June 10, 2010 at 4:42 am #761
My brother has epilepsy and was hospitalized for having hallucinations. Without going into all of the details, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about such a thing happening. He is also an alcoholic. Our first thought was that he was hallucinating because of the alcohol, but someone (not a medical person) mentioned to me that people with epilepsy can have "epileptic hallucinations". I found some info via the Internet, but was curious if anyone knows of such a thing.June 14, 2010 at 1:22 am #13613
I was really hoping that someone on here might know something about this topic and share their experience with me. Anyone?June 14, 2010 at 2:31 am #1361453tdogsParticipant
have you tried WebMD or some kind of medical web site like that? Also, not sure what the name is but there is some kind of 800 number for nurse practicioners (sp), that can answer medical questions like that (at least here on the left coast there is) – perhaps 411 information has something like that in your area?June 14, 2010 at 2:55 am #13615DeeLanParticipant
Do a search for "temporal lobe epilepsy hallucination" These may be sight, sound or smells as well as just sensations. Here’s one link from epilepsy.com http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/epilepsy_temporallobe
Here’s an excerpt from Epilepsy Handbook http://www.epilepsy.dk/Handbook/Mental-complications-uk.asp
People with temporal lobe epilepsy, more often than others, may develop a mental condition which resembles schizophrenia. This manifests itself most often when the person has had complex partial seizures with convulsions for about 15 years. The person gets the feeling that they are being persecuted and develops hallucinations. Their emotional contact with other people, however, is always much better than in cases of true schizophrenia.
The course of this mental illness is also much better than in the case of schizophrenia, as it often seems to cure up by itself. If this does not happen, treatment with psychopharmacological drugs may be needed, in addition to the anti-epileptic treatment.
My brother-in-law has epilepsy and has had violent siezures in the 100’s each day. He’s had brain surgery for them which helped for a while but he’s starting to have siezures again. He says he can tell when one is coming on so he probably has an aura or feeling but don’t know if he has hallucinations or not.June 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm #13677
Thank you so much for your info.
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