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Did surgery affect your artistic abilities?

I have right side temporal mesial sclerosis. My neuro is discussing surgical options as I am running out of medications we can try. I am an artist. Did any of you who had surgery have and deficits in any artistic abilities that they had after having surgery? We are mostly looking at laser ablation as at the time I refuse "open" surgery. I will even try gamma knife before traditional surgery. I just want any input from those who are artists (hobby or professional) and have went through any surgery to see how it affected their abilities. Thanks!

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My neuro is discussing

My neuro is discussing surgical options as I am running out of medications we can try. How many medications have you tried? At what doses and what levels did you go to? Thru the years I have been on many meds and combinations of meds. Surgery is not an option for me since I have scar tissue in more then one lobe so working on one lobe would not stop all the different seizures. However there are many different meds and procedures that can be tried to reduce the number of seizures you have been having. I was diagnosed many years before the neurologists started going into specialties which happened in the mid 80's. By working with my Docs we have gotten my seizures down to one every now and then lasting  few seconds and you wouldn't know I had one even if you were watching me during the seizure.I did wood burning and won prizes in fairs and sold a few. I made oil derricks that were given to friends and family as gifts. Age and rough times has caused some issues but I can still do them. It just takes more time. Your body wears out over a period of time I have only been living with epilepsy for 50+ years

Right now I'm on Keppra and

Right now I'm on Keppra and topamax. I've also tried lamictal, zonegran, vimpat, and trileptal. I'm on 4000mg keppra xr. I couldn't handle side effects of vimpat (severe headaches). Lamictal didn't really work and it made me feel like crap/worsened my depression. Zonegran I don't remeber the dose. Trileptal sent me to the ER with a severe rash. And I'm not one to go the the ER, I've only been 3 times in my life including that reaction because I was afraid I was about to go into anaphylaxis. I was weaning off topamax now I'm kind of back on it at 100mg daily, maybe about to go to 100 twice daily.

Right now I'm on Keppra and

Right now I'm on Keppra and topamax. I've also tried lamictal, zonegran, vimpat, and trileptal. I'm on 4000mg keppra xr. I couldn't handle side effects of vimpat (severe headaches). Lamictal didn't really work and it made me feel like crap/worsened my depression. Zonegran I don't remeber the dose. Trileptal sent me to the ER with a severe rash. And I'm not one to go the the ER, I've only been 3 times in my life including that reaction because I was afraid I was about to go into anaphylaxis. I was weaning off topamax now I'm kind of back on it at 100mg daily, maybe about to go to 100 twice daily.

I’ve been on a ton of meds

I’ve been on a ton of meds also. I can’t even tell you which ones because I’ve lost track. My worry about medication was the fact that I’d loose musical abilities. My first surgery was an open surgery on my right temporal lobe and it didn’t do a lot to me, musical abilities were still the same. But my second surgery was a laser surgery on the same spot and it did go down a little, but only a little bit. I’m mostly still the same.

This question is really

This question is really specific to the surgery you are having. I had a surgery to remove a vein tangle thing (AVM) from the left side of my brain, and have had some weakness in my right hand, haven't been able to write/draw/shade very smoothly.  I only drew a bit for enjoyment, so it wasn't disastrous. That's why it depends on the area of the brain being operated on.  My surgery was near areas for speech and right-side movement, especially my hand.  Ask your doctor (or have a consultation with a surgeon) and have discussion about risks. One surgeon (of a few i met with) warned me I might have weak/tingly fingers. Ask! Best of luck, and don't be too freaked out, they're all gonna have to say risk of stroke, coma, death, etc...doesn't mean high risk :)Feel good, and keep making art!

I haven't noticed anything

I haven't noticed anything being worse because of the ablation (people have said that I seem better, but that might be because I've been feeling better because so far the surgery has been effective). I can't call myself an artist but I do a lot of writing at work and think my ability to write is just as good. At least I'm not having spells where I suddenly can't remember the next work in the sentence that I was trying to write and then can't remember what I was trying to write.

...and ask to talk to more

...and ask to talk to more than one doctor. My doctor thought that laser ablation was still experimental. Honestly he wanted to go straight to the option with the better success rate without at least trying to see if an ablation would work. He thought doing an ablation would make a resection more difficult. I don't know whether that is or isn't true.

I haven't noticed anything

I haven't noticed anything being worse because of the ablation (people have said that I seem better, but that might be because I've been feeling better because so far the surgery has been effective). I can't call myself an artist but I do a lot of writing at work and think my ability to write is just as good. At least I'm not having spells where I suddenly can't remember the next work in the sentence that I was trying to write and then can't remember what I was trying to write.

I would not assume that laser

I would not assume that laser ablation is "safer" than open surgery. It is still fairly new compared to open surgery. Initially it did not have as good as success rates as the open surgery; however, you usually can do open surgery if the laser ablation fails (just would be a major drag to do both!). I know musicians who have not been affected after right temporal lobectomies--harder to say how that translates to art, but you could do a functional MRI and try to paint while they are monitoring you and see if you're using your right temporal lobe when you do it. RTLE does affect visual memory, but you probably already have some impairment in this area if you have RTLE--look at your neuropsych scores. I would be more reluctant to try any surgical technology that has not been around for awhile. Surgeons love their new gadgets--they don't always work out. If you are going to try one of the newer approaches--make sure you are at a place that has been using that tool for years.

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