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indications of siezure disorder. MRI result

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Hello, I am a woman who will be turning 30 this coming may. Recently I had an mri, I was refered over for indications of siezure disorder. I had my first siezure at the age of twelve which was trigured by the flashing of a strobe light. During that episode I experienced uncontrollable convulsing and when I finished I was crying and extreemely exhausted through out my teenage years I experienced a total of three others like it. Following I had a silent period where there was nothing or so it seemed. Over the last 5 years I have been experiencing these daja vu like symtoms. I always know when I am going to have them because I get this churning in my stomache either with a feeling of chills or hot flashes then I sometime feel as if I am going to pass out my vision usually is blured or goes black and I have a feeling of fear or familiarity sometimes accompanied with slured speech if I am talking when the onset happens. They usually happen at least once a month, and continue for a period of four days to a week, the first day I might have one and the next day the number increases but then taper back off tward the last day of having them. Sometimes the episode might last 30 seconds or minutes long.I usuall feel very exhausted. After these experiences and most often do not really remember the so called deja vu I am aware what I have just experienced. I am having memory problems I get confused easily, I forget things easily and do better learning new things by actually learning them hands on though it is usually after doing it many times, I have been told I accomplish tasks rather slowly, and that sometimes I look like I'm off in china somewhere. I too notice these problems and can become overwhelmed confused and frustrated because of them. One other problem that is now starting to occure is difficulty hearing which other in my home and work place have brought to my attention. And though I too have noticed it seems a bigger problem than I thought, although I'm not sure if it is linked to the other issues I am having. I am looking for a new dr. My other dr. Has not really an effort what so ever to explain my mri results and so I am looking for a new dr. And answers myself. My mri showed that ther were no tumors or lesions detected and that signal seemed normal, however the mri stated the finding to mild assymetry in the hippocampus and parahippocampus as well as slight atrophy suggested to right compared to the left. And that clinical correlation is requested. I am not a dr. So I have no clue what any of this suggests or means but I am desperate for any helpful advice or answers. Thank you. -Rosie


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replied March 28th, 2014
Neurological Disorders Answer A46402
Thank you for asking!
Complete clinical correlation is advised means specialists need to consulted and connect the dots for the seizures and find the etiology. A simple MRI is just to sort out any damage done by the seizures which luckily is not much.Radiologists write that in every report.
Rest the seizures can be easily managed with the anti seizure meds and continuous compliance with them, You are lucky there is no brain damage or lesion. And the memory issues are associated with seizures.These are postictal periods and nobody remembers them any way,
All you need is a good neurologist and a medicine from now onwards like sodium valproate or carbamezapine or what ever comes up best for you and a continuous compliance and avoidance of triggers of seizures which your neurologist will explain to you its a big list like sleep routine, psychiatric profile, avoidance of heights and fire, not closing bath room door or road alone etc.
Seizures are not lethal unless there is a brain damage. They just need meds and care thats it.
Stop worrying and please stay brief. Consultants like brevity in questions.
Take care


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