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I had a GTC in highschool. Doctors told me teenage girls

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I had a GTC in highschool. Doctors told me teenage girls under stress can have seizures. I was taking wellbutrin(if i even spelled that correctly) an anti-depression pill. It was a high dose prescription. So they also thought it was due to the fact that since I skipped a dose one day, i took two the next day so that i wouldn't crash and become really depressed. I was taken into the hospital and I was hooked up to an EEG. They noticed postictal slowing so the neurologist decided to put me on Lamictal 3x a day. Since then i had noticed waking up in random areas on my parents garage floor. (This all happened almost 10 years ago.) I decided to see the neurologist about the fact that nothing was ever found to prove why these seizures happened so I was taken off lamictal because docs never found a problem with CT or MRI. I am now 27 and experience R leg stabbing jerks. I take ambian for sleep but i started having rhythmic twitching around my R knee which came and gone. My PCP said that i wouldnt be able to get an EMG for at least 4-5 months due to my insurance which has recently changed. Now i feel like im getting these R leg twitches but then will almost fall asleep and then suddenly wake up with my arms and legs extended and stiffen. Its happened at the most 5-6 times a night. Im wondering if there is something really wrong. There are times i lose control of my legs and drop but i remember everything that happened. Can you possibly tell me if i should be worried and what needs to be done if it's abnormal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  DrRussMd replied 1 year ago.


This sounds like seizures as far as waking up on the floor.

The twitches can be warnings.

You need to go back to a neurologist at this point.

You need a repeat EEG.

Medication should never have been stopped without at least a year of normal EEG activity.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Waking up on the floor occured right after the GTC in highschool and being put on lamictal. This evwnt occured when I was 16. Now im 27 and have PLMs in the R knee and now suddenly waking with the stiffness. Almost like a dream when falling but its like i wake up by my whole body stiffening. It doeant happen every night but it definitely worries me due to the GTC on the past
Expert:  DrRussMd replied 1 year ago.

Same answer.

You need the EEG.

A sleep deprived EEG would be ideal, it has a better yield on abnormal activity.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I work in EEG so thats why im concerned. I se status, TBIs, absence, myoclonic jerks/ epilepsy etc... My neurologist from back then moved away but if he should have made sure the EEG was normal before thinking of changing meds is this a big problem as far as this neurologist?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  DrRussMd replied 1 year ago.

I can not comment on your care your your doctors.

I do not work with them.

I am simply stating that the standard of care is to make sure you don't have seizure activity first.

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