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Pregnant and a seizure?
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hphilips posted:
Hi everyone... I have grand mal seizures occasionally. I had one yesterday, my third one since January. (That is a lot for me.) My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant. A few days ago I started having brownish/pinkish discharge. At the time I wasn't planned to start my period for another week, and I usually have very regular periods. Looking up that symptom, I noticed that this is a common symptom ladies have when they are pregnant. Yesterday I had a pretty bad seizure- my seizures, when they occur, happen when I am on my period or maybe the day before. Today I am having heavier brown discharge and cramping, similar cramps you would have when on your period. I am not supposed to start until Monday.

I have narrowed it down to three options. 1. I was never pregnant and am having an irregular period (which doesn't happen often, but possible I suppose). 2. I was pregnant and now the baby is gone because I had the seizure. 3. I'm pregnant.

Does anyone have any insight, ideas, or similar stories? Thanks!!
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dancer86442 responded:
Hello hphilips,


Welcome to our Community AKA Epland. Thank You for joining us. Go see your OB/GYN Immediately. If not possible, Go to the ER!


Your seizures are known as Catamenial Seizures. Seizures caused by Hormone fluctuations. More Info in our Resources.


I miscarried once after I was diagnosed. I guess symptoms would vary depending on how far along you were. I was at least 2-3 mths along.


Next,, go see your neuro and let him/her know that your seizures aren't controlled & you need either a higher dose of the med you are on or a New med. Discuss Catamenial Seizures w/ your Neuro. He may want to place you on natural progesterone or Hormone therapy. My Sis & daughter both have Catamenial seizures. Sis is on Natural Hormones & Modified Atkins Diet & has control after 50 yrs of No Treatments. Daughters' started at 27 & it took her Drs 10 yrs to determine the type of seizure she had. She is on Lyrica now & has control. But, keep in mind: What works for one may not work for another. It is all 'trial & error'. Never give up though.


BTW: My miscarriage was, according to the doc who examined me, due to Rare Blood Type. Not a seizure. They gave me a shot of something & 3 mths later I was PG. But, Drs had, also, started me on my 6th med w/in 10 yrs. & my seizures remained controlled thru out my PG. I have been seizure free on the same med for over 25 yrs now.


Educate yourself about all aspects of Epilepsy. And, Please, Keep us posted. Know I care. Hugs!


Love Candi
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