Treating My Epilepsy: Taking Advantage of Clinical Trials


Kelly O'Brien

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Epilepsy_Kelly O patient story

It starts with a bad headache and a wave of nausea. I feel like I’m going to throw up, but never actually do. If someone is around me, I’ll ask them to say or do something to distract me. Sometimes, it works. Other times, it doesn’t, and I lose all awareness of what’s going on around me and I’m having a seizure.   

My seizures aren’t the full-body convulsions you see in movies. I usually go silent, and stare off into space for a few seconds. Other times, I’ll be talking, but what I’m saying doesn’t make any sense. I basically lose consciousness for the duration of the seizure, though to those around me, I seem wide awake. After 30 to 60 seconds, it’s over.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures—but it can affect everyone in different ways. Do you know the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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