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  •  minor mals (5+ / 0-)

    I have those also but mine are basically a stare. I cant blink or quit staring for 30 seconds or so.

    •  I used to do that all the time (5+ / 0-)

      and it turns out that it is a symptom of Graves Disease, a hyperthyroid disorder that is autoimmune in nature.  If this is your only symptom, get your thyroid checked!

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      by Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 11:43:06 PM PDT

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      •  Shawn Kemp's kid (3+ / 0-)
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        form NBA player Shawn Kemp has a number of children.  One of his kids plays for the U. Washington Huskies.  He was recently diagnosed with Graves disease, and is now getting  much better.  


        by otto on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 05:33:14 AM PDT

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      •  I also (3+ / 0-)
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        Have had 10 grand mals as stated lower down on the page. I was 17 months old when we were in a car wreck and my head hit the windshield. I had massive brain damage(motor part). I was expected to be mentality impared  That was 62 years ago and I always have the comfort of knowing what I was slated for. Having 10 grand mals , taking 500 mils per day of Dilantin, being uninsureable, and laking being corronated- are a small price to pay for being a functioning human being.

        •  500 mils of Dilantin is a lot ! (4+ / 0-)
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          But if it works, it is worth the trouble for sure.

          I was on 400 mils for about 10 years and had lots of side effects including almost constantly bleeding gums, I used to literally carry a bottle of Listerine so I could avoid mouth infections. Not everyone gets that, but it's common enough with high dosage.

          But yeah, it's great to be alive and cheat fate, right?

          Wishing you a long and happy life, and hope you can get insurance now, being an epileptic means paying lots of medical bills out of pocket, that is for certain.

          No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

          by koNko on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:33:15 AM PDT

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