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    Due to the fact I have had 4 seizures in the last 4 years, my doctor has now put me on an anti seizure medicine called Keppra. The first week on this has sucked because it makes you dizzy and drowsy until your body adjusts.

    The doctor isn’t sure why I have had these seizures but 2 have occurred post training and last Sunday I was taken out of the gym on a stretcher…good times.

    I was wondering if anyone else has had issues like this or any other insights or experiences.
    Thanks!

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    Off the top of my head, the only connection that seems to make sense for me is that seizure is a massive, disorganized neural discharge. Training is a neurally taxing activity. Once the threshold of a MUn (motor unit) has been reached and the MU activated, it enters a refractory period in which the threshold for recruitment lowers temporarily.
    It's a stretch, and I certainly don't know neural physiology well enough o determine just how likely a relationship could be but it seems reasonable. In the post training window, your threshold for seizure is lower due to the effect of training.
    But like i said, that's an inference of a relationship, not necessarily a causal one, based on very limited knowledge.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by dice77 View Post
      Due to the fact I have had 4 seizures in the last 4 years, my doctor has now put me on an anti seizure medicine called Keppra. The first week on this has sucked because it makes you dizzy and drowsy until your body adjusts.

      The doctor isn’t sure why I have had these seizures but 2 have occurred post training and last Sunday I was taken out of the gym on a stretcher…good times.

      I was wondering if anyone else has had issues like this or any other insights or experiences.
      Thanks!

      Sorry to hear about your recurrent seizures.

      I don't have any experience with this issue, but came across this quote from a manuscript (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...118.x/abstract):

      The mechanisms of interaction between physcial exercise
      and epilepsy are mostly unknown. Some physiological
      changes associated with exercise may inhibit
      seizures, e.g., general brain arousal (1 l), increase in cerebral
      P-endorphins (12,13), dehydration, and a slight
      metabolic acidosis (especially in anaerobic exercise) (6),
      and some may be seizure-inducing, e.g., hypoglycemia,
      hyperthermia, and stress, with ensuing release of catecholamines
      and, in some instances, hyperventilation
      (14,15).


      There are a few discussions regarding epilepsy and exercise on some epilepsy forms which may be higher yield for finding individuals dealing with these issues:
      https://www.epilepsy.com/node/979431
      http://www.coping-with-epilepsy.com/...training-1413/

      How long have you been on the Keppra and how many seizures have you had since starting it?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Just Observing View Post
        Sorry to hear about your recurrent seizures.

        I don't have any experience with this issue, but came across this quote from a manuscript (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...118.x/abstract):

        The mechanisms of interaction between physcial exercise
        and epilepsy are mostly unknown. Some physiological
        changes associated with exercise may inhibit
        seizures, e.g., general brain arousal (1 l), increase in cerebral
        P-endorphins (12,13), dehydration, and a slight
        metabolic acidosis (especially in anaerobic exercise) (6),
        and some may be seizure-inducing, e.g., hypoglycemia,
        hyperthermia, and stress, with ensuing release of catecholamines
        and, in some instances, hyperventilation
        (14,15).


        There are a few discussions regarding epilepsy and exercise on some epilepsy forms which may be higher yield for finding individuals dealing with these issues:
        https://www.epilepsy.com/node/979431
        http://www.coping-with-epilepsy.com/...training-1413/

        How long have you been on the Keppra and how many seizures have you had since starting it?
        Thank you and I appreciate the literature.

        Dehydration (even slight) is VERY suspect as a trigger.

        I have only been on the Keppra for a week. No seizures since starting it last Sunday.

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        • #5
          Sounds like you have some ideas of thing to avoid and that there is some optimism that the Keppra is working.

          All the best with this.

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