Epilepsy in the family

Michelle - posted on 12/04/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I am just curious as to how many people have family members with epilepsy. My father, my brother and my husbands sister all have it. Along with my daughter.

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Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2011

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My son does and his were caused by a head injury. My sister does and hers was caused by a head injury, but she may have gotten it because her dad and his side of the family had it bad. My grandpa had black outs and I think it was seizures just because of the medication her was on. It was the same med my step-dad was on which was dialantin. I think the spelling is wrong!

Milinda - posted on 01/05/2011

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I am epileptic, and this is an ongoing concern in my father's family. My father and his sister had seizures, as have three of my cousins. Two of my father's uncles also had it. Although epilepsy cannot be inherited itself, a predisposition towrd it does seem to exist. So, an injury that would not cause a person who did not have the predisposition to have seizures - such as a severe fall with a skull fracture - would cause a person who had it to have seizures.

Brenda - posted on 01/04/2011

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Hi Michelle,
My husband had seizures until the age of 9 but he grew out of them, however he did learn that his Mother also had seizures has a child as well. On my side of the family my yougest brother had about 3 seizures when he was a baby.
Our three children had seizures but the two oldest outgrew them but our youngest who is now 22 years old is severly eplipetic and will remain on medication for the reat of his life.

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I am the only one in the family who has epilepsy. I ended up with it after going into a coma while giving birth to my second daughter. Physicians say it is Encyphalitis that caused it. I think it was the fact that I would not stopp to breathe I just kept pushing. I gave birth to her naturally (no epidermal). Just wanted the pain over and kept pushing. By doing this I know I caused alot of pressure to the brain which can both cause seizures and put you into a coma.

Janine - posted on 12/13/2010

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My son only has it...only my fathers cousin had it...wondering if its hereditry or not!!!

Jolene - posted on 12/11/2010

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no one in either of my parents families have epilepsy but i some how develop it. my daughter also didnt get it.

Anri - posted on 12/10/2010

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Dorris (Donna) Please, please sent me a message, would like to find out about your story. my baby is 14 months exactly the same, the meds are decreased but the convulsions is still the same and tummy problems the whole time. the most rediculous thing I heard yesterday is the convulsions are because of the tummy.

Anri - posted on 12/10/2010

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I used meds for epilepsy until 15 years old, my baby now has it. did anyone of them outgrow it?

Vicky - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son age 6 has epilepsy and was diagnosed at 3 years old and my brother had epilepsy not diagnosed till he was 18 after a motor bike accident. Not sure which came first the epilepsy or the bike crash

Amanda - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son does (since 3 months) and my mom had it when she was about 10 until she was12.

Amy - posted on 12/08/2010

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i have it an some of my cousins an my daughter is showing signs of it apparently it runs in my mothers side of the family

Dawn - posted on 12/08/2010

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hi, my son has epilepsy, my mother had it as a child and grew out of them until she had a stroke at sixty nine which caused them to return and my nephew has epilepsy

Lisa - posted on 12/08/2010

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My daughter, then 15, suddenly had three seizures within 8 months. There was no history of epilepsy on either side of the family,and I suspect it is a result of youth soccer and other accidents beginning at10 months. Mede have kept seizures at bay and we're hoping for good news at the next 24 hr EEG in may.

Chantay - posted on 12/08/2010

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When we found out that my daughter had epilepsy, she has been the only one in our family that has had it. What a strange thing, huh?

Was told the Dr.s were seeing seizures when kids were going through puberty, had cat scan and was fine. Don't know of any family history of it on either side so it was a bit of a shock for us. My daughter has been seizure free for 2 1/2 yrs. now taking Zonegran. We have weined her off meds now and hoping and praying for the best...so far so good. :)

Lisa - posted on 12/08/2010

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No one in my family has epilepsy. My son was diagnosed in 2007 with it. He has refratory epilespy and has been on about 12 different meds. He suffers daily from seizures and side effects from all the meds he takes 5 pills in the a.m. and 7 in the p.m. Poor kid suffers with a stomach ache and headaches everyday...

Diane - posted on 12/08/2010

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My two children are the only ones in the family who have epilepsy and they different types. My daughter, 19, has been seizure free for more than five years. My son, 16, is still on depakote despite not having a seizure for nearly two years; his 48 hour eeg showed he still has a hight level of activity so must stay on meds.

Trudy - posted on 12/08/2010

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On my side of the family,my Great Aunt had severe epilepsy, my twin sister has epilepsy (although hasn't had seizures since she was a teenager), and now my two sons have it. My older son has been well controlled on medication, but my younger son is not controlled at all. He is on 4 different medications and had VNS implanted in May. We are really hoping for some improvement soon!

Kelsey - posted on 12/08/2010

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I had epilepsy, my daughter has it... my dad's cousin has it... it seems like in our family there is one person from every generation on my dad's side. There is no history of it on my mother's side.

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no one in my family has ever had a seizure that i know of..but i have a little grandaughter, who has come down with a major seizure problem. we have run back and forth to children's hospital,i don't know how many times.only to be told it takes time.in the meantime alli is rapidly declining.the dr, has had her on three or four medications at one time and none of them seems to make a difference.there certainly not helping and they may be doing some long term damage.drugs can do that.we have an appt at mayo clinic dec.27th.hopefully they can give us a diagnosis.we have yet to get an answer.

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we don't have epilepsy, but we do have a family history of Fragile X - we're currently undergoing testing to find out if that is what my youngest's seizures are from.

Chelle - posted on 12/04/2010

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My son has, my neice (my sons first cousin who is only 7 days younger than him) has it, and a cousin of my husbands had it really severely. That is all though.

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