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dancer86442

Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
candi_phelps@yahoo.com AKA Jeanne Phelps from Bullhead City, AZ on Facebook. I was diagnosed w/ Epilepsy in 1977. I came to WebMD in 1993 & joined the Epilepsy Boards, searching for answers about a new Drug (Felbatol) for seizures that had been recalled. Bone Cancer. (2009 Research found this side effect to be rare)

Age 42, I received my 'Baby Book' & was surprised to see 'convulsions' on the inner cover. I was taken to the hospital, but, was left untreated. My Aunt witnessed 2 more, but, did not report them to my Mom. My 'convulsions' went into remission.

I joined the Air Force in 1977 & 3 weeks into basic training had, what I thought, was my first adult seizure/convulsion. It was, actually, my second w/in mths. My 5 yr old daughter witnessed the first. I had suffered a head blow at the time. I was booted out of the AF after 3 weeks in the hospital. I have no clue WHY they kept me that long. But, I was released from the AF the same day my squad graduated Basic. I CRIED. They gave me a mth's supply of AED's & sent me on my way. I was so ignorant. I thought I was 'cured' when my meds ran out.

I went to work at a 'summer camp'. But, my seizures were still happening. The only witness, again, was my daughter. But, neither of us knew what to do about it. At the end of the summer I left my Daughter w/ her Dad & ran. From Tx. to Maine. When I reached my destination I went on the radio & told my story. I was taken in by a couple & given a place to live. I pretty much just 'wallowed' in grief over my situation. I returned to Tx 3 weeks later. I became a 'Nanny' for a GF. I was still not on meds & seizures still happening. Not often, though. When I woke up on GF's bathroom floor w/ blood all over me, from a gash below my eyebrow, I finally 'came out of 'denial'. I went to the County Hospital & was placed on another med. I went thru at least 5 'trial & errors' over the next 10 yrs.

In 1986, Drs tried Phenobarbitol's. Over the mths they increased my dose. Then, I realized I was PG & they decreased the amount. After my son was born, my medication was raised to 180mg. Except for a few 'breakthru' seizures over the yrs I have been 'seizure free'.

In 1993, I was tired of being 'tired' & asked for something new. I was given Felbatol. After 3 weeks I was 'energized & happy'. The med was recalled. Back to Pheno's, sleeping & a bout of deep depression. I overcame the 'deep depression' w/ phone therapy. Plus, getting, giving support/info on WebMD. I still have 'mild' depression. But, have learned to live w/ it. Again, Thanks to the good ppl/members of WebMD Epilepsy Boards & Facebook.


2007: Portable EEG Results. Continuous Wavy Line Syndrome. Seizures w/ no activity while I am asleep. Rare & Usually found in Children. So, have I had this since Childhood? Who Knows? :(

I have always believed my seizures to be 'hereditary'. My Sister, a cousin (outgrew his), me & now, my daughter. But, my daughter is the only one to be confirmed w/ 'hereditary Ep'. My Sister refused medications for over 30 yrs. Her seizures are now under control w/ diet & 'natural' hormone. 2013: Now on 'natural' estrogen. My daughter: Her seizures started as Left Temporal Lobe & have progressed. 2010: they now affect her whole brain. Changed to Lyrica. Seizure Control 2011 2013 re-added Topamax for weight control.

Sept 2010: Mom diagnosed w/ Petit Mal seizures. :( Age 79) Update: Due to Mercury Poisoning. Detoxed/Now on a healthy Diet/Juicies. 2010. Brother diagnosed w/ Hepatitis followed by 2011 Seizure activity. Pending More Info. :(

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Hello, Yes we do. Sometimes it is caused by the meds we are on. But, seizure activity...More
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No you weren't excluding anyone. But, anyone interested would need to know the...More
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