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11. Posted by outbackdan (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Quoting Wildrover

How you doing mate?

took a quick look at the thread you started just out of interest and it sounds like the best thing for you and your girl to do is just get out here.

I've had epilepsy since I was 16 or 17 (bout 8 years now), and suffered around 18 bad seizures before it was properly diagnosed. Like your girlfriend's, mine is only brought on around morning time, usually if I have had little sleep or food and been pushing my system to the max (ie too much partying). I've been on sodium valproate since and usuallu take between 1 and 2 tablets a day, which keeps me levelled out, as long as I take care of myself.

Ask here to speak to her doctor, mine gave me 3 or 4 mths medication along with a repeat prescription note that the pharmicists over here will honour.

I've been over in Oz for just over 3 mths now and have no trouble at all. Been skydiving and scubadiving. It My epilepsy has not been an issue in either. They usually just want to cover their own asses with insurance, so its a decision u have to make yourself. I just didnt tell em.

If she knows her epilepsy, then she also knows her limits, but the doctor is the best person to see.

It's not impossible tho mate, in fact its not even an issue. if you guys want to travel then just do it. the rewards far exceed the risks.

all the best mate and i hope it works out.

neil

Hey Neil, Im ok thanks you?

Thanks alot for posting man, what you've said has really given me some added confidence about it all. Im still planning at the moment.. not heading out til the end of next year, so im gathering as much info as i can.

Ive told her to consult with her doctor before we leave so she can get hold of as much medication as possible.. (3months worth i think?)

My main question really is.. if her doctor here writes out a repeat prescription can i walk into any pharmacist in australia knowing i can get her medication? (I'd have to pay a little also right? Which isnt a problem)
That would be alot easier than having to register with any doctors.. i mean i think to be on the safe side once we get out there we'll pop into the local medicare centre and fill out the forms for overseas travellers.. have you done this?

Cheers for taking time out of your travels to post mate, it means alot.. like all the other posts.. youve really helped me ease my mind.

Keep in touch and let me know how your trip goes!

Take care matey!

Danny

12. Posted by Wildrover (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

No worries bud, was the least I could do. Sorry it took so long to get back to you, but been busy livin the life in cairns (highly recommend it to you guys when you get here)

Now Australia and Britain have whats called a reciprocal health agreement which allows travellers to go and register with medicare for free, and entitles us to the same benefits we receive back home. I don't pay for my medication back home but I think out here I would have to. Havnt had to get any as yet, but I did have to get anti biotics in the last week for a chest infection. combined with the painkillers, this came to 35 bucks (around 15 quid)

If you don't mind me asking, is your girlfriend on epilim, or something different? I only ask because my hostel is right next door to a pharmacy and I still have 2 weeks here, so plenty of time to pop in and have a word with the little old women there (everybody here is so friendly and always willing to help out).

Let me know. Either way, the offer is there and I don't mind one bit.

Take care mate, Neil.

13. Posted by outbackdan (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Haha im glad your having fun and living the dream matey!

My girlfriends on a medication called LAMITRIGINE. Majito has already been so kind as to check whether it is available over in australia and it is. I also emailed the australian epilepsy foundation to verify.

Thanks for taking a time out from your travels to post mate.. it means alot.

The reason as to why im doing my research is mainly because of her parents.. i dont want them to be worrying the whole time we're out there.

Cheers matey!

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