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    Angry Loss of consciousness for several hours

    My sister is experiencing episodes of sudden extreme sharp pain starting in the back of the neck and quickly shooting to the rest of the head, and within 5-10 minutes will lose all consciousness, completely unresponsive for several hours. During these several hours, a lot of twitching takes place mostly with the hands and feet but also the rest of the body as well. After 2-3 hours of this, she then slowly starts to wake up (takes about 20 minutes) and then she is back to normal. She has had the following tests done:.

    MRI - Normal
    CT Scan - Normal
    CT Scan with contrast - Normal
    Spinal Tap - Normal
    EKG - Normal
    EEG (twice) - Normal
    Video EEG for 24 hours during which an episode occurred - Normal - no signs of epilepsy or seizures
    Ultra Sound - Normal
    X-Rays - Normal
    Blood Tests - Normal
    Blood Clots - Normal
    EMG - Slight inflammation of the peripheral nerve in both palms

    No diagnosis has been given to this date. It has been going on for 8 weeks with no answers. Episodes occur at least every other day, and at times back to back days. No trigger can be identified. She has extreme sharp pain in both arms and both upper portions of her legs. She gets tired really quick. Lack of energy and extreme fatigue.
    We are extremely frustrated as we have not been able to get any answers and been knocking on doors of at least over 12 neurologists, and still no diagnosis. Unable to stop the episodes. Has anyone heard of such a thing or at least can lead us into the right direction. We keep hitting road blocks and confused on which direction to go. We have been back and forth to UCLA where a panel of 5 neurologists rear her 24 hour video EEG during which the episode occurred and they keep telling us that the cause of her situation is stress. It seems like whenever a situation is not understood, they blame it on stress. I don't buy it, seeking help.

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    Welcome to BrainTalk!

    I'm so sorry that your sister is having these episodes, and that no cause can be determined for them. I can't think of any other tests, which might give a clue, as her list is pretty extensive. And UCLA is one of the best neurology centers in the country, with top notch neuros.

    I'm not sure whether seizures can occur during an EEG and not show up on the readout. But, certainly 5 UCLA neuros would know.

    Is your sister under a lot of stress? Does she have extraordinary stress in her life currently?

    How about pursuing other options? A chiropractor? A naturopath? An acupuncturist? Reiki? Healing Hands Therapy? There is a Chinese practitioner in Santa Monica, who does "face mapping:"

    It may sound odd, but I have several friends, including one with cancer, who are choosing natural alternatives to western medicine with success.

    Another thought ~ is your sister taking any medication, which might have side effects matching her symptoms? Is she taking any herbal remedies? Has she been tested for allergies?

    A couple of years ago, my husband and I tried new senior multi vitamins. He was fine. My feet swelled, and I could barely hobble. It never occurred to me it might be the vitamins, which I continued taking. I thought, at my age, I had some neurologic issue going on, or something associated with my RA. I stopped taking the vitamins, when we replaced them with the ones we'd taken for years. The swelling in my feet instantly disappeared.

    Of course my situation was nothing as severe or dramatic as your sister's situation. I just offered it as an example of how something seemingly benign can affect a person, who has no idea that an allergy exists.

    Is it possible to correlate the onset of these episodes with the introduction of anything new in her diet, her environment, in her makeup, her personal toiletries, etc.?

    Has she traveled to a foreign country? Maybe bitten by a critter (bug/insect) or infected by poor water quality? I'm just tossing out ideas here ...

    I hope that others will see your posts and offer their experience or opinions. And I hope your sister's issues can be diagnosed and treated effectively. Not knowing what is wrong so that appropriate treatment can be determined is immensely frustrating.

    Healing energy going forth for your sister ~

    Love & Light,

    Mom to Jon, 49, (seizure disorder; Gtube; trache; colostomy; osteoporosis; hypothyroid; enlarged prostate; lymphedema, assorted mysteries) and Michael, 32, (intractable seizures; Gtube), who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003 and now resides in Heaven. Our Angel Jon lives at home with me and Jim, the world's most wonderful Dad.

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