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Old 06-16-2016, 01:19 PM   #1
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So Dearest NeuroTalk Angels,

I think I'm having simple partial seizures. Do any of you have these?

Today shaking on my left side, my arm, shoulder, hand. The shaking (tremor? seizure?) lasted about 10 seconds. The shaking happened about 20 seconds after I stood up and I had some preliminary dizziness.

This has happened about once a week for the past 6 months or so.

Today I tried to stabilize myself on a counter, with my left hand (I am left handed), but could not due to the shaking so I chose to fall to the floor.

My husband was in the room and insisted that I tell my neurologist about this because it concerned him, of course.

I know that my neurologist ordered EEGs, both for one hour and also overnight, both with normal findings.

I take 3600 mg of gabapentin already. I doubt if there is any possible intervention or need for diagnosis.

I have profound PN and also SFN. I am Immune Deficient with IVIG every 4 weeks.

I am 74.

This is what it seems like (taken from Johns Hopkins website: Simple Partial Seizures | Types of Seizures | The Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center

Motor – A simple partial seizure with motor symptoms will affect muscle activity, causing jerking movements of the foot, face, arm, or another part of the body. Physicians can diagnose which side of the brain is affected by observing which side of the body experiences symptoms (left brain controls right side, right brain controls left side).

It is, indeed, always something.

Hugs, Elaine
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:56 PM   #2
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Hi ElaineD,

Did you ever find out what was causing your difficulties?

A consideration would be Neurontin (Gabapentin) side effects.

Information and side effects Gabapentin:
Gabapentin: MedlinePlus Drug Information

Take care
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:01 PM   #3
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So dearest Snoopy,

My fabulous Neurologist has ordered a CT Scan of my head and neck with an infusion that makes this an angiogram of my head and neck blood supply.

BECAUSE he thinks it may be this rare TIA episodes caused by positional occlusion of the carotids, causing an existent blockage to close and deprive me of oxygen to the brain.

Well, this needs attention for sure. With the first episode over two years ago he ordered a scan of my carotids which seemed clear. But with this recurrence he suspects the occlusion is above the area scanned.

Limb-Shaking Transient Ischemic Attacks: Case Report and Review of Literature

In summary, limb shaking is a rather uncommon form of transient ischemic attack that should be recognized and differentiated from conditions like focal motor seizures. We add to literature another case of this rare condition. Recognition will almost invariably point to carotid artery occlusion and timely treatment may not only abolish the attacks in patients but also reduce their risk of stroke.

Medscape: Medscape Access

He has also ordered another sleep deprived EEG, to look for Seizure activity. Sleep deprived is BAD ENOUGH but it is also CAFFEINE DEPRIVED. I may just have seizures from that alone. However I had this test in 2013 under his orders, and my brain didn't show any seizures. AND I also had an overnight sleep study to conduct an EEG then, as well. No problems occurred. This was because I fell out of bed while dreaming a bunch of times.


Stay tuned and i'll keep you posted.

Hugs, Elaine

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