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Unread 03-05-2010, 04:00 PM   #1
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Greetings. I'm 16 years old and since a few moths back I've been having what can only be described as gelastic seizures (meaning my limbs goes numb, more or less uncontrolled eye movement, I start to jerk my arms uncontrollably and laugh my *** off for no good reason) however I don't fit the criteria perfectly. According to what I've managed to find, gelastic seizures are caused by no apparent reason, but I know exactly what's causing it. It's almost ALWAYS music, and 90% of the time, it's Heavy Metal. I also play the flute and fast, mostly Irish pieces can cause mild seizures as well. Some classical, more epic pieces like "Carmina Burana" might work too. Generally, it's speedy, extreme and epic-sounding music with many "layers" that causes it, like the bands Cradle of filth and Finntroll, or the trigger to my biggest seizure yet, Ensiferum's song "Twilight Tavern". Now, this particular symptom doesn't actually bother me much - it's easy to avoid, usually it's not so bad I can't walk, I don't get them very often(maybe like once very other week) and to tell the truth, I actually like them. It bring the music itself to a whole new level ad I've found that drawing during one of these "seizures" is incredibly fun.

HOWEVER.

I'm also suffering from sound sensitivity. This might seem completely unrelated, but please let me explain. I'm WAY less sensitive to the music that causes the seizures. For example, Heavy Metal. I can listen to it way longer than hip hop without my ears starting to hurt. As I said before, Metal is the main trigger to my seizures, but i have never EVER sz'd while listening to hip hop. Not saying that Metal don't hurt my ears, but I'm actually less sensitive when having a seizure and I'm starting to see a pattern here. I don't know if I even have epilepsy, but if I have and it's the cause of the seizures, is it possible that it might be related to my sound sensitivity? It might just be a coincidence, but it's not completely unreasonable. Besides that, if anyone knows what kind of epilepsy I'm suffering from since I've never heard of gelastic seizures caused by music, please tell me.

I would be grateful for your thoughts, and sorry for the long rant. Thanks in advance,
Maya.
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Unread 03-05-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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Hi Maya,
I'm no neurologist but it sounds like you might be having audio seizures and that's when certain sounds can trigger a seizure for a person. If I may ask when you are playing this music or watching it are there a lot of bright flashing lights or strobe lights? If there is it could be the lights that are triggering the seizures this is known as being photosensitive to certain colors.
My advice to you is to start keeping track of any of your possible seizures by getting a calendar and write down what time of day/night you have these seizures with a discription. If you have a monthly cycle circle the date when you start and stop your period because it can be hormone related.
The best thing for you to do is to see a neurologist at an Epilepsy Center which are usually found at University Hospitals. I've gotten the most help there or you can see an Epileptologist - Dr. specializing in Epilepsy who will want to run some tests on you. I will tell you that using nutra sweet and cell phones can trigger seizures because they cause more electrical activity in the brain as well and eating to many sweets and starch foods.
The reason why your arms are jerking around is because it's a motor type of seizure causing your body to move around without control. That's the reason why you you have the eye movement also. As far as the laughing it sounds like the seizure might be starting in the Right temporal lobe since that's the area of the brain that shows emotions and the same area where music is. Try taking vitamin B12 1000 mcg. a day and see if that helps until you see a neurologist or epileptologist. Here's wishing You Well and May God Bless You!

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hi i too have seizures from sound. Mostly from shopping centres, loud bangs that startle me or if my husband talks to long. Emotion also triggers mine. i have had surgery for a disc that went into my spinal column and nerve damage seems to be there for life. my advise is not to trigger to many seizures if possible, you dont know if causing more damage
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Hello and welcome to NeuroTalk. Great to see you have come to be with us.

There are a great number of fellow members in here for your assists. Just let us know if we can be of any help. I to got a lot of help with a local neurologist and Epileptologist.

Again welcome, looking forward to seeing you around.

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Welcome to NT

You have a good attitude. That will take you far with life's ups and downs.

Some other members know more than I do about your condition.

I hope you find something here that helps you understand your condition.

We're a good bunch to hang out with.

Music is the window to the heart's soul. You sound very gifted. Keep playing if you can, but most importantly, keep smilin'
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I've heard of them referred to as musicogenic seizures and that's what I have now after surgery. And its almost always heavy metal (only certain notes cause it) at certain tempo's and certain pitches. Classical can too but either way it has to be loud.

I do still get aura's from time to time, but yep, I know what you're talking about.
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Iíve been reacting negatively to Ďbadí music in the past couple months, literally fleeing concerts in a panic, fingers in my ears, hunching over trying to block the sound if the treble is too high, or louder than the bass or mids. If the music isnít Ďequalí with all parts in line running smooth thru my body in a rhythm itís unbearable. I have to sit in my car and listen to Ďgoodí music to ísmoothí me out. Itís a drug when itís good. I canít turn it off. I am literally trapped in my car, unable to turn it off. I have done laps around my neighborhood, slowly lowing the music until I reach the final conclusion that I HAVE to turn it off. In the past week I started to notice I could NOT keep my eyes open when the sound was good. My head goes back, eyes shut, Iím sure I look like Iím tripping on acid or something. It started happening while driving last night. Now my good music is controlling me. I pulled over, couldnít stop listening, then I noticed my body tightening, my temples to between by eyebrows straight to the entire top of my brain was in a rolling turmoil not sure whether to enjoy or fight the feeling. It was like a musical orgasm..then I had a seizure. Not my normal partial complex, I was aware, but locked up turned sideways in my car. I figured out that my entire body was trying to Ďbalanceí the music because my left front speaker wasnít working. Muscles under my ear tightened trying block the sound, leaving only the right side to interpret what it was hearing. I reached in desperation for the radio, still undecided whether to enjoy this smooth rolling rush overcoming me, or stop this seizure. I was totally exhausted after and noticed I couldnít be in a room with lights. I slept with an eye mask in silence. Normally I listen to music. I enjoy any genre of music as long as itís perfect sound, rhythm, no drops, singer can sing, bass there to balance the treble. Iíve always said a good song has to be felt from the groin to the top of my chest, each area feeling the different parts..bass, mids, treble.. Iím weird I know. I go to 50 concerts a year because music is my drug that fixes me and Iíve found only musicians understand some of what Iím saying.
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Hi scruffy,
Welcome to Neuro Talk what you are describing sounds like you are having audio and possibly photosensitive seizures just like I mentioned to Maya.
What's happening with you is that the right temporal lobe of your brain is taking control of you and causing the seizures. The reason why I say it's the right temporal lobe of your brain is because that's the area of a persons brain that controls music. How we listen to it, play instruments, sing, etc. anything related to music is controled my the right temporal lobe. The next time this happens to you take a cold wash cloth and put it on your face and the back of your neck this will stop the neurons in the brain from firing up and leading into a seizure. Here's wishing you well and May God Bless You!

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Thank heavens for this board and you all.

I've been wondering for some time why I've gradually avoided music more and more, to the point where I can't stand to listen to any at any time. I've loved music all my life, had musical training, played in orchestras, sang in groups, etc. Now that has changed entirely. It didn't dawn on me that my avoidance might be related to my seizures.
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First of all, thanks a lot to you who replied to this topic. I really appreciate it It's nice to hear that someone is actually taking me seriously..

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Iíve been reacting negatively to Ďbadí music in the past couple months, literally fleeing concerts in a panic, fingers in my ears, hunching over trying to block the sound if the treble is too high, or louder than the bass or mids. If the music isnít Ďequalí with all parts in line running smooth thru my body in a rhythm itís unbearable. I have to sit in my car and listen to Ďgoodí music to ísmoothí me out. Itís a drug when itís good. I canít turn it off. I am literally trapped in my car, unable to turn it off. I have done laps around my neighborhood, slowly lowing the music until I reach the final conclusion that I HAVE to turn it off. In the past week I started to notice I could NOT keep my eyes open when the sound was good. My head goes back, eyes shut, Iím sure I look like Iím tripping on acid or something. It started happening while driving last night. Now my good music is controlling me. I pulled over, couldnít stop listening, then I noticed my body tightening, my temples to between by eyebrows straight to the entire top of my brain was in a rolling turmoil not sure whether to enjoy or fight the feeling. It was like a musical orgasm..then I had a seizure. Not my normal partial complex, I was aware, but locked up turned sideways in my car. I figured out that my entire body was trying to Ďbalanceí the music because my left front speaker wasnít working. Muscles under my ear tightened trying block the sound, leaving only the right side to interpret what it was hearing. I reached in desperation for the radio, still undecided whether to enjoy this smooth rolling rush overcoming me, or stop this seizure. I was totally exhausted after and noticed I couldnít be in a room with lights. I slept with an eye mask in silence. Normally I listen to music. I enjoy any genre of music as long as itís perfect sound, rhythm, no drops, singer can sing, bass there to balance the treble. Iíve always said a good song has to be felt from the groin to the top of my chest, each area feeling the different parts..bass, mids, treble.. Iím weird I know. I go to 50 concerts a year because music is my drug that fixes me and Iíve found only musicians understand some of what Iím saying.
Actually, this is pretty much what I've been having, only, much less intense. My attacks have changed it's nature during the time since I started the topic, but I have yet to see a neuro. I contacted a doctor almost two months ago, but I have yet to get an actual appointment... My sz are a little bit different now. I still get my laughing fits, but rather than feeling happy, I rather get the feeling of... I dunno, I suppose malicious pleasure is the correct word for it? I still enjoy the sz themselves, but it also started to come with a feeling of abstinence... If I get a sz and don't get my regular dose of them afterwards, I start to lose my grip of reality and it literally feels like I'm losing myself. I hear.. not screams, but like a sensation of screams.. like a memory, or a thought that I can't control, and it just never stops. Everything is foggy. It's like there's two worlds, mine and the one that belongs to the person who's screaming, and I'm not entirely sure which one is the real one and which one is the illusion... Needless to say, I tend to avoid getting seizures now.

I got rid of my hyperacusis almost completely, but now I'm stuck with this b***crap This change happened almost within a week after my hyperacusis started getting better, so I still think there's a connection. Of course I can't be sure, since I avoided music a lot more when I was sound sensitive...

But Scruff, I'm... kind of confused by your statement that not everyone gets what your talking about when you said that music has to be 'felt'... I know exactly what you are talking about, in fact, I thought that was the normal reaction? :S can somebody please clear this up for me?
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