Of results and ramifications

The results are in.

The EEG was “consistent with right frontal lobe epilepsy”. I’m going in for an MRI next Tuesday morning and the doctor is starting me on 500mg of Keppra. She still wants me to do the inpatient study in August, too. From what I understand, that’s the standard starting dose. I’ll pick up the pills today after work. On the one hand, it’s good to have an answer. On the other hand, I didn’t think it would be epilepsy. According to the internet, 70% of people can successfully control the seizures with medication. The frontal lobe type are less common, but still pretty darn common. It might also be connected with the migraines and that weird feeling behind my right eye when I’m stressed or about to get a migraine. I’m definitely going to ask questions when I go for the MRI and hopefully they’ll have some answers for me.

I think my boss put it best. The only difference between the Emily before the call yesterday and after the call was that I had this extra piece of information. I’ve been having these things for 6 years. The only thing that’s going to happen is my life is going to improve. The MRI will further refine the diagnosis and maybe even offer up a cause. The medication will give me some relief. Putting a name on it doesn’t make it worse, it makes it better. At least now I have some place to start. I’m going to one of the best hospitals in the country for brain and spine problems. If anyone can sort me out, they can. I have tons of support coming from all over the world. I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.


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