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A 37-year-old member asked:

what should i do if i think i may have had a seizure?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Get evaluated: Start with your physician who may refer you to a neurologist. An electroencephalogram may help to clarify the issue, but getting a good medical history and of any event that has occurred. This may require taking information from bystanders who witnessed the event. Be sure to bring any family members who may have witnessed the event to the appointment.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

If you only had one seizure should you be on anti seizure medication?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anti seizure: If recommended by your doctor, yes.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

Are you pretty safe not having a gran mal seizure if not knowing why you had one in the first and being 14 years free on one after only having one?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Probably: If you had one grand mal seizure (technically tonic-clonic seizure) and no more and no neurologic deficits and normal eeg, the chances are extremely good you won't have another.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How should you handle someone who just had a seizure?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Keep in control: Do not panic. Get the patient down and on their side, if possible. Do not restrain, but do try to be firm but not aggressive in keeping them calm and lying or seated and not trying to get up or run around. During the seizure do not put any thing into the mouth, but keep the airway clear and wipe the mouth. Call for hlep, but keep eye on patient and try to keep time record of what happens.
A 46-year-old member asked:

My boyfriend just had a seizure. There anything I should do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Evaluation: He should be seen by his physician for an evaluation. That person may refer him to a neurologist. The evaluation usually includes an electroencephalogram, MRI scan and a series of selected blood tests.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it true you can be aware you had a seizure as it's happening?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 30 years experience
Uncommon, but yes: Most people with convulsive-like movements who remain aware throughout the event are having stress-related symptoms and not seizures. The exception is the rare patient with frontal lobe seizures with limited spread of the discharges outside the frontal lobes. These are hard to diagnose, typically requiring the evaluation of an epileptologist. They are quite rare, though.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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Not sure I concur. Focal epilepsy constitues 40% of all epilepsies, which is most certainly not rare. They are the most commonly misdiagnosed however as primarily psychiatric such as psychotic syndromes; OCD; Panic, mood disorders. This is why we like to take careful histories, and observe cleanly. Single 30 minute EEG's have low yeild. Serial EEGS / EMU preferred in high suspicion cases.
Jun 9, 2014

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