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Unread 01-23-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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I will have an EEG next week and I am not exactly sure what to expect. I have to stay up really late and wake up really early for some reason. What will they check for? How is this working? I have no clue! Would love get some infos about it!
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Unread 01-24-2013, 12:08 AM   #2
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Hi,

I've had 3 EEG's performed on me, so I think I could answer your question.

First of all, they want you to be sleep deprived because the test will be more accurate that way. The purpose of an EEG is to check for abnormal brain waves, such as seizure activity. Make sure you don't have any gel, mousse or hairspray in your hair. They will put some kind of gel on different spots of your head and attach wires to it. Your eyes will be closed for most of the test, they'll flash a strobe light in your face at different speeds (this is to check for photosensitive epilepsy), and they may ask you to hyperventilate yourself by breathing in and out really fast.

The test will be approximately 30-45 min.

Hope this helps.

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What happened: I was randomly assaulted from behind in June of 2011. I was knocked unconscious for an unknown amount of time (less than 30 minutes) and have no memory of the event. CT scan showed contusion and hematoma of the left frontal lobe. I spent 3 days in the hospital. Diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome in September 2011. Currently have Medicaid and SSI.

Current symptoms: Brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, memory issues, confusion, problems with spontaneity, sensitive to loud noises, trouble thinking, problems with producing speech, spacing out, word finding difficulties, tinnitus in both ears, random tingling in different parts of my head and many other things that I can't explain. I'm very easily overloaded which makes it nearly impossible to watch TV or use the computer.

Slowly but surely regaining my life back.
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Lui,

An EEG is no big deal. I have had 5 over the years. Shampoo your hair the morning of the test and do not use a hair conditioner. It will make it easier to get good connections. The electrodes are held against your scalp with springs that push the lead against a spot of conducting gel.

Expect to be tired after the test, especially if it is a sleep deprived EEG with a sleep segment where they watch how your brain waves behave as you fall asleep. I doubt it will show anything abnormal. I was having seizure activity when I was your age but the EEG did not show any evidence of seizure activity.

Don't worry. You will do fine.

My best to you.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Thanks or answering!
So I do have to fall asleep when they connect me to all the wires?

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Lui,

An EEG is no big deal. I have had 5 over the years. Shampoo your hair the morning of the test and do not use a hair conditioner. It will make it easier to get good connections. The electrodes are held against your scalp with springs that push the lead against a spot of conducting gel.

Expect to be tired after the test, especially if it is a sleep deprived EEG with a sleep segment where they watch how your brain waves behave as you fall asleep. I doubt it will show anything abnormal. I was having seizure activity when I was your age but the EEG did not show any evidence of seizure activity.

Don't worry. You will do fine.

My best to you.
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It's not a requirement for you to fall asleep but it's OK if you do.

Here's an article you can read for more info:
http://epilepsy.med.nyu.edu/diagnosi...eg/routine-eeg

That should answer any further questions you might have.

Good luck!

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What happened: I was randomly assaulted from behind in June of 2011. I was knocked unconscious for an unknown amount of time (less than 30 minutes) and have no memory of the event. CT scan showed contusion and hematoma of the left frontal lobe. I spent 3 days in the hospital. Diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome in September 2011. Currently have Medicaid and SSI.

Current symptoms: Brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, memory issues, confusion, problems with spontaneity, sensitive to loud noises, trouble thinking, problems with producing speech, spacing out, word finding difficulties, tinnitus in both ears, random tingling in different parts of my head and many other things that I can't explain. I'm very easily overloaded which makes it nearly impossible to watch TV or use the computer.

Slowly but surely regaining my life back.
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