Reasons for seizures?

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   Posted 6/6/2015 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having seizures about every 2 weeks to a month. I am a 54 year old female and I have had my first seizure about a year and a half ago. Every time I have had a seizure, I have not felt good the day before. For example, I feel very fatigued with no energy and usually a headache as well. Then the next day, I will have a seizure. The majority of them have happened when I was sleeping. I have went and seen neurologists and they have ruled out epilepsy. Therefore, I am having non epileptic seizures. However, they cannot figure out why I am having these seizures. I am currently on medication. I just wanted to see if anyone else was/is having this problem. Also, if anyone may have suggestions on what could be the reasoning behind my seizures.

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   Posted 6/6/2015 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
You might want to start monitoring your blood sugar, Sharsy. Hypoglycemia can cause seizures, and these most often happen in the wee hours of the morning. Your symptoms the day before could also be from low blood sugar. If this seems to be a problem, eating a small snack high in complex carbs just before bedtime may help. Crackers and cheese or peanut butter, for example, can give you a sustained blood glucose boost.
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   Posted 6/6/2015 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Sharsy,

If you currently are having 2 or more seizures a month, then your medication doesn't sound like it is working very well. It's true the neurologist don't know what exactly causes seizures since there are so many different types. The neurologist never could link what was causing mine from my childhood through adulthood. Mainly, because the symptoms would change. I had seen this neurologist for 17 years and he couldn't figure it out. During my early 20's, I began keeping a record of the events in the month and marking on a calendar the days I had a seizure and how many occurred on that day. I realized that I was having seizures the week before my menstrual cycle or the day of my menstrual cycle. I also realized I was at a high risk of one occurring if I drank too much caffeine with little sleep and became extremely stressed. (I was in college at the time). I also noticed that in November - December was my highest time of when they occurred. I noticed that the cold weather change would trigger a slight seizure in the daytime. Then when I was 37, there were new tests at a research hospital that my neurologist had never heard of. The neurologist there found an old scar on the brain that could not be detected by MRI's at the other hospital. I would suggest that you keep track on a calendar of how often and the days they occur. I would also suggest to keep a record of what you're eating during the week and how much sleep you're able to get daily. Do you have a stressful job, and how bad is the stress around your daily living? Was this event of seizures linked to a previous accident? There are clues all around you to finding what type of a seizure you are having. Once you find the name of the one your are having, there is more help for you. The trick is, you have to be your own detective sometimes. Good luck.
Medications: Lamictol, Keppra, Vitamin D, Singlair, Sinaquin, Allegra Allergy daily, Loloestrin
Diagnosis: Left Temporal Lobe Seizures, Vitamin D Deficiency, Pruritus (due to the seizure meds), and Endometriosis

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   Posted 6/8/2015 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
You may have a form of sleep apnea.

Maybe you should speak to your Neurologist about sending you for a sleep study to determine what's causing you to feel this way.

Have any of your seizures happened during sleep? If so, this could be due to lack of oxygen to the brain while you sleep from sleep aids such as certain anti-epileptic drugs, sleeping pills, or some sort of restriction to the airway. If you have a 15" neck measurement, this could also cause an airway restriction. This could also cause nighttime seizures and/or a feeling of "post ictal" and headache, fatigue, or lack of energy.
This can also result in nighttime seizures.

In my case, I have been dx'd with Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
After my sleep disorders test the Dr. showed me the EEG from that one night, I would stop breathing up to 50 times/hour and had 3 seizures and that I was waking up "post ictal" (moody and spaced out) tired,lethargic, (feel like crap)
I have purchased a CPAP machine (Constant Positive Air Pressure)as recommended by my Doctor, which provides constant air pressure and have noticed a vast improvement.
No more snoring (the whole family sleeps better now), more energy when I wake up, better REM sleep, improved memory (less short term memory loss), and most of all ~ NO MORE NIGHT SEIZURES.

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