I have epilepsy... Adult onset, starting at 28 years old in Sept of 2006. I had been having what I didn't realize were simple partial seizures for a couple of months until I had a complex partial at work (aka Grand Mal). I have had 2 more complex partials since, and I still have simple partials on occasion. I am well controlled on medication though. I take both Lamictal and Topamax. I can drive. Here in WA State as long as you haven't had a complex partial in 6 months, then you can have your license. Also, I get an aura, sound, and smell signals about 60 seconds before I get a complex, so my neuro says that is enough for me to get a waiver if I need one. It would give me enough time to pull over...
As far as your take on epilepsy being caused from cell phone towers, I can't say I agree with you on that. My husband works on cell towers (he builds
them, repairs them, and tests them), and has never had ANY neurological problems. And before you say my problems are caused from my exposure to him,
he started his job working on cell towers AFTER I developed epilepsy. Also we have three kids, and none of them have any kind of neurological issues
There is also the possibility that you have always had epilepsy, but that you have had no symptoms until now. Especially because it shows on your MRI.
You are lucky they were able to diagnose yours that way. They have found no cause for mine, and in 60% of cases, they don't usually find a cause. I
have suffered from migraines since I was 8 years old and they said that sometimes that can be a precursor. Topamax is not only a anti-seizure drug,
but also a preventative migraine medication. It has definately helped to lessen my migraines since I started taking it as well.
But ultimately, no, I don't think it was caused by the cell towers. My husband has never had any neurological problems from working so closely with
the towers, and neither have any of the guys he works with. They don't wear any kind of special clothing or helmets (other than normal construction
hard hats) or anything either, so it's not like they have any kind of protection that someone just walking up to the site wouldn't have. Sometimes
we just develop medical issues and there's no explanation. Not EVERYTHING is a conspiracy. But I know how traumatizing it was when I first was
diagnosed, and how much I wanted to find someone or something to blame it on. It's embarassing... There is so much stigma attatched to it, which is
so bizarre seeing as it's the most common neurological disease in the world. Don't let it get you down.
People only know if you want them to, and they only treat it as taboo or negative if you do. The people I've told treat me normal because of how I
bring it up and how I explain it, and I only tell people that I think need to know because I'm with them enough that I could have a complex partial
when I'm with them.