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post #1 of 4 Old 11-30-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ever Had an EEG?

On Monday I'm having a sleep deprived EEG... something I hadn't heard of until today. Anything having to do with doctors or hospitals scare me, so the thought of this really freaking me out, despite it being painless and from what I understand, simple to go through.

Has anyone every had an EEG, and if so what was it like?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-30-2012, 07:40 PM
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It wasn't actually for me, it was for my son who needed a sleep deprived EEG when he was a toddler but I went through it with him, minus the sensors.
It is indeed simple. Different but simple.

I had to keep him awake for prescribed amount of time, so that he would be tired, and then show up for the appointment. Once arrived he was prepped.
The children‘s hospital where his was used little patches with sensors inside that were glue to his head in measured out placements across his scalp and forehead.
He got to sit and play with toys while he was measured then 14 (I think) patches were attached, plus a few on his chest.
Other hospitals/clinics may use sticky patches like round band-aids, and others may have a swim cap type of hat with the sensors made inside of it that you just put on.
At any rate my son was annoyed at the nurse for messing with his head, but they didn’t hurt at all. He didn’t like strangers at that age, so that was his problem and not the patches.

Then I sat in a chair and he sat in my lap and we both got to watch a laser/strobe/light type of show on a screen in front of us in a darkened room. The lights changed in speed, intensity, and action but other wise it was very boring and I do not remember if any noise was involved. About halfway through I was asked to rock him to sleep (read: convince a light show wired little kid he suddenly needed to zonk out…. uh huh... right!) and the test continued for a little while, then they wanted me to wake him up and a few minutes later it was done.

After, they removed the patches, watched him play and eat a snack for about 30 minutes, then sent us on our way.
Nothing to it…. I even went through the drive through for a snack and he napped in the car seat on the way home.

I have seen EEGs on documentaries and medical specials and depending on what they are looking for as to what the images on the screen may be, but ours were the lights.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-01-2012, 10:21 PM
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My reply won't be as extensive, but I had one a few years ago after I fainted multiple times for no apparent reason.

It was sleep deprived, although after we left for the hospital.. I was hyper as could be.

I was about ten or eleven, maybe twelve but I was pretty nervous and scared. But, it wasn't horrible although I remember not being happy about having to remove my top for the nurse and getting the gel all through my hair.

It's very simple though and not painless at all, so it's really nothing to worry about once you get past the sleep deprivation.
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Thanks for the responses :) I'm slightly less nervous about it now. The sleep deprivation won't be a problem for me at all, I certainly don't have issues with staying up.
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