A 19-year-old female asked:
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how do you know if you're about to have a seizure ?

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Dr. Bret Boyle
27 years experience Wound care
Similar to migraine : headaches in which there are many different types and variants with different manifestations, seizures disorders are varied with most having no easily recognizable prodrome or warnings signs. So the answer is, an individual with seizures must seek individual evaluation and care for their particular seizure disorder.
Answered on Jul 3, 2014
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Dr. Diane Stein
28 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Seizure signs vary: if seizure starts from whole brain at once "Generalized" then you may not have any warning. If seizure starts in one part "Partial" (or focus "Focal) area of the brain, then you could have symptom from that part. If it starts from visual cortex - part that interprets what you see - you may see weird things; smell centers - weird smells, taste center - weird taste. Dogs may sense seizures sooner!
Answered on Nov 10, 2016

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