to prevent seizures.  MY concern is that is it possible or what is the likelyhood that he could get day time (awake) seizures.  HOW does lamictal fair with preventing seizures.  My son is planning to resume driving within the next week or so.  Has anyone had any long term success with Lamictal and being seizure free. 
Omega 3 twice a day, maganese l day..and vit B6 has been given too.  I undersand that Omega 3 is used in seizure control too.
Just looking for feedback.
THanks all.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there and Welcome to Healingwell!

Lamictal is a good drug. I know of a lot of people who use it and it has proven to be very effective. Carbamazepine is what I take and I find that, that works really well too. It is possible to have seizures only at night... and in fact you can still hold a driving licence in the UK if you have been seziure free for 3 years during the day even if you had a seziure last night. PLEASE check your state law with regard to epilepsy and driving. This is something that I have experience with but I live in the UK and I know that different states have different laws. Many of our members here are US based and may be able to help.

It is not that unusual for EEG's not to show anything if the seizures are deep within the brain since the EEG measures electrical activity on the surface of the cortex. Has anyone thought about a video EEG?

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