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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Epilepsy (Tonic Clonic Or Grand Mal Seizures) (Overview)

Grand mal seizures are a clinical finding in which a person loses consciousness and their entire body experiences uncontrolled rhythmic muscle contractions and may result in incontinence during the seizure.


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If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. there are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. your neurologist should have that information. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Epilepsy (Tonic Clonic Or Grand Mal Seizures) (Overview)

Grand mal seizures are a clinical finding in which a person loses consciousness and their entire body experiences uncontrolled rhythmic muscle contractions and may result in incontinence during the seizure.


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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Epilepsy (tonic clonic or grand mal seizures) (Tip)

One hour at a time, each seizure it's own monster, sleep and start anew. ...See more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
daily
Wear a medical alert bracelet
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Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures(doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent). You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Epilepsy (tonic clonic or grand mal seizures) (Tip)

Have your doctor check you for low vit D—one of most frequent consequences of anticonvulsant use. ...See more

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Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Yes; possible.: Children who have had a single tonic-clonic seizure, the risk that they will have more seizures depends on many factors. Some will outgrow their epilepsy. Some need to be controlled by seizure medicines. Many who are seizure-free for a few yrs. While taking seizure medicine will stay seizure-free if the medicine is gradually stopped. If exam & eeg is normal, 70% will stay seizure free w/o meds. ...Read more

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Please explain when a person should call 911 for someone with diagnosis epilepsy having a tonic clonic seizure?

Please explain when a person should call 911 for someone with diagnosis epilepsy having a tonic clonic seizure?

Call 911: If you do not know the first aide principles for treating people having a seizure, call immediately. If a seizure lasts more than 2 minutes, call 911, as most seizures are shorter than that. If there is any question of compromised breathing call 911. If there is any indication of injury that might compromise the individual, call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Epilepsy (tonic clonic or grand mal seizures) (Tip)

Do as much as you can but set realistic goals, remain positive, and reward yourself each day. ...See more

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How common is it to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no history of epilepsy?

Seizures vs epilepsy: Tonic clonic seizures is a type of seizures, as opposed to absence or partial seizures caused by a variety of causes including drugs, medications, trauma, stroke, electrolyte disorder to have epilepsy is to have recrurrent unprovoked seizures, so we cannot compare apples and oranges. ...Read more

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Have grand mal Epilepsy, have many seizures. Am I damaging my brain each time I have one?

Have grand mal Epilepsy, have many seizures. Am I damaging my brain each time I have one?

NEED CONTROL: Each seizure, especially generalized event, does cause temporary metabolic change in area of involvement, and repetitive uncontrolled seizures can produce mirror foci, and spread of epileptiform areas. You may very well have more than one variety of seizure at this point. Perplexed as to what medications are being employed, and why you are out of control. Can we help via a Concierge visit? ...Read more

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Want to learn more about mental process of dissociation. Am diagnosed with epilepsy (grand mal and aphasic seizures). MDs seem to know little about ?

Want to learn more about mental process of dissociation.  Am diagnosed with epilepsy (grand mal and aphasic seizures). 
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Seizure : These are all different things. The first is a mental process usually used to remove oneself from feeling during emotional trauma and the others are seizures ...Read more

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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...Read more

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Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Yes.: While JME is often fairly easy to treat (80+ percent of cases) there are cases which are terribly difficult to get under control. This may be perceived as worsening after the first identified seizure...which often is the first convulsion. ...Read more

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20 year old had first grand mal seizure 3 months ago. Eeg was done this week and showed spike & wave discharges during light sleep. Is this epilepsy?

20 year old had first grand mal seizure 3 months ago. Eeg was done this week and showed spike & wave discharges during light sleep. Is this epilepsy?

Complex issue: Epilepsy by definition is more than one seizure, and predicts future episodes if not controlled. Statistically, the risk of a future seizure within one year is 60%. The eeg is consistent with risk of future seizures, and i would therefore recommend usage of anti-epileptic meds, and no driving, activities at heights, use of power equipment until stable for at least 6 months. ...Read more

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What will taking lsd do to my brain/body if I have epilepsy and take the drug keppra? I only get seizures when falling asleep or waking up, and have never had a grand mal seizure, only petite mal. I take 2 keppra at night and 1 in the morning.

What will taking lsd do to my brain/body if I have epilepsy and take the drug keppra? I only get seizures when falling asleep or waking up, and have never had a grand mal seizure, only petite mal. I take 2 keppra at night and 1 in the morning.

STAY AWAY FROM LSD: Any hallucinogen has the potential to increase the number and severity of seizures, whether grand mal or petit mal. The worst ones are mdma and pcp, but lsd can cause problems as well. Furthermore, you do not know what you are taking when you get something called "lsd." it can literally be anything, and you are putting your life, your health and your trust into people who are dealing drugs. ...Read more

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Does a normal EEG mean you don't have epilepsy? All my EEGs have come back normal however I still experience multiple tonic clonic and absent seizures

Does a normal EEG mean you don't have epilepsy? All my EEGs have come back normal however I still experience multiple tonic clonic and absent seizures

No: The EEG recording is a measure of your brain activity during the recording. If a seizure occurred during the recording most likely this would be seen. Some events are not electrographic and not seen.

Your neurologist probably has had prolonged EEGs that hopefully recorded your absence or GTC events.

If unsure see an epilepsy specialist. ...Read more

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I have 'seizures' they think are epilepsy but cant find a way to control them. Arnt tonic clonic like the others Insted these can occur daily. i get confused say repeatly the same thing & end up on ground unresponsve 10min. Am tired with no mem after?

Be seen: If you have seizures, you need to be evaluated and potentially have a number of diagnostic studies performed in order to create a treatment plan. Please be seen promptly for this issue, and avoid operating heavy machinery and/or driving until this is taken care of. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more