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#1 of 5 Old 05-17-2010, 10:10 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been doing some research trying to help my sister who has a 2 yr old son who has now had 7 seizures. He has been to a neuro and they did a cat scan said all was normal, said it was ferbile seizures and put him on an anti-seizure medication which hasn't stopped the seizures, but the problem is ferbile seizures are caused by high fevers and he gets these seizures without fever, she has told the drs this but they don't seem to be listening to her. I have read that diabetes can cause a seizure, so I told her to bring him to be checked for this. My question is if it is from diabetes would that be why the seizure meds don't stop the seizures? I can't believe that these drs seem to be so unconcerned that he keeps having them. His doseage was upped a few months ago and it hasn't stopped them. Have any of you had a similar situaton? Or anyone with a diabetic child, what made you get them checked for diabetes?
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People can have a seizure disorder with no underlying cause. Its not that uncommon, and often children will outgrow the disorder around age 16.

Its very unlikely that his seizures are related to diabetes in the absence of any other symptoms of diabetes.

Whatever the cause of the seizures, anti-seizure medication works the same. It doesn't work less well for seizures caused by diabetes vs. primary seizure disorder. Oftentimes its a matter of adjusting medications and dosages until you find the right combo that works.

She should keep a written record of the seizures and present this info to the doctor. Include date, time of day, length of seizure, what it looked like, and how he acted after the seizure, and record his temperature. How long does he go without having a seizure? Are they clustered, or spread out fairly evenly over months?

Its also possible that they really are febrile seizures - the febrile seizure occurs when the temperature takes a rapid spike. A fever could spike, cause a seizure, then drop to normal temperature in a short period of time; she might not even catch that he had a fever. Although usually fevers last long enough that you can tell he has a fever. But sometimes not.

The odds are great that they are febrile seizures or a childhood seizure disorder and NOT the result of some underlying cause. Because this is so strongly the most likely situation, most doctors won't do much more than a CT scan in the absence of any other symptoms.

Good luck. I imagine this is very frustrating and scary! But he's really probably very much okay.
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It's also possible for vaccines to cause seizures. If that's the case, classical homeopathy can be very helpful. But this level of damage needs to be handled by a qualified classical homeopath.

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It's also possible for vaccines to cause seizures. If that's the case, classical homeopathy can be very helpful. But this level of damage needs to be handled by a qualified classical homeopath.

Jane
This. Exactly.
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My husband had unexplained seizures as a child, too and they put him on phenobarbital (but he still had them). I believe they were from vaccines, as his family has a history of vaccine reactions.
The other thing I have run into is that there is a gluten/seizure connection and some people's seizures stop after going gluten free.

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