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  1. N

    30+ years with Epilepsy, still lots of ???

    Glad to meet my peers. I'm 53 now. Diagnosed with Epilepsy when I was 21. Some Neuro docs say it was from a head injury when I was 4...some docs just dont have opinion. I've had uncontrolled complex partials since day one. Meds help but not 100%. I went on disability 4 years ago after...
  2. S

    Experience with Briviact (brivaracetam)?

    Hi everyone -- In my mental haze over the past four years, the existence of this forum slipped my mind. I'm so happy to have found it again! I'm not sure if background is necessary, but a quick one: my seizures started in 2013 out of nowhere at the age of 32 (several a day). Ever since, I've...
  3. edepew151

    Surgery Fears...

    Hey everyone So, I've found a neurologist who believes I could be an excellent candidate for surgery. We are starting the eligibility testing this week, just to confirm. I had asked another doctor about it years ago, but was told it wouldn't work for me, even though they couldn't give me a...
  4. Matthew74

    Keppra and concentration

    I've been off Keppra for a month or two. I was only on 375mgs a day. My clarinet playing has improved markedly. Over the fall, when I had better seizure control than now because of the Ketogenic diet, I was a disaster. I couldn't focus, got distracted, and had no musical imagination...
  5. T

    Updates About Aptiom

    Hey again. A week or so ago, I put up a thread about being new, needing help and opinions and being on the lovely drug Aptiom. I was told it was insanely new and to give feed back on it. Well here is my feedback. IT SUCKS. THIS DRUG DOES NOT GET ALONG WITH MY BODY WHATSOEVER. (Obviously that...
  6. skyfire322

    How long before side effects usually kick in?

    I was switched from 500 mg of zonisamide to 250 mg of Depakote this past Monday, and they're slowly working me up to 500 mg. Yesterday morning, I had woken up feeling very nauseous and ended up throwing up blood but I didn't have any auras. My side was hurting quite a bit (near the kidney...
  7. N

    Are these Lamictal side effects?

    Last night I went to bed at 12:30 and was awake until 3am. Around 3 I started feeling extreme, burning pain in my lats pretty suddenly. I also felt really nauseated and dry heaved a few times. The lat pain became so bad that I was crying and shaking. My heart was pounding so hard it felt like it...
  8. Garbo

    Zonegran and insomnia

    Hello all! I haven't posted for a while due to being very busy, as well as dealing with lots of medication changes. We discovered that I respond exceedingly well to Zonegran; however, it gives me such bad insomnia that the first time I tried it I didn't sleep for four days. If anyone has...
  9. skyfire322

    Increase of clonazepam

    As some of you know, most of my seizures are absence in nature and I have constant tremors. I'm not the biggest fan of benzos by any means, and my biggest side effect though is I become quite loopy; almost a drunk type of feeling. I'll stumble while walking, slur my words a little bit, etc...
  10. skyfire322

    Zonegran dental side effects?

    My neurologist upped my dosage from 500 mg to 600 mg per day last week. I hadn't had any side effects except for drowsiness, but since I started this new dosage, my gums are super sensitive. I noticed last night whilst brushing my teeth, my gums started bleeding. I use a soft bristled...
  11. P

    Depakote Sprinkes Vs. Depakote ER

    Is there anyone who has taken both of these and might be able to tell me the difference in terms of side effects? My son has aggressive behavior with the sprinkles (4 125 mgs/day) about 1 hr after taking the medication. After 4 or 5 hours he's more like his normal self. I've read that depakote...
  12. Garbo

    Issues with side effects from Topamax

    My epileptologist increased my Topamax to 300 mg (I also take Keppra) and I have been having side effects from it-- nausea, vomitting, GI problems, and because of those, headaches. They tend to fluctuate so the nausea is pretty consistent, but the other ones are not (the headaches are not)...
  13. T

    Tegretol?

    So today my doctor started me on Tegretol as Lamictal was not controlling my seizures. I've never been on Tegretol and in 4 weeks my doctor will remove my Lamictal as she prefers me to just be on one medication. The questions I'm asking is; does it cause weight gain? That's a major issue for...
  14. Minkous

    Becoming more and more repetitive...

    Hey Ya'll, I started having seizures a year ago, both absung and tonic clonics. Since I have started having them I have become very repetitive. My family often jokes or even gets annoyed that I tell the same story 10x and don't even remember it. It is usually the worst after my tonic clonics...
  15. K

    Medications and dental problems

    Hi everyone! This has been bothering me for some time so I thought I would share it with you and see if any of you have had this problem. I went to my dentist recently and he told me I need a full mouth restoration. I need bone grafts and tissue grafts on both sides, top and bottom, of my teeth...
  16. L

    Topomax weight loss

    Hi everyone I was put on topamax in February and at the time weighed 62kg (136lb) and am 5 foot 4. I have lost 17lb since then and am wandering whether I should do anything about it, I'm now 119lb so not underweight but eating loads and still loosing weight quite quickly. Should I go back to...
  17. A

    Side Effects Or Partial Seizures?

    Over the last 2 weeks my complex-partial seizures have increased significantly in frequency. I am currently taking Tegretol and my G.P has increased my dose to try and control it but he wants to closely monitor the seizures. I always get side effects for a 1-2 weeks after increasing Tegretol...
  18. C

    B6 vitamins to mitigate effects of Keppra

    Hi, it's comforting to be here. I have a 27 yr. old, developmentally delayed son who was diagnosed with epilepsy 23 months ago. He was on 400 mg of dilantin (phenytoin) per day and appeared to be seizure free until March 10, 2014. That day, he had 2 tonic clonics and has had 5 partials in the...
  19. Matthew74

    keppra, lack of attention, imperfectionism

    I believe that when I started taking Keppra a number years ago that I lost some mental focus, and stopped caring about doing certain things correctly. When I was on Tegretol alone I had great mental focus, intense concentration, attention to detail, and was a perfectionist to a fault. I seem...
  20. I

    a twenty year old in denial

    Prior to January 24, 2013 I had never had a seizure. There was some history of a few cousins and a great grandma having a few and being medicated, however I never imagined it would happen to me. I was nineteen years old, never been sick with anything, and invincible. On that lovely Thursday...
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