Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stress—It Does a Body Bad!

Good news! I got a call from the Neurologist office and they told me that the convulsions I was experiencing during my EEG were not caused by epileptic seizures. Unfortunately she couldn’t say much more since I’d have to wait until my doctor gets back in to discuss it further. But based on what we originally talked about at my first visit—and a little google searching—it looks like nonepileptic seizures can be caused by a lot of stress. According to epilepsy.com, nonepileptic seizures are caused by:
A specific traumatic event, such as physical or sexual abuse, incest, divorce, death of a loved one, or other great loss or sudden change...  they are a physical manifestation of a psychological disturbance...
...when a person experiences trauma such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, witness to violence, his/her body can absorb this trauma. Therefore, a seizure is the body’s way of expressing what the mind and mouth can not.
or as the Epilepsy Foundation simply puts it:

Nonepileptic seizures are one way that the body indicates excessive stress.

Hmmm... I wonder what possibly could’ve caused such traumatic, excessive stress in my life (said in a sarcastic tone). Maybe I should just refer my doctor to my blog so she could read for herself!

Another reason for nonepileptic seizures are sudden changes in brain function, such as a metabolic disturbance. Listed also was hypoglycemia, hypoatremia, cardiac arrhythmia, brain lesions, syncopal episodes, migraines and transient ischemic attacks; the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke adds that narcolepsy and Tourette syndrome are other possible causes of nonepileptic seizures.
I imagine that when I see my Neurologist I’ll be referred to a therapist. I doubt that I’ll still have the MRI since my blood work looks fine, but I’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I’m just happy to hear that I’m not losing my drivers license. Or maybe my husband is happier since he won’t have to become a taxi driver for our boys. Praise God for small blessings!


4 comments:

  1. Whew! I've been thinking about you. So now the question is, how on earth do you lower your stress level? Our family has been grappling with this question too.

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  2. I know, right? If I figure it out I’ll let you know ; )

    In the meantime my lovely father-in-law is sending me on my women's retreat for a little R&R. I’l looking forward to it.

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  3. Wow Mama Bear- I guess its no surprise that you have stress. I continue to follow your blog and am sending you positive thoughts every time I "check in on you". Please take time to take those deep breaths to stay as calm as possible. I work with people who have chronic pain and give the advice of taking moments of "mindfulness". Just stop several times in your day and become aware of the tension in your body and focus on physically releasing this tension. We cannot eliminate stress, but sometimes small steps can really help. Diaphragmatic breathing is another wonderful tool. In light of this new information, you should spend some time doing some research for yourself on ways to manage stress. I know it is cliche but "if mama ain't happy, then nobody is happy". Wishing you the best.

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    1. Thanks E, I take your advice to heart. Yes, I need to pay more attention to my body/mind and spirit. I also need to learn to say "No", I tend to take on too much stuff. My husband is currently coaching me on this. On a positive note, I took a nap after teaching my fitness class today then watched a few shows on the DVR instead of doing chores—I’m feeling so good right now!

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