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View Poll Results: What first triggered your epilepsy, if known? (i.e. first seizure)
Born with epilepsy 28 9.69%
Had an accident (e.g. car accident) 38 13.15%
Brain damage (e.g. Brain tumors, stroke, heart attack, infectious diseases) 40 13.84%
Hormonal changes (e.g. PMT) 11 3.81%
Allergy (e.g. food allergy) 1 0.35%
Brought on by stress / tiredness 31 10.73%
Eating too little / too much 3 1.04%
Withdrawal from drugs - chemist or other 6 2.08%
Other 38 13.15%
Not sure 93 32.18%
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:04 PM
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Stress of high school or mixture of growing up + puberty? I was seizure free and showed no signs until my mid high school year, around the time when I started to worry more about my future.

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Mine was a "perfect storm" of sleep deprivation, excess sugar and caffeine, and major stress. (Pulling a "all nighter" during senior year at college with a stack of chocolate bars and a pot of espresso.)
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Originally Posted by AlohaBird View Post:
Mine was a "perfect storm" of sleep deprivation, excess sugar and caffeine, and major stress. (Pulling a "all nighter" during senior year at college with a stack of chocolate bars and a pot of espresso.)
Oh my god, that's absolutely terrifying, especially since so many students do that.

Mine is most likely a hereditary form, but triggered by a TBI/severe concussion I had when I was eight so I put brain injury.
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Originally Posted by PlumeAgate View Post:
Brain damage we think, from a lack of oxygen when I was born. I inhaled amniotic fluid and had to have my lungs pumped.

That sounds familiar, as I too was born not breathing.
I also think that it was exasperated by chicken pox, as I had to be taken to the doctor and given gamma globulin for a high fever and seizures.
My medication wasn't changed at all until I was an adult and started being more proactive in my personal care.
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