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Am I experiencing seizures?

By Anonymous August 5, 2013 - 1:56pm
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Hi there. I am 23 years old and for the past year now have been experiencing symptoms that I can not begin to describe, but I will try. Lol. I have moments every day where I litally just go fade out briefly for a few seconds and I just feel so scared and like everything just slows down and I feel like I am literally dreaming. After that I sometimes get nausea and feel so out of it and different for the rest of the day. It will sometimes happen several times but usually just once. But anywho I went to the neurologist who ran two sets of eegs, one ambulatory and one in the office where I was awake. But my neurologist never gave me a clear answer

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Oh ok I get it now. Wel thank you for clearing that up for me. :) I guess ill just have to wait til my next appointment. Just wish he would have explained that to me instead of saying they looked weird lol. But I do appreciate your time. Thanks maryanne!

August 6, 2013 - 5:23pm

Hello Anonymous.

Brain waves are the tiny pulses of the electrical activity that are produced as the neurons communicate with each other. There are several different types of brain waves. Traditionally, they fall into four types and are measured in cycles per second referred to as Hertz or Hz for short. Our overall brain activity is a mix of all the frequencies at the same time, some in greater quantities and strength than others.

Delta waves are the slowest and occur during sleep. Beta waves are the fastest and occur when we are actively thinking and problem solving.

That being said, interpreting the results of an EEG is more than just the presence of slow and fast brain waves but if there are abnormalities. One
example of an abnormal EEG is the two sides of the brain show different patterns of electrical activity.

I hope that I have communicated that there is no simple answer to your question if slow brain waves are a symptom of seizures.


August 6, 2013 - 5:11pm
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Sorry my phone cut me off but my neurologist just said that they were abnirmal, one had extremly slow waves and the other had fast ones but just looked "weird". So im not sure what to think. He did put me on tegretol if it is seizures but im just worried to take it because I dont want to feel any more out of it than I already do. Ive noticed that these episodes happen more when talking to people or at work. But its gotten so bad that I dont want to drive. But the other thing is, is that after an episode somtimes I remember what just happened but in the moment I dont have control and after I feel so drowsy and its hard to walk because I feel dizzy and vertigo. But any insight if my abnormal eegs mean seizures? My.doctor makes no sense whenever I see him he just throws prescriptions my way

August 5, 2013 - 2:07pm
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Hello Anonymous,

It is apparent that you are not getting a clear understanding of your health condition from your neurologist. Unfortunately, he is the person who can explain what is going on. He is a trained physician in the specialty field of neurology and has the results of the EEG. None of us at EmpowHER or any member have these two important factors.

I can only suggest that you persist ,ask your questions and not leave his office until you completely understand what is going on. Or you can always get a second opinion from another neurologist.


August 5, 2013 - 4:52pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you so much for the reply! Yeah I am going to get a second opinion. Ive just read about seizures and im not sure if my symptoms match seizures or not. But I appreciate the fast reply. and I wanted to ask if slow brain waves be a symptom of seizures? Or is it typically just the spikes?

August 5, 2013 - 5:11pm
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