Have any of your kids ever passed out or fainted? I realize it is a strange question. My daughter has these “seizures” when she experiences pain, such as falling on her arm wrong or hitting her head. Thankfully, she only gets hurt really bad about once a year.
About three weeks ago she hit her head really hard on the wall while playing with her sister. She started to cry that “I’m really in a lot of pain” cry. Then she went into a seizure of sorts. I had hoped it was a phase she would outgrow.
My mom tells me that I was Copy Cat’s age I held my breath whenever I got mad. One day, I fainted and according to my mother never held my breath again. My daughter doesn’t seem to be growing out of this phase. And I’m starting to wonder if she ever will.
When Copy Cat was an infant in the NICU she would have “episodes” where she would stop breathing and they would have to perform modified CPR on her. Many times it was challenging for the nurses to get her to breath again. After this recent episode, I’m wondering if when she was an infant her response to pain was this seizure?!? I’ve found that my attempts to bring her out of her episodes don’t work. At Christmas one year it was taking her such a long time to “come to” that I yelled at my father-in-law to call 911. It’s that scary!
When Copy Cat was about 18 months old I took her to a neurologist to see if maybe she had a form of epilepsy or other neurological disorder. He agreed to run an EKG test. The good and the bad from the EKG was that they found no seizure activity during the stress test.
I’ve been asking around and one of my friends wondered if her seizures were just a part of her passing-out. Hmm. Interesting, yet scary. So what happens if she gets hurt when I’m not around? Will someone be close enough to her to make sure she comes out of it? Another friend wondered if Copy Cat was having anxiety seizures.
I’m at a loss. I don’t know where to go from here. I’ve researched all types of seizures online and I cannot find one that fits perfectly. Or maybe I’m looking under the wrong topic. Does anyone have any ideas or advice about where I go now? Thanks!
by Kelly Damron
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