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Is there such a thing as just a seizure-disorder or epilepsy
ewolfe314 posted:
Just as the title says. I have been on Meds for seizure disorder for many a years and not once have I heard Epilepsy from any of my Dr.'s.. Now all the meds that I am taking are Epilepsy drug related.

First dilantin and phenobarbital for exactly 22 years and now Keppra(generic) and phenobarbital for the past 4 to 5 months.

Is there a difference in seizure disorders and Epilepsy?

Whenever I go to my nuero Dr. he says that I have seizure disorders due to the brain surgery that I had. Never has anyone of them mentioned Epilepsy,not even the nuero surgeon back in 1988. Just curious..

dancer86442 responded:
Hi John,

Maybe the reason your DR says Seizure Disorder, is cuz the CDC changed so much terminology.

But, yes, seems to me there Used to be a difference. A seizure disorder was caused by things Not associated w/ the brain (ie:drug/alcohol abuse, w/drawl, etc) Epilepsy was if you had more then 2 seizures.

Now, Some DRS say it's Seizure Disorder w/ either Generalized (alcohol/drug, etc) or Idiopathic (genetic to Cause unknown) Why they changed the Terms. Someone felt Epilepsy was a Label that included All seizures. (I think) I know I read about it on the CDC site. :( But, it sure can be confusing. Cuz, 1 DR Will say Epilepsy, another Seizure Disorder. Guess it depends on what they were 'taught'. :(

And John, the meds you are on are to prevent further seizures. No matter what the 'cause'. And Pheno's Have been used for other symptoms/disorders. Anxiety, for one. :) I was watching a show the other nite, where a DR offered another DR 16mg, of Pheno's, cuz, the guy was 'sooo Upset'. :)

Maybe the CDC site can answer your question Better then I did. :)

Love Candi

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