Does the weather affect your seizure?

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/14/2006 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I wave had seizures for many years and for the longest time have notices that when there are drastic changes in temparature or when there is going to be a storm that my seizure frequency increases. Is anyone else affected in this way?
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   Posted 1/14/2006 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   


IMO previous experience tells me that drastic weather changes can effect your seizures.

If you think about it, the sun and moon control the tides and weather, your body is composed of mostly water so the weather HAS to effect your seizures.(AS WELL AS A FULL MOON)

You may or maynot have read in some of my previous posts, I have mentioned that my gait and coordination are off.
Well it's worse,  usually when there is a drastic increase in temperature or if the barametric pressure changes drastically which usually indicates a major storm is comming.
You may experience tripping alot and falling and having alot of petit-mal seizures and outer body experiences (de ja vu).
When I had my semi-annual appt with my neorologist and I mentioned this to him. I found this very interesting.
He said that because of all the very hot weather we've had last summer, the perspiation, it can have a negative effect on your meds and cause you to act like you're drunk because you lose so much of your medication is lost though your perspiration (I sweat ALOT) bringing your blood syrum level down.  Also, if your AED's are mixed with other types of drugs, this can also effect the blood syrum level. 
If my medication level were to be increased, the meds could go toxic in my system causing a whole new set of problems. also increased because I also take meds for ulcerative colitis.
Before he changes any of my meds he ordered a special type of blood test that most labs won't do because it's so expensive, "Blood Syrum Unbound Fraction" to see how much of my medication is being lost through perspiration. I'm not totally sure but I think he explained that it shows how much of the medication is actually in the blood and how much is being stored, that's the "unbound fraction".
It's a very rare type of test and the tech. that took my blood has never seen this done before.
In my 26 yrs. with epilepsy, I've never heard of this before and find it quite interesting. I always knew that you lost some of your medication though perspiration, but not that much, (maybe it's because I perspire more than most people).
Case in point:
Police say the heat in the woman's car sparked an epileptic seizure. She lost control of the car, hit the corner of a house, and crashed through the back of a church rectory

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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