seizures after so long
I was diagnosed with epilepsy back in 1997 when I was 24, after I had had a grand mal seizure on New Years Eve and another four months later. On both occasions I remember they were near the start of my period and the day had been stressful and I had not eaten yet (both around 6.30pm). I was put on Tegretol tablets 800mg per day. Before the grand mal seizures I had experienced left arm twitching for at least a year and in-line with my periods starting after a stressful time in my life. The twitches continued after medication but the grand mal seizures stopped. FF to 2001 when I my meds were reduced as I planned pregnancy. I have had 2 children and during the pregnancy all symptoms of twitching disappeared only to return after breast feeding stopped. My medication levels were never increased and I learned to live with the twitching but then 2 months ago I had a grand mal seizure at work. I have a coil so I am not sure of my cycle but I am 43. My Tegretol has been increased to 1000mr per day, but I have since had another grand mal seizure and many other symptoms, burning feeling in cheeks, heart pounding (particularly at night) pins and needles sensations in left hand and fingers, something like electrical wave through my cheeks and numbness in mouth and tongue, unable to recall words and general feeling of anxiety. I am still going through blood test and waiting to see a neurologist again, but when I saw some of the comments here, could I be peri-menopausal, is this why this is happening to me now? Your comments would really help.