Hi, im 18 years old and I have epilepsy. I just had another seizure today and they arent very regular. I have one every few months and with each one I become more coherant after I wake up. Im on keppra right now and I just want to know if anybody knows if I have a good chance of growing out of this or if maybe the keppra is a bad medication or something. Epilepsy is really depressing me and im just looking to see if anybody has any encouragment for me or good news.
I am so sorry you are so young and you have epilepsy! You might talk to your Dr. And see if he can give you something for your depression as I am sure when you are depressed that it does not help with the epilepsy, but you need to let your Dr. Know this or he won't be able to help you. Their are a lot of support groups out their to help you. I have a lot of medical problems myself, my Dr. Is trying me on a new med called gabitril (tagabine hcl), it is also for people with epilepsy. I wish I could be of more help!
Hey there. I have dealt with this since I was 12 and I am now 29. I have an education, career, marriage and a daughter. I made it, yet it was a lot of hard work at times. I only had absense. I have been on and off pills for years and I hate it to this day. I recently had brain surgery 3 months ago. It is becoming a typical surgery these days. If you cannot get the situation under control ( if your situation is very serious), consider seeing a doctor who is supportive of surgery. This procedure is actually being recommended as an option early on. I would have done this years ago if possible. I had mine done at kettering memorial hospital in ohio. I now have no seizures. You will have to stay strong and keep your head up. You are only 18, yet are also diving into the adult world and I clearly remember the hardships, many still exist today. One thing to do: go to your doctor and request a plan to get down to the bottom of things. Ex. If this med doesn't work, _______ is next on the list. If we go through 3 meds and still no luck, lets consider surgery or vns. Don't settle for some doctor who takes you in for 5 minutes and gives you no real plan for the future. You are 18 and are planning your future. This is now a part of it. Looking over this letter, it seems abrupt, yet I am just a former elementary teacher/mommy. I promise I am thinking in a soft tone. If you can control this with medicine, do so. My heart goes out to you.