Seizure question - could this be Epilepsy or severe panic / anxiety attack?
- 31 Jul 2012 by angel9kate
- seizures, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, epilepsy, anxiety and stress
i want to apologize first off to all the posts i left last light and this morning... i apparently experianced my first seizure. im still in a fog at the moment and had a few questions bout this.
Im 25 and never had this happen before. i have blackouts all the time from panic attacks... but my husband was sitting next to me this time. he had to make sure i didnt smash myself on the floor, i was full body convulstion for bout 5 minuetes u guess. i guess. i cant remember anything from earlier today... and still having memory and speech issues. almost bit the side of my tougue off too...
is this possibly just my anxiey getting worse... something that can be easily manageded? or could this some espelepsy disorder?
any imput will be appreciated... this doesnt exactly run in my family at all..
31 Jul 2012
Get in to see a Neurologist, otherwise the questions and unknowns will drive you loopy. This happened to us, they can narrow it down for you and set your mind at ease.
They say everyone will get one sooner or later, especially as we get older. But that's not enough. We needed to run the tests so a solid cause could be found.
Best to you, hope this helps.
31 Jul 2012
I think you need to get a definite answer as to why these things are happening. Your black outs could be absence seizures that have progressed to something more. Call your doc, tell him what's going on, and get a referral to a neurologist. He will do some tests, probably an EEG to see how your brain is working. Nothing to be afraid of, but you need to find out what's going on. What happens if you black out while driving?
Please get checked out.
Stay calm and call your doc tomorrow. He'll probably want to see you.
31 Jul 2012
Hi i had a (prescription) drug induced seizure a while ago and know how scary they can be! As the others have suggested, you need to see a neurologist to get some definitive answers. After mine, i had an EEG and MRI - these are standard tests after someone has a seizure and can evaluate the possibility of epilepsy. I don't want you to worry, as this is just a possibility. It is important that you inform you doctor about this asap. A 5 minute seizure is pretty severe. As already mentioned, it was lucky you were with your husband and not alone. As with your blackouts - they could present themselves at very dangerous moments. Please seek medical advise about this.
31 Jul 2012
Don't forget any meds you're on. Quite a few drugs, particularly if taken together can cause seizures. You should go to the er if you have another one, and be sure to call your dr and make an appt asap. I've never heard of anxiety causing it.
31 Jul 2012
You got some great advice from balbanese, lmariani55, Delila and kaismama. Please take that advice and get in to see a neurologist as soon as possible. If you need to call the Neurologist, explain what is happening to you and I'm sure they would make room in their schedule for you very quickly.
Also, as kaismama said, please go to the ER if you have anything unusual happen. Go straight away, don't wait. This is something you can NOT ignore.
Best wishes to you, and keep us updated if you are able,
Tilly from philly
31 Jul 2012
I had a friend who had a random seizure at 17, and the neurologist she went to told her that it is common for women in their late teens to late twenties to have just one random seizure. In your case, it sounds like it could possibly have been bad enough to cause some lasting aftereffects, so I would see a neurologist ASAP. When I have seizures, I have slurred speech as well. I don't think it's epilepsy, because that mostly occurs from birth.
Let me know how everything turns out, and I hope you're alright!
31 Jul 2012
Hi angel9kate,its been 16 hours since you posted this question.I really hope you have gone to an ER by now.when I was young about 5 years old I started having sizures that got worse as I got older. this is something you need to address now. Dont just play it off like it happened 1 time and its no big deal.my doctors tell me that every sizure you have kills a little bit of your brain.I used to wake up from them and hear horror stories about how i scared the hell out of the people around me. you asked if it could be your anxity? thats what used to trigger mine that blinking lights,and getting really angry and not doing anything about it.It starts like you feel out of sync with everything around you,your moving at a diffrent speed. then you start to get hot and dizzy and next thing you know everyone is telling you what just happened? Sound like what happenes to you? Today your gonna wake up feeling sore like you gotten beaten up last night.
If this is what your going through please go to an ER.I Don't want to scare you but it only gets worse.Good news is you can learn to control them.Listen to everyone here and go to the ER. subzero58... pete
1 Aug 2012
You have had a lot of good of advice already, but you have to work with a psycologist or somone to learn methods of managing your anxiety and stress because they are one of the few triggers that can lead to a siezure for sure! If you ever find that you are at the computer or writing and you have written the same word over and over, watch out, that is a siezure! The first time I did that it really freaked me out. I could go on and on with stories like this, but I won't,most are very embarrasing except the nocturnal ones that could be dangerous sleeping alone in my own room, if I have the aura, I ask my kids to check on me every so often before they go to sleep, but my dog usually freaks and starts barking until someone comes in, I did not teach her to do this, she just does - life is crazy that way!
16 Aug 2012
i have an apt with my nuerologist on friday (he wasnt in the office till then)
and im pretty scared at this point... cuz well... i dont remember even posting this question... went to see my psychiatrist a few days after when i was still foggy... he thought i was on something till my husband explained what happened.
also i dont kno if this matters but i couldnt read right before it happened.. like the words made no sense/ forgot how to read. is this a warning thats its coming?
and ihad my first concussion at 18, 5 more since then... possible cause? (mostly random fainting spells thought to be anxiety attacks)
thx for the advice! :)
16 Aug 2012
Angel, Go to ER or your GP. Your GP will be able to refer you to the DR. that's right for you, plus you'll probably get a quicker appointment with your GP behind you because they have connections with other Doctors that we don't. And at the same time he can assess and monitor your behavior. Sweetheart, please don't take this lightly. We all want you to address the adverse reactions your experiencing. There are so many people on this site dedicating their life to helping us. You can tell by all the responses you've received. You're not alone. We're here for you. This time, though, you HAVE to listen to the people above. This isn't a laughing matter. Go to your Dr. God bless you. Anna
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