Temporal lobe seizures initiate in the temporal lobes of your brain, which process emotions and are important for short-term memory. Some symptoms of a temporal lobe seizure may be related to these functions, including having odd feelings such as euphoria, deja vu or fear. A sudden sense of unprovoked fear, a feeling that what's happening has happened before. A sudden or strange odor or taste. A rising sensation in the abdomen.
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) accounts for 30-50% of all epilepsies and affects males and females equally. Seizures vary widely, however most people have focal seizures which may or may not evolve to a bilateral convulsive seizure (often a tonic-clonic seizure). It can be difficult to manage with medications and people with TLE may be suitable candidates for surgery. Also called Focal Epilepsy, Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
Anticonvulsant medications may help reduce or eliminate recurrent seizures in some people. They include carbamazepine, divalproex sodium, gabapentin, lamotrigine. Temporal lobe seizures may be difficult to completely control with medication alone. It is not unusual for a person to have an occasional temporal lobe seizure despite taking the correct amount of medication.