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20 Feb 2004

Please help, having fits
Dear Doc,

Hope you could help me diagnose this as I am quite concerned about my condition. On Wednesday at work, after arriving feeling healthy I started to get violent shakes, starting with my fingers, workings it's way up until my entire body was shaking so much that I fell on the floor/ This was the last thing I remembered until I came to and my colleagues told me I had a fit. I have subsequently been examined by a doctor and had a EEG done to determine whether the fit might be epileptic. However the result showed that there was no brain disturbance and therefore epilepsy was ruled out. Whilst at the doctor's room I had another attack and again tonight (Friday). I have also been suffering with a feeling similar than that of concussion, for the past couple of months. When I touch my
temples it hurts really badly. In addition, and I am not sure if this is at all relevant, I have been under a lot of emotional strain specially on the work front. Another issue, which might need a mention, and which seems unrelated, but for some reason I believe might be related. I had a root canal treatment done and the metal used in the root canal came loose and fell out, I pushed it back in myself and the metal is still stuck inside my tooth.
I thought I might rather give too much information (even if not related) to help with the diagnosis as I am really scared about what the cause of this might be.
Thank you for a wonderful service to the public.


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01 Jan 0001

Suzie, what did the doctor say when you had the fit in his surgery? He surely should have made a diagnosis then. From this side of the screen it definitely sounds like epilepsy, but apparently it isn’t. It might e due to increased intracranial pressure, but then one would expect at least a depressed consciousness or other neurological signs. If it were due to emotional stress one would expect some sort of trigger before hand. In theory it might be due to severe electrolyte disturbances or drugs that you’re taking, but they should have picked that up when they did the blood tests. Maybe the best would be to get a second opinion from a different neurologist as I can’t be of much help from this side of the screen without being able to examine you first. Good luck.
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