Posted 11/12/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -6)
My son does experience this, and he has epilepsy. He cannot remember his seizures and will be somewhere and not know how he got there, will have sores and stuff. There are many different types of seizures and with some types you can just be absent, like you describe, but still function and even seem normal. My son will do all kinds of stuff, mostly normal, then I catch him doing something strange. He gets very tired and sleeps after these incidents. Sometimes the medicine he takes for seizures changes them instead of totally getting rid of them, but they are better than his big seizures. The time period seems too long, but my son says he spaces out long periods like that when he's on his medicine. The other question is did you really space out all that time, or did you lose the ability to recall it when you looked at your watch and panicked a little. That is more like short term memory loss, like a form of amnesia, which I had, that was caused by an eventual allergy to prozac and that whole family of drugs. I would definitely talk to a doctor about it right away and avoid driving or doing anything important until you have an answer and treatment for either of these two scenarios.
Now, there is a third, that is normal ME. I am a multitasker with an addling ageing brain and I can get so involved in thinking about abstract things or other things than what I'm doing that I really lose the memory of doing them because I didn't pay attention as much as I usually do. It can be very severe. At one point in time they thought it was a form of seizure, but I could recall exactly what i was thinking for all that time, though I couldn't remember what I was doing at the time. I don't think this is entirely normal but seems to be a family trait made worse by my former occupation, complex computer programming. I just can really get too focused. It can also be a sign of a medication doseage problem too, lack of sleep or emotional stress.
I know you are probably scared, I know I scare myself alot. Sometimes I would not remember driving to and from work, and it was very scary. That's why I say don't drive or do anything important or risky. I would call the doc tomorrow if you haven't already and go see someone right away so you can feel safe driving and so forth and know this wont happen. If you drive and have a seizure after knowingly having a problem, your insurance will not cover it and you can have criminal charges and/or lose your license besides possibly hurting yourself! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Check yourself for a rash from the prozac, mine didn't itch and was scaly and apparently pretty serious. If you have stuff to do, I would at least go to er or urgent care and get them to run a couple tests and either write you out from work or clear you.
I hope you feel better and if it is short term memory, then its probably just medication issue and they can correct it. Prozac is lovely for that when it doesn't agree with you. Take care and Im sorry I didn't see this earlier. Maybe someone else will post. Please be careful and get this checked out asap. I will worry for you.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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