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I've just readed alot about epilepsy, and it is sooooo similar to what I live.
I mean there are many types of epilepsy and many types of crisis.
From what I read, even an EEG could not detect all kinds of it.
You guys should have a closer look at this...we never know.

I won't post any articles here or links, you just google it ;)

PS : we should have a section (could help the newcomers) that list all the disease and problems that might cause DP/DR.
Those should be ruled out before entering the realm of the mind.

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Somatosensory and special sensory phenomena

Olfactory and gustatory illusions and hallucinations may occur. Acharya et al found that olfactory auras are associated more commonly with temporal lobe tumors than with other causes of TLE.
Auditory hallucinations consist of a buzzing sound, a voice or voices, or muffling of ambient sounds. This type of aura is more common with neocortical TLE than with other types of TLE.

Patients may report distortions of shape, size, and distance of objects.These visual illusions are unlike the visual hallucinations associated with occipital lobe seizure in that no formed elementary visual image is noted, such as the visual image of a face that may be seen with seizures arising from the fusiform or the inferior temporal gyrus.
Things may appear shrunken (micropsia) or larger (macropsia) than usual.Tilting of structures has been reported. Vertigo has been described with seizures in the posterior superior temporal gyrus.
Psychic phenomena
Patients may have a feeling of d?j? vu or jamais vu, a sense of familiarity or unfamiliarity, respectively.Patients may experience depersonalization (ie, feeling of detachment from oneself) or derealization (ie, surroundings appear unreal).
Fear or anxiety usually is associated with seizures arising from the amygdala.
Patients may describe a sense of dissociation or autoscopy, in which they report seeing their own body from outside.
Patients may continue their ongoing motor activity or react to their surroundings in a semipurposeful manner (ie, reactive automatisms). They can have repetitive stereotyped manual automatisms.

I think someone already posted this article before, better twice than none !

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Dear Inflammed,
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy has been discussed here before. There may be a link to the Epilepsy foundation in the Links section.

The thing is, if one has a decent psychiatrist, or even a General Practitioner, TLE can be ruled out fairly simply.

A friend of mine (her hubby actually) has everything from "absense" seizures to grand mal that came on when he was forty.

The thing with his TLE is, you'll be in the middle of a conversation with him and suddenly he sort of stares off into space. He might make some movements with his jaw, or smack his lips. There are some involuntary movements.

He comes out of it as though nothing has happened.

This of course varies with each individual, but I'd guess that 98% here on the board do not have TLE. It is something to rule out with a neurologist, but it has many more symptoms than the perceptual distortions noted.

This guy crashed the car once when he "checked out" for about 2 minutes. Fortunately he works on a farm and it doesn't matter if he drives a tractor into a cow, LOL. Nearly did that as well. His wife is worried about him endlessly, but there's not much they can do. He changes meds every so often. They can't find a cause.

TLE and mental illness have been confused, both ways, i.e. someone with TLE can be misdiagnosed with a mental illness.

Plug in "Fits, Faints, and Funny Turns" into Google. You'll see the overlap.

But most of us here are suffering strictly from DP/DR not TLE.

For peace of mind, you can always go to a neurologist and be observed among other things.

I'll see if there's a link. Andy used to have it on the old board.

But, yes, those with TLE HAVE DP/DR symptoms. But that doesn't mean that having the symptoms means you have TLE.

D 8)
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