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Just came back from a five day EEG that triggered a few seizures. I have an MRI, PET, and neuropsych test this week. I'm now on lamictal and keppra. My doc thinks I may need surgery in my left temporal lobe.
I've already noticed better language skills now that I'm off Dilantin. The idea of surgery scares me blind though. I only have minor seizures once a month, so unless it is a tumor or something that can get worse, I just can't imagine. Opinions?
Do the neurologists have any idea where in your brain the seizures are coming from?
In my opinion having surgery should be considered as a last resort, eg if you find you are having trouble controlling your seizures with meds or other methods (eg diet change). As it has been mentioned on here many times brain surgery is a really big step & after you have the surgery there is no turning back. If you are only having minor seizures (I assume you mean partial seizures) & you feel you are controlling your seizures ok then I don't see why you need to have surgery. In the end it is your decision to make & your neurologist is there to guide you.
My seizures were caused from scarring on my left temporal lobe & I had brain surgery 2 years ago. I don't regret having surgery because it has helped me control my seizures but it was a last resort for me as I tried 5 medications over 7 years, none of which helped control my seizures. I actually found as the years went by I started having more partial seizures, even when I was on 2 or 3 meds.
Good luck with the rest of your tests & your decision about surgery.