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Symptoms of absence seizures

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I had been seizure free since April and was planning on getting my driving licence back. Then all of a sudden yesterday, I am told by an eye witness that I dropped my drink, started walking around talking nonsense and would not reply to my name being called. I have just add an MRI and the results have come back normal and I am now waiting for the results of an EEG.
Is there anything I can do to stop this happening or could it be the original problem has now healed.


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replied February 16th, 2009
Epilepsy Answer A5771


Diagnosis that has been suggested: Brain injury due to alcohol causing rum fits and epilepsy.
Current medical status: Petit mal seizures and abscences brought on by alcohol abuse. I didnt drink any more than friends so never gave a thought to consequences.


According to the symptoms you provided, you might have experienced absence seizures. If the brain tissue is not damaged then an MRI might not show any change. An EEG, on the other hand, will show the location of the cells that shoot the impulses that cause absence seizures. Adequate treatment would be recommended by a neurologist.


Clonazepam is effective in the short term but rapid development of tolerance often develops. Your doctor might want to change the dose or the medications, if needed.


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