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Seizure Disorder And Lupus
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)
A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more
Meds and surgery: Workup to confirm seizure disorder, type of seizure, and cause. Treat underlying cause. Treat seizures with anti epileptic medications. These include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and levetiracetam. If two different medications don't control seizures, then consider surgery to remove area of brain which produces seizures. Surgery may have up to an 80% chance of a cure. ...Read more
It should not: Patients who suffer from a seizure disorder need to get good sleep. If they are not sleeping well, seizures may be difficult to control. For someone without a seizure disorder, insomnia should not cause seizures. Excessive use of drugs to try to get to sleep may bring out a seizure disorder. ...Read more
Yes if under control: If your seizures are under control, you should be able to fly. Bring you medication with you. If your seizures are not under control, remember airlines do not carry any medications to treat a seizure on the plane. First aide will likely be available, but medication to stop the seizure will not be available. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Since delivered locally into nasal passages, should not affect brain function directly or indirectly. In other words, should be not cause seizures. But do not get distracted and miss your anti-epileptic drugs, as these are indeed crucial. ...Read more
Rare: There are some antibiotics that have been known to trigger seizures. Speak to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more
I have a seizure disorder I'm on keppra (levetiracetam) should I have my levels checked regularly?
Use of Levels: Ultimately, the level of a medication does not matter. The right level is the level which does not cause side effects and which effectively controls seizures. I periodically check levels in patients. Knowing what level establishes seizure control in your particular case is useful in case seizure control deteriorates in the future. ...Read more
I am taking tegretol 200 mg for seizure disorder, my question is that the quantity (200mg) is not reduced since I am taking it, will it be reduced?
For safety reasons, need to disclose seizure disorder to professors @ school so they'd know how 2 help. Bu how 2 do that w/o making them freak out?
Straight talk: I would make an appointment and talk to your professors at a time when you can sit and be comfortable. I would be prepared with information about what type of seizures you have had and how often they occur. Get recommendations from your doctor about what should be done if you have a seizure. Let them know how long a seizure usually lasts and at what point should they seek medical help. ...Read more
Think I am having seizures, labs say no tho. Ways 2 tell if I hav a seizure disorder. Can u send me a link to take a quiz 2 see if I am having seizures.
Was diagnosed w/ "seizure disorder (complex partial sz with sec gtc szs)" & told to take "seizure precautions". What are "sz prec"? The dr. Didn't say.
Precautions: Seizure precautions include not driving until 6 months after your last seizure; taking your medication as prescribed every day, avoiding intoxication with alcohol and drugs; showering not taking baths unless someone is monitoring you, not going in a boat alone, not going swimming alone, not diving from a high board. ...Read more
I have been withdrawing from keppra (levetiracetam) for seizure disorder and keep feeling the like uncontrollable feelings that make me distorted what do I do?
SUGGESTIONS: Possibility that you may need to taper much slower, as there is NO perfect recipe for all people to withdraw from anti-epileptic drugs. Furthermore, this is so variable, that you do need to phone or see your doctor prior to decreasing your dose further. ...Read more
Lower the temp: With Tylenol (acetaminophen). The underlying illness may lead to a lowering of the seizure threshold despite the efforts to bring down the temp. You should exercise seizure precautions as you would if she were sleep deprived or had run out of her medication. If the fever persists see the doctor. ...Read more
Many: Researchers and physicians use a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques and chemical and metabolic analyses to detect, manage, and treat neurological disease. Common tests include: blood lab work, genetic testing, neuro exam, x-rays, mri, ct scans, angiography, biopsy, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, emg, eeg and pet scanning. ...Read more
Very variable: It may be from an episode of loosing awareness without "passing out" to full blown seizures involving one or more limbs. It depends on the region of the brain that is affected. ...Read more
See a neurologist:: After a first seizure, evaluation should focus on excluding an underlying neurologic or medical condition, assessing the relative risk of seizure recurrence and determining whether treatment is indicated. Successful management of patients with recurrent seizures begins with the establishment of an accurate diagnosis of epilepsy syndrome followed by treatment using an appropriate medication. ...Read more
See below:: Epilepsy is not contagious. It is not necessarily a disability, rather an inconvenience for the afflicted individual. No need to be overprotective. Make plans ahead of time to handle seizures. Be calm. Protect from potential injury. Never try to restrain the movements. Help them recover from the seizure (sleep is okay). Single seizure > 10 min or no recovery of consciousness necessitates 911 call. ...Read more
Maybe: Two ways it can effect your baby; prolonged, untreated siezure could deprive the baby of oxygen. Treatment for seizures varies and some drugs are more dangerous than others for causing birth defects. Discuss with your nuerologist and OB dr before pregnancy to see if there is a safer treatment than what you may be on. ...Read more
I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?
Absence seizures can: Impact a child' s attention, behavior ; learning, even when controlled on medication. Request a " section 504" at school for any needed accommodations.. If sunlight precipitates them, wearing a large-brimmed hat when outside may help. The child should be monitored while swimming or on playground equipment. See https://www.Epilepsy.Com, the epilepsy foundation for facts ; resources. ...Read more