I saw a 25 year old woman who was having 1-3 seizures per day since the summer. When she came in for her first visit last week, she said, "I've been holding this seizure at bay for hours. I'm about to have a seizure now so you can see it!" She proceeded to pull a neck brace out of her backpack, rushed to lie down on the table, and had a massive seizure for 5 minutes. I videotaped 3 minutes of it. Her examination showed some very interesting and diverse things. Her primary problem is a deficit in her left frontal cortex. On her third visit she said she hadn't had a seizure for 2 days. On her 4th visit, which was 4 days later, she walked in, turned on the timer on her phone, threw it on the floor, got out her neck brace and had another seizure. After one minute and 20 seconds (exactly), I asked her to sit up, as the seizure was about 50% as intense. She did. I had a very mild green light on my scope, which I shone in her left medial pupil. As I did this, her movement stopped completely! I gently did this several times. Each time I moved the light away from her eye, the seizure movements returned, but they were less and less intense each time. Each time the gentle light was in her pupil, the movement stopped completely! Then I used the optokinetic tape and moved it towards her left. As soon as her eyes engaged to watch the tape towards the left, the seizures also completely stopped. I gently did this over and over again until her seizure was gone completely. I wish I had that on video. This young lady has a very fragile nervous system. The plan is to gently make the neurons stronger and stronger in the weakest areas of her brain (neuroplasticity) so she can hopefully get to drive and work again.
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36 Year Old Car Accident Victim
I’m treating a young woman, 36 years old, who was in a car accident in January 2015. She saw several doctors without much benefit. She started gaining weight because she could not exercise, and reported that she literally had to hold onto the walls of her hallways at home so she wouldn’t fall over.
I first saw her about two years after her accident. She had problems finding the right words and had a very short attention span. She was incredibly emotional and also felt like she was losing her short-term memory. She had to quit her corporate job because of the injuries she sustained in the accident.
I am happy to announce that she is 95% better in all areas, and I’m hoping that she will be pre-accident status by the time the three-year statute of limitations expires for personal injury protection.
She reported last week that she could read multiple spreadsheets now without falling out of her chair. She said she was able to learn how to make a Google spreadsheet by reading the directions. She would not have been able to understand the directions six months ago. She also reported that she can remember things now without having to continually refer back to notes. She said she used to have to keep things in front of her face all the time to be able to remember something. She also reported improvement in beginning to remember peoples faces and names! Go brain go!