Passing out and possible seizures from flashing lights

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   Posted 8/18/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Whenever we pass by flashing lights from a police car, ambulance or fire truck, I have to tell my daughter to close her eyes and sometimes cover her eyes also if the lights are very reflective.  She will pass out and her body will start shaking.  Who else has had these problems, and were you ever able to drive?
She's 15 now and not driving, but I'm looking into the future and wondering if she will be able to one day.
Plus, do any of you know why some of the police lights are so much more reflective than others - those really make her feel bad.  Before the episodes of passing out and shaking, she always did get dizzy from them before that started happening.
Thank you for any help you might have.
God bless you.

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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Does your daughter have a diagnosed seizure disorder? Flashing lights are one of the classic seizure triggers, so common that they're even used during EEG's to stimulate seizure activity. The behavior you're describing certainly does sound like a classic tonic-clonic seizure.

If your daughter hasn't been evaluated, you need to have this done. She needs to be seen by a neurologist, who will likely want to do further testing. If she is having seizures, it's likely they can be controlled with medication.

If she is already under treatment, please discuss this with her neurologist, as she may need a medication adjustment.

In most jurisdictions, people with seizure disorders are allowed to drive if they have been seizure-free for a specified period - usually six months to a year. But the first thing is to get the episodes under control.

Good luck, and let us know how she does.
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   Posted 8/22/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
She's had the EEGs and they have not shown it to be epilepsy. It is put as stress related since it doesn't show up on the EEG. Those type of lights have always made her really dizzy, but now she passes out and has her body jerking also. She has been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines in the past and an ovarian cyst, and I know both can cause other problems. She also has it where her muscles get very, very weak where she needs help walking or being picked and carried from one place to another because her legs just won't work or they get rock hard in a ball (like a spasm). This happens in her arms, legs, and back. Since she was little, she has said it feels like her nerves were being stretched, but we were told it was growing pains, but all this can't be growing pains anymore. She also has hot flashes and her feet and hands get ice, ice cold and pins and needles or where she doesn't have much feeling in them along with swelling. I'm sorry I'm rambling on. I know this doesn't all go a long with what we were talking about, but it would be nice to get some answers to all her problems rolled into one answer.

Thank you for your help and advice. Have a good evening.

God bless you.

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