Cubbie Swagger wrote:I am not saying it was the antibiotic on it's own. I thought I was pretty clear that my diet and extreme workout routine were just as much to blame. The fact that I would have seizures after exerting myself physically was surely not a coincidence.
Or it WAS a coincidence.
My confirmation bias consists of this: I got better when I improved my diet and quit the antibiotic.
Or it was coincidental timing. Or due to something else. Or due to only one of the,
I'm not saying I have it all figured out. It was some combination of those 2 things.
There is no test that I'm aware of that can determine what toll a past medication took on me.
Depends on the medication or the damage. If the acne medication actually "drained your immune system," it's likely you didn't leap from freakishly healthy to having violent, epileptic seizures with nothing in between. If your immune system was compromised, you likely would have had a history of illnesses and weakness and the like, and ultimately a compromised immune system likely doesn't manifest itself via epileptic seizures since you don't "catch" epilepsy. If we're looking for lifestyle causes, the horrendous diet and physical exertion are the most likely causes and something became out of whack or imbalanced and lead to your body having seizures, a la diabetic shock. Something is missing from these stories of yours.
I think there is a misconception that doctors have all this crazy technology and they can just figure stuff out magically. Really, it's more like:
No, the idea is that they're far better trained and knowledgeable to deal with medical issues than me or you or your hippie friends. That you figure they're basically just guessing or dicking around and then speak so definitive about how you know what caused what is pretty hilarious. Obviously, doctors can be wrong, but you're making it sound like multiple medical practitioners completely horsefeathers up in figuring out what was/is wrong with you.
See above: it makes no sense nobody asked about this or knew about it or thought to have you stop taking it. "What medications are you taking" has basically kicked off every type of doctor's visit I've had, and I couldn't even count how many times I've been told to stop taking something, or had a dosage changed, or told to take it at different times. And, again, compromising your immune system isn't just going to give you epilepsy. If you were one of the rare people to have auto-immune issues because of this drug, that's likely going to manifest itself differently, plus it's a KNOWN SIDE EFFECT. Drug complications are usually (and fortunately) easy fixes, yet supposedly all of these people missed that or willfully ignored it?
The hospital staff told me that I would most likely need to be on medication for the rest of my life, and they briefed me on living with epilepsy as far as safety, like I said. The follow-up appointment was recommended when I was first discharged, and then yes, I decided to take them up on their offer, since I was still having issues. I'm not sure why that is unclear. I called and said, "hey, yeah, let's do that".
Trying medications in and of itself wasn't the issue. The issue is that they told me there was no other treatment. I was not willing, at 21 years old, to accept this fate. Continuing on pills and allowing them to monitor me continuously would have resulted in me not being able to drive, drink, or exercise, like I said. If worst came to worst, of course the pills were my backup plan. But, I just simply wasn't ready to give up.
Dietary care and changes is one of the most common ways to help treat or manage epilepsy (specifically ketogenic diets, which is one of the oldest known treatments for epilepsy). Medication isn't a primary way to treat, but not the only way, yet once again, we somehow have you inexplicably encountering multiple medical professionals who only want to stuff you full of pills and, bizarrely, do not want to try anything else. They mentioned NONE of this to you?http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/epi ... tment-care
And hell, if it ended up being that medication was the only option, so what? You make it sound like a death sentence.
It's not taking the quick fix that is the problem. It's sticking with it. People take the quick fix, and that's the only thing they do. They make no lifestyle changes, and just settle for a pill. I completely understand using a medication as a little bit of a jump-start or whatever to help you make changes.
Sticking with medications isn't inherently a bad thing; you're talking like everything can be cured or managed sans medication as long as people are willing to look or try, and that's just complete nonsense. Some conditions require medication, and all the exercise and special diets or "natural" cures won't do a damn thing.
I actually had another overnight EEG done a few years ago when I had a sleep study done. I told them about my seizure history, so they were paying close attention to the EEG for any sort of abnormalities. There were none. They told me I was 100% seizure-free.
Glad to hear it, but that's still just a test for the seizures themselves; it sounds like nobody got to the bottom of what was causing the seizures, and ultimately they easily could have just manifestations at the time of an underlying issue that wasn't treated. I'd hope you've had significant lab work since then.
The doctors in the hospital never once asked me about my diet. When you're a kid, nobody really lectures you on the dangers of fast food. It's pretty normal for high school and college kids to eat everything in sight, and obviously most of them aren't experiencing seizures. We did discuss my workout habits in detail, and they said repeatedly that working out by itself couldn't be to blame, and that there has to be more going on.
Again, this makes no sense; diet can easily play a GIGANTIC factor in how your body is reacting, be it allergies, or how it reacts with medications, or chemical imbalances or things like diabetes and so on. That nobody asked you about your diet seems unlikely.