when im sound asleep my heart rate sometimes drops and breathing slows down to almost a stop, which causes me to go into a seziure. what do they call this condition? and what are my treatment options?
Yes it's a condition. I watched a show about it and I can't remember the name of the condition. The girl ended up having Epilepsy. I would contact your doctor and ask him about it and see if you have Epilepsy. I hope this helps. Sorry I couldn't answer you original question. Good luck!
I did just a litle bit of googling and reading since I too have seizures- that are not understood yet. I believe what you are referring to in your sleep may be Sleep Apnea- you might try googling Apnea and Seizures together. I noted that there are several mentions of Epilepsy being worse for older people in particular who have Sleep Apnea.
I have a bit of Apnea with my Cranial Settling and Cranio-cervical instabiltiy. I wear a hard neck brace to help stabilize my neck during the night and also elevate my upper body to help with breathing. You might try the later if you haven't already to see if that helps. (It's the worst feeling in the world when you feel like you can't breathe, I know~) I have had lots of seizures while sleeping and those were the ones I was most likely to lose bowel control, ect- indicating I am guessing that they were worse than the ones I had while upright.
If your seizures occur only during sleep and you have difficulty breathing during sleep too, you should be able to get a sleep study done (maybe with an EEG too) which might clarify what is going on.
I copied this phrase from the page I was reading on last because it's of import for me as well- "the seizures may have been triggered by lack of oxygen to the brain(hypoxia) during the time you stopped breathing."
The above is copied from this page- where (Hurrah!) there is an "ask the Neurologist forum." http://www.asktheneurologist.com/seizures-sleep-apnea.html
In my view, it is very important that you urge your Neurologist to order some kind of testing to determine whether or not your seizures are of significant danger to you. I don't know why- but I have found most Neurologists willing to let a person suffer for far too long before doing the much -needed testing. And if (it would be good if it does happen) your EEG- electrical brain monitoring turns out to be normal, bear in mind that there are many reasons for seizures to occur. And most Neurologists do not take time to consider all the possibilities.
I wish you the best of luck and do take care.
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