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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Overview)

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 consciousness. " See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/epilepsy/home/ovc-20117206


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Help plz! Can scarlet fever cause scar tissue on the brain (which is the cause of one's epileptic seizures)?

Help plz! Can scarlet fever cause scar tissue on the brain (which is the cause of one's epileptic seizures)?

Unlikely: Scarlet fever is the combination of Strep infection in the throat and rash to the skin (usually face). In the absence of an invasive Strep infection, such as bacterial meningitis, it would be unlikely that the Scarlet Fever has damaged the brain. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Overview)

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 consciousness. " See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/epilepsy/home/ovc-20117206


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Does repeated seizure activity always mean epilepsy?

Does repeated seizure activity always mean epilepsy?

It depends: Epilepsy is just the clinical condition of a risk for recurrent seizures. Some cases are clearly due to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, metabolic disorders or other medical causes. The major issue is cause. Is this a primary disorder or secondary to some other cause? More important would be plan of management. These issues need to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Epileptic 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
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
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Can an epidural trigger an epileptic seizure in a person who has epilepsy?

Not generally: Such an association between receiving an epidural and having a full blown epileptic seizure would seem uncommon and unlikely. I do know, that for some who are easily prone toward seizures, stress can contribute to having a seizure and i can see how an epidural could be stressful. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for epileptic seizures؟?

What is the best treatment for epileptic seizures؟?

Several: Best med is the one that controls seizures without side effects. Depakene (valproic acid) you are taking may work. Others include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, levetiracetam, topiramate, zonisamide or lacosamide. There are others. Other than matching the drug to your seizure type, the tinder of see effects you might experience may vary (if yogurt side effects at all). ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
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Epileptic 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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Can more than one drug be used for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures?

Can more than one drug be used for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures?

Yes: Whereas in the past there were only a few drugs, now there are many that can be customized based on risk factors and even the type of seizures. Older medicines like Depakote and Dilantin are still used, and still work well, but new medications like Keppra (levetiracetam) are becoming the mainstay in treatment for many types of seizures. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy since last 3 years. I had 3 seizures by now. I take levetiracetam750mg once in a day. Do I have a better cure. And get relief from med?

Neurologist: Do i correctly assume that you've had a though examination with MRI by a neurologist ? There can be multiple reasons for seizure... most important is to find the cause. Depending on the cause, different medications might be rx'd. If you've had the workup, It may be time to see the neuro again.. Best Wishes ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Epileptic 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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Can you explain if it's possible to get rid of epileptic seizures forever after surgery?

Can you explain if it's possible to get rid of epileptic seizures forever after surgery?

Yes, but....: I am not a neurosurgeon, but have read reports of various procedures that can be very helpful. You should talk with your neurologist about seeing a neurosurgeon with experience in this area. I expect you'd need to go to a university medical center. ...Read more

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Could dextromethophan help prevent seizures in epilepsy?

"Sometimes": It mainly has a "down"/sedative effect, which while not treatment, might reduce likelihood of seizure in susceptible person. Risk is idiosyncratic reaction (which is a reasonable % of abusers, but not w/therapeutic use), who can get anxious / agitated ("up"/stimulant effect), which might reduce seizure threshold. For more info: http://www.Drugs-forum.Com/forum/showwiki.Php?Title=dxm. ...Read more

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My son has two cafe au lait spots and possible epilepsy (nocturnal seizures). Doctor mentioned genetic disorder. Is it possible?

My son has two cafe au lait spots and possible epilepsy (nocturnal seizures). Doctor mentioned genetic disorder. Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible: Whenever a child has more than one thing going on, or one thing (e.g. Seizures) and additional physical findings (e.g. Cafe au lait spots) the possibility of a genetic condition behind findings increases. Both seizures and cafe au lait spots separately are relatively common. Combination increases, but does not diagnose, a genetic cause. I would recommend formal evaluation by a clinical geneticist. ...Read more

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What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

Depends on type: There are some rare inherited familial epilepsies, but most likely your child will be just fine, with just a slightly increased chance over that of the general popululation. ...Read more

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Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possibly: Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that. ...Read more

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Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Yes: The eeg maybe normal even with clinical seizures. Your neurologist may suggest a prolonged eeg with video monitoring. ...Read more

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Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes: Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age. ...Read more

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How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

No magic number: This type of seizure is uncommon, mostly person drop to ground because of loss of tone drop attacks could be atonic, myoclonic or other kind of seizures having said that--atonic seizures are characteristic of certain epileptic syndromes. ...Read more

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Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Not a trigger: Am unaware that changes in humidity can affect seizure frequency or intensity. However, an infection causing a fever, could make the susceptibility higher if a humid environment worked against lowering the temperature. ...Read more

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How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

How can  fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people are have photosensitive seizures, caused not necessarily by changing color but the flicker frequency of the changes. This was previously called tv epilepsy, but new screens do not cause this. Consult a neurologist who may suggest medication and a particular frequency of blue sun glasses that makes the likelyhood of seizures less likely. Also avoid flickering lights. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...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