My husband is 43 and had his first seizure about 6 weeks ago in his sleep. I woke up around 4am to this awful noise (he was biting his tongue) and his whole body was jerking. I was so terrified because this was the first time I had ever seen a seizure. This lasted for maybe around 5 minutes. Afterwards he was completely disoriented and didn't know what was going on which lasted for maybe another 5 minutes. We called our doctor and they referred us to a neurologist. He had an mri which came back fine after that he had an eeg at the neuro's office which came back showing that he had epilepsy. After he found out he was in denial about it didn't want to believe it and our neuro wasn't very helpful in giving us any information other than you have epilepsy take depakote. So for the first while he didn't take his medication and everything seemed fine. However last week after being sleep deprived and stressed out he had another seizure in his sleep this time around 7am. This one wasn't quite as bad with the jerking movements but he was biting his tongue again pretty badly and once again I was terrified. The seizure lasted again for 5 mins as with being disoriented. Afterwards I took him to the emergency and they talked to his neuro and confirmed he needed to be on the depakote. He has been on it for the past week and seems to be doing good. He has always had problems sleeping...not being able to fall asleep and always waking up at the littlest noise. Now that he has been taking the depakote he falls asleep fast and sleeps much deeper. I am still terrified! I can't sleep through the night. I'm constantly waking up making sure he is ok. All of this is new to me and i'm really scared. Just looking for a little support and information. Thanks!
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