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   Posted 2/27/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine are STRESS ,being overtired,and reading.anyone else have this reading trigger?

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   Posted 2/27/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm not sure about reading for me.  Stress and being overtired don't make a difference.  But sometimes I think patterns, like sunlight flickering through the shade of trees on the sidewalk, or when the sun goes through the window blinds, or the kind of lights that flicker before steadying, things like that make me more likely to have a seizure.  I don't know.




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   Posted 12/29/2007 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Apparently, my trigger is kind of strange because I haven't found too many to relate, so if you know anyone who has this same trigger please please please let me know. My trigger is pain. Not like I'm going to draw blood pain, but pain that I don't know is coming. I had a GM when I got bit by a dog. I had a GM when I fell down the stairs. I had another when my back popped out when I sneezed. And another when I had a charlie horse in my leg. Not to sound gross but I had one during a routine female exam when the doctor was, uh, less than gentle. On and on they have come when sudden pain emerged. about 52 in all over 30 years. If you know anyone that shares this experience please let me know, I would love to speak with them. Currently on lamictal-awaiting diagnosis from eptileptolgist pending results of EEG and MRI. Sorry if I grossed anyone out. Thanks for letting me vent.

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   Posted 12/29/2007 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
My trigger is stress as for many people. I have learned over the years to control the stress and my meds as a great help.
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My triggers are stress, fatigue and as I recently found out the hard way, missing my medication.

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   Posted 12/29/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   

I only have seizures when I'm sleep-deprived and off meds - seems to lower my seizure threshold.

But, visual stimulation (e.g., being in stores with fluorescent lights and lots of colors) is a HUGE trigger for me. I haven't had an aura for about 2 months, but it was always under similar conditions.

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   Posted 1/2/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
   Hi everyone.As far as "triggers" go mine would be lack of sleep,and certain noises.I sleep with a fan and if I were to really
concentrate on just the noise of the fan that would trigger a seizure.Flashing lights every now and then.My biggest is just plan ole'lack of sleep.I can't stress enough how important it is to get plenty of sleep.
    I had a Vagus Nerve Stemulator put in about 2 years ago and since then I have not had a GM,thank the good lord.My seizures are so much better since my two surgerys.Good luck to all of you.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Gracie's Mom-Thanks so much for your reply! I've been thinking all of this time that maybe I was just the weirdest person on earth. Noises and lights really don't bother me, except the lights on the eeg, they really bothered me and I felt like I was going to have a seizure. Did your daughter have these other triggers at the same time as the pain trigger?

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   Posted 1/16/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a grand mal seizure from Wellbutrin overdose. I took double dose in less than 45 minutes, as I forgot the first one! Talk about silliness as trigger!

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   Posted 1/21/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Gracie's Mom-Just went and saw my epileptologist today and my test results came back normal except for there was something wrong with my heartbeat during the eeg. He basically said, even though I think that you probably have epilepsy, since I can't tell if it is electrical or not I can't exactly say for sure. He upped my lamictal, gave me some valium for sleep and said that I need to have this specific test done on my heart. He said that I was the first patient that he ever heard of pain being the actual cause of the seizure. Weird, huh? Thanks for the link. I'll be sure to check it out.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Just adding my triggers, it is definitely missed medication and/or low amount of sleep on my side. I have occasionally felt "out of it" and been able to predict the seizures. (However i just had 3 recently in the last 2 months that I cannot explain sigh)

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   Posted 3/28/2008 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my wifes triggers was we enjoyed hitting the softballs back to each other at the park in the summertime on the ballfield but about 50% of the time she had a starring seizure. I noticed one thing though, she was sweating profusely on the back and also on the forehead SO we started playing ball in the shade at the park and thusfore eliminated 90 per cent of her seizures while playing ball. Funny thing thou she can sit on the beach in the sun all day and not have no seizures. Definitely Stress and Worry are also triggers for her along with forgetting to take her meds so everyday I check with her to make sure she took her meds. At night I double check her pill container even if she told me she took her meds to make sure the container is empty and does not still hold her nightime dose that she thought she took
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