2 & 1/2 years ago DH wentt through a very stressfull situationa. He tried to commit suicide and was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety disorder. Since then I noticed him having absent seziures. He did see a neurologist for another readon and mentioned the seziures but waere told they weren't seziures, he was just that depressed he was having fits of meloncholly (sp?). Recentlyhisagnosis was changed to include a mild form of bi-polar (recognised by psychartrists only) and was perscribed epilim. On the epilim he started having more seziures (10 in 2 days ) and he was taken off epilim. Over the next week he had about another 10 -15 and they became more violent, he started shaking his limbs alittle but not a full fit that most people imagine when they think of epilepsy.
Anyway we were refered back to the neurologist to find out 1: what was happening to cause theseziures and 2: couldlamitil be used for the bi-polar. We had that appointment on Thursday and the neurologist simply said "it's ok to use lamitil". granted I have been stressing about these seziures the whole time and even more iver the kast month and was livid that the neuro thought this was an ok response. I kept asking himdoes he have epilepsy, do we have to do / watch anything and was eventually told that because i started crying when he wasn't offering any diagnosis, tests or treatment that I needed psychiatric help. I ended up walking out then as i was too upset to bother listening to this guy and his poor excuses for everything. DH stayed and eventually got told he had "a very special type of epilepsy".
I am still kind of taken a back... if he had epilepsy shouldn't he have been told more/ had a test done to find out what type?
Shouldn't he be having treatment or at least checkups?
I basiczlly got the impression that the dr was saying cause he has fots on the medication he must had a differnt type of epilepsy, which would mean the same doctor could say if he did't get fits whilst on the medication he must have a more normal type of epilepsy.
So yeah if you or someone you know has epilepsy how was it diagnosed? How did they work out the fits were epileptic and not from brain tumor? The brain tumour thing worriesmeas my uncle had been diagnosed with epilepsy at 21 after having fits for most of his life, then when hewas 63 they found a cancerous brain tumour by accident and was told more then likely thecause of the epilepsy/ fits. He only lived another 3 years.
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