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  • About ericaegge
    Seizure Background
    I was diagnosed with simple partial epilepsy when I was seven years old. My seizures originate from the left inter-temporal region and manifest in my right hand and forearm, which during a seizure would clench up and shake for about ten seconds. I've been on Dilantin, Tegretol, Keppra and Depakote in the past, and am currently on Vimpat, Lamictal XR and Lyrica. In January of 2011, I had surgery to hopefully eradicate my epilepsy. The first of the two back-to-back surgeries was a large craniotomy, where about 100 small electrodes were placed on the surface of my brain. My bone flap was frozen - kind of like a coat check - and was to be replaced in the second surgery. They closed me up but for the leads that came from my brain, through my scalp, and hooked onto an EEG-like machine. My medications were substantially reduced and my seizures monitored for four days. I had to do this because my MRIs have come out clear my whole life, so they couldn't see exactly where the origin point was. After a few more tests, they brought me back to surgery, where the leads were removed, as was the "short-circuit" where my seizures originated, and I got back my bone flap. I used to have seizures almost every day, but it's five weeks after surgery and I haven't had a single one! I've been keeping a blog that chronicles everything from the day that I decided to have surgery through the present - my recovery: www.livinginabrainstorm.blogspot.com.
    Treatments
    I take Lyrica (300mg 2/day), Lamictal XR (400 mg 1/day) and Vimpat (100mg am / 200mg pm)
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Interests
    blog: www.livinginabrainstorm.blogspot.com, writing, singing, pilates!

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  • Join Date: 03-11-2011
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