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My mum is on Epilon (sp?) and has had several seizures over the last few years. However, they are infrequent. Just because your mum has had one doesn't necessarily mean they wil be a frequent occurrence. Her notes at the nursing home now state that she has epilepsy but I think the seizures are more likely to be connected to her dementia as they never happened prior to it.katherine said:My mum had a seizure today. She's now 60 and was diagnosed with alzheimers 4 years ago. It was very frightening. Does anyone know if there can be a link between alzheimers and fits? It's the first time this has happened....
My mother is on anti epilepsy medication but unfortunately does still have seizures sometimes. She has had 3 over the last 2 days and is not back to normal yet. Today she was behaving very aggressively which is most unlike her and was very distressing. The last time she had seizures was several weeks ago. It did not result in her becoming aggressive but did seem to leave her extremely listless for quite some time afterwards. She had just been starting to get back to 'normal' (as normal as someone in a fairly advanced stage of dementia can be!) when she had these recent fitsjenniferpa said:You may have to be pushy about treatment for this: my mother almost died from a grand mal seizure, and they were unwilling to put her on anti-epilepsy medication until I and the carer who was talking to her at the onset of the seizure pointed this fact out: general practice is to wait until there have been a minimum of 3 episodes. Thankfully, there has not been a recurrance, or at least not one that has been seen.
Hi Jenniferjenniferpa said:Does your mother have AD, vascular or mixed? According to what I have read, the seizures casued by stroke damage tend to show up 6-9 months after the actual stroke as the lesions heal, which was almost spot on with regard to mummy. It's entirely possible that she wouldn't have had any more seizures anyway, but I wasn't prepared to let them try out that theory. I haven't seen any sign of aggression. although as she's as weak as a kitten, they wouldn't be particularly obvious.
Am very interested in the conection between seizures and any type of degenerative cognitive conditions. Anti epilepsey medications,cause potentialy severe side effects,which include memory and other cognitive problems. There are also over 40 different types of seizure, Clonic/Tonic[used to be called grand mal] to minor absence seizures, there are also `complex partial siezures` which can cause the individual to behave completly uncharicteristlcly,including verbal and physical aggression,after the seizure the individual will have no memory of the episode[they will not be incontinent]Yes, unfortunately it's not a sure fire "cure". Actually, I said seen because sometimes my mother has, like yours. a listless day(s), and we have speculated that there has been another seizure or perhaps a mini-stroke. However, it has kept away another major one since that produced a complete loss of bowel and bladder control (if she hadn't been with a carer she wouldn't have made it: she had to be resusitated). Does your mother have AD, vascular or mixed? According to what I have read, the seizures casued by stroke damage tend to show up 6-9 months after the actual stroke as the lesions heal, which was almost spot on with regard to mummy. It's entirely possible that she wouldn't have had any more seizures anyway, but I wasn't prepared to let them try out that theory. I haven't seen any sign of aggression. although as she's as weak as a kitten, they wouldn't be particularly obvious.