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CASE STUDIES: Seizures / Epilepsy

Please note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.

Female, Age 27, Seizures, Headaches, Neck Pain

This 27-year-old female was involved in a motor vehicle accident, after which she was diagnosed with whiplash, concussion, and brain injury. Shortly after the accident, she developed headaches, seizures, and pain in her neck and was medicated for those symptoms for several years before seeking help from upper cervical care.

During her initial examination, an upper neck injury was discovered, probably stemming from the auto accident. Within three months of upper cervical care, all headaches, seizures, and pain were absent and all medications were discontinued.

Male, Age 23, Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy, Sleep Disorder, Headaches, Back Pain

This 23-year-old male suffered a closed head injury at age 17 in which he landed on his head due to a pole-vaulting accident at a high school track meet. Since the fall, he suffered from bipolar disorder (rapid-cycling mood swings), seizures (2-3 per day), daily headaches, daily neck and back pain, and sleep disorder (he would often be awake for 24-36 straight hours before finally going to sleep and then often would sleep for 24 or more hours). He was taking tegretol for bipolar disorder and pain medication for headaches.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found, most likely resulting from the pole-vaulting accident. The injury was compromising this patient's neurological function. After five months of upper cervical care, all mood swings, headaches, seizures, pain, and sleep trouble were corrected, and all medications were discontinued. All family members remarked at the enormous change in the patient's mental outlook, personality, and health.

Female, Age 7, Seizure Disorder

This 7-year-old female experienced her first seizure at 5 weeks old. The seizures gradually increased until they occurred numerous times per day. It was also discovered fairly early on that this child was not developing properly mentally or physically. It was surmised she may have suffered some level of brain damage during the birth process because she was "blue" when she was born. At the age of 7, her mother described her development as being that of a 1- or 2-year-old. She was non-verbal and was confined to a wheel chair. She experienced petit mal seizures 5 times per day for approximately 20 seconds each and grand mal seizures 3 to 5 times per week.

During her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered. When questioned, her mother recalled that as an infant and small child, her daughter did not turn her head to the left. Her mother theorized that perhaps the neck injury occurred during the birth process.

After her initial upper cervical correction, a lessening in the number of seizures per week was noted. After one month of care, the number of grand mal seizures had decreased to 1-2 per week instead of 3-5. Petit mal seizures dropped substantially to very few being reported. She began to average several days per week without any seizures at all. In addition, her school teachers began reporting noticing more happiness, playing, and better attention span in this patient. After three months of care, only 3 grand mal seizures were reported in the previous 6 weeks. No other seizures were reported.

 
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