Can Epilepsy get worse over time?
I'm a 35 year old female. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 19 after a suffered a seizure after a night of partying. I started on medication and the seizures were controlled, no problems at all. In the past two years I have suddenly started having some major problems with communication, memory, speech slurring, and my brain will often "skip" like a cd. My neurologist has been giving me some tests to figure out what could be causing these symptoms. I had a 24 hour EEG done where my neurologist found quit a bit of seizure activity. She also performed an MRI where she also found something called a Chiari malformation, but she did not seem too concerned about it. I have now been going through medication changes for the past two years because she's viewing alot of the problems that I'm having as side effects of the drugs. I've been on Depakote, Topamax, Lamictal, Keppra, and now Zonegran. I have a 150 RT commute to work everyday to work, and two small children at home. Can stress cause epilepsy to get worse? Can your seizure activity change as you age? I'm so worn out and stressed out at this point...
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my brother has epilepsy and if he had a lack of sleep he would jump like he got shocked and then one day after doing an all nighter that night he had a seizure. When I get a lack of sleep I get the same jolts and I'm scared that I might have epilepsy.
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