Torey - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
* 70 percent of people with epilepsy can be expected to enter remission, defined as 5 or more years seizure free on medication.
* 35 percent of people with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, or other neurological condition will enter remission.
* 75 percent of people who are seizure free on medication for 2 to 5 years can be successfully withdrawn from medication.
* 10 percent of new patients fail to gain control of seizures despite optimal medical management.
75 percent of people who are seizure free on medication for 2 to 5 years can be successfully withdrawn from medication.
Really? If this is so true than why have I not heard of any child having not going into remission and still on medication. When we first met with the doctors they all gave hope of after 2 years of medication that my daughter would outgrow epilepsy and she would be fine. They said same 75% of kids outgrow their seizures.
I'm looking for some hope. My three year old has been on Depakote for over a year and half. One doctor wants to keep her on for 2 more years because of abnormal EEG. Another doc says we can take her off now but we will only have a 50% chance of remission or 50% chance of never having a seizure again. I don't know what long term risk I am taking with her life and need some parents who have had this experience.
So, MY QUESTION: HAS A CHILD REALLY BEEN TAKEN OFF MEDICATION AND NEVER HAD A SEIZURE AGAIN??