Becky’s Story: Seizure Free And ‘Only Taking Two Pills’

Becky FranceBecky France honestly believes Subodh K. Wadhwa, MD, of Comprehensive Neurology Associates in Middletown saved her life. Prior to crossing paths with Dr. Wadhwa, Becky was plagued with a life of seizures.

The 46-year-old Middletown resident had her first seizures as a child. Her mother recalls they were petit seizures, which are seizures that involve periods of staring.

As Becky got older, the seizures intensified. By the time she was 14, she was having grand mal seizures frequently. Grand mal seizures involve muscle contractions, muscle rigidity, and loss of consciousness. They affect the entire body. Becky experienced a grand mal seizure while driving, which caused her to crash her car as a teen. She eventually gave up driving.

Becky went from neurologist to neurologist. Each prescribed more pills, which did little to control the seizures. The side effects of many of these pills were worse than the seizures.

Becky and her then-husband went on a cruise during which she had 27 seizures and ended up in a coma and hospitalized. She lost a pregnancy and ended up divorcing and moving home with her mother.

Becky was referred to Dr. Wadhwa. She says she was reluctant to see yet another doctor because of her past treatment disappointments.

“He did lots of tests on me and asked me lots of questions. Then he took me off all of my medicines,” she recalls. “He gradually put me on new medicines and I kept track of how I felt and my seizure activity.”

Becky’s first visit with Dr. Wadhwa was in 1995. “I haven’t had a seizure in 11 years and I’m only taking two pills. It’s amazing. I have my life back. Dr. Wadhwa is my savior.”

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