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Epilepsy Letter # 5
I am twenty-nine years old. I have had seizures for almost ten years now. My general experience with epilepsy has been interesting. When I first had the seizures, my family was completely shocked, including my grandmother who has since passed away. Nobody ever knew what caused me to have the seizures and they still do not know. There were tons of tests done and nothing came out of it. My experience with epilepsy was a painful one. My seizures came about very suddenly. At first, the neurologist put me on Dilantin. Bad move. Why? Because it caused my gums to swell like balloons. That required some surgery. Everyone in my family thought I would die of these seizures. After each one, I had become very light headed for a brief period.
When I was working, my co-workers were supportive of me. The same holds true for both my family and friends. My grandmother was alive at the time that I had the first seizures. She was supportive of me. She even came to the hospital to see how I was doing. She was like that until about two months before she passed away. This was three years ago. After that, her health failed rapidly. Any time I did not feel too good after having the seizures, all I had to do was call her. She would make me feel much stronger. I feel that living with epilepsy is easy!! With the combination of both my family and friends, and the fact that I take my medication religiously on time every day, my life is extremely easy! My family and friends continue to support me while I have epilepsy. You definitely have to think positively and forget the past! Think about your future!
I like bike riding, miniature golf, walking and flea markets, garage sales, archery and of course, shopping! I also collect Sylvester the cat stuff. My collection is big and it continues to grow. I am a 70’s music fan, and love music from the 80’s and 90’s as well. I am also an Elvis fan, a Beatles fan, and a U2 fanatic.
I think this young woman used support from her family and friends to help her gain a sense of inner strength. She did not fall into depression because she focused on her goals and interests. She also looked at life positively by not focusing on her past. She focused on the good things in her future.
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Continuous spike-wave in slow wave sleep syndrome (CSWS) is a rare epilepsy syndrome in which children lose a wide range of developmental abilities, including language, motor skills, memory, and visuospatial skills. This syndrome occurs in school-aged children. Development prior to onset of CSWS may be normal, but children with CSWS often have some pre-existing learning difficulties. In many children there is no known cause of epilepsy, although some children are found to have abnormal brain formation or have a prior history of brain infection. We still do not understand how these structural changes result in the continuous EEG discharge.
Many, but not all, children with CSWS also have seizures. There can be many different seizure types, including absence, generalized tonic-clonic, and focal seizures. The seizures can be difficult to treat. Even in those who already had learning difficulties, there is a clear loss of skills across multiple deve…
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If you aren’t getting enough vitamin B12, it is indeed very important –
and you may very well not be thinking about it. One reason you aren’t
thinking about it is that we tend to fall in (and out!) of love with one
nutrient at a time (such as vitamin C, beta carotene, lycopene and so
on), and vitamin B12 isn’t the nutrient du jour. But the other reason
you may not be thinking about it is … because you can’t. A deficiency of
vitamin B12 can limit your ability to think clearly about anything!
(More on that momentarily.)
Like all vitamins, B12 is an organic compound, made from carbons (as
opposed to minerals, which are inorganic), and essential for our normal
metabolic function and health. Also, like most vitamins, B12 plays a
wide variety of roles in our metabolism. The short list of important
effects B12 has on your health includes these: Vitamin B12 is essential for the manufacture of red blood cells; a deficiency leads to a cha…
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