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Mar 15, 2018
This past October I started having what I thought were panic attacks. I googled my symptoms, which is always a good idea, and WebMD told me they were panic attacks. I went to the school counseling center and described my experiences and the therapist told me to do yoga. Not exactly helpful, but that didn't give me any reason to be concerned since they weren't happening all that often.
Fast forward to the first week of winter break: I have multiple panic attacks in one day, so we make an appointment with the pediatrician to figure what. is. going. on. I tell her exactly what I told the therapist and the doctor suggests we schedule an appointment with a neurologist because "those are absence seizures" not panic attacks. Wednesday night, I fall asleep on the couch after watching "Home Again" with Reese Witherspoon (highly recommend, by the way) and start convulsing and lose consciousness during the seizure - different than my typical absence seizures where I just appear to zone out and remain conscious - so my parents rush me to the ER and this whole adventure begins.
Among other tests, the doctors order an MRI and discover these seizures are caused by multiple brain lesions. A successful left frontal lobe craniotomy reveals that the lesions are benign. The diagnosis is cerebral vasculitis, an inflammatory condition.
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