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Can chiropractic manipulation help with reducing seizure frequency in epileptics?

Can chiropractic manipulation help with reducing seizure frequency in epileptics?

No: Seizures have their origin in the brain. Chiropractors have a discredited theory of disease causation with the spine as the center of illness. No spinal manipulation will alter the wiring pattern of the brain. You should be seeing a neurologist and there are some who specialize in seizures and epilepsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Get this addressed: Agree with dr killian, as risk definitely present. Bigger issue by far is not provocation of convulsions, but rather why are seizures present, and what will be eventual outcome of alcohol abuse. You see, alcoholics do suffer head injuries, with post-traumatic szs. If you or a close relationship is the subject, contact alcoholics anonymous asap. ...Read more

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Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy? Specifically partial complex seizures.

Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy?  Specifically partial complex seizures.

Probably not: Doing a medline search for meditation agrravating seizures did not pull up any references in their traditional journals. I did find one reference to the possibility of inducing seizures in someone prone. It appears that this may represent a theorhetical risk at this juncture. "jaseja h. Epilepsy behav. 2010 jan;17(1):124-5." i hope this helps. ...Read more

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Cause of non epileptic seizure and treatment?

Cause of non epileptic seizure and treatment?

Multiple: The differential diagnosis for seizures is broad as well as the potential treatments. I suggest a neurology consultation. ...Read more

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Will a herbal nerve tonic help with insomnia and body tremors?

Will a herbal nerve tonic help with insomnia and body tremors?

"Nerve tonic"?: That utterly meaningless term dates from the bad old freewheeling days before the FDA: the days of traveling medicine shows, magnetic healers, herbalists & snake-oil salesmen peddling useless nostrums to a gullible public. There's NO such thing. Also, all herbal teas are VERY weak brews; FAR too dilute for any herb to have any effect except placebo even if the herb had a real known active effect. ...Read more

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Could sleep and meditation help with brain fog?

Could sleep and meditation help with brain fog?

If brain fog is fr: hormonal changes, or neurotransmitter deficiencies, then it's best to have this evaluated further if meditation alone doesn't seem to alleviate your symptoms. Also make sure you get plenty of rest at night, and restorative REM sleep too. ...Read more

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It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

Generic answer: Not familiar with the term "mini seizure", but let's assume you imply a focal limited seizure which does not usually generalize. Yes, these should absolutely be treated, as there is always a risk of dysfunction which could lead to harm, generalization which could cause convulsion and injury, and lastly perhaps most critical, the phenomenon of sudden death in epilepsy. ...Read more

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Neck gets tense really fast even after acupuncture and massage. Low stress life but high stress from psychiatric dru withdrawal and dental abnormality?

Neck gets tense really fast even after acupuncture and massage. Low stress life but high stress from psychiatric dru withdrawal and dental abnormality?

Muscle spasms likely: Muscle spasms are being triggered by the drug withdrawal, dental problems, or both. A low dose muscle relaxant medication would help. Mechanical cervical traction in physical therapy could help greatly, and a home unit could be provided. Training in biofeedback with a therapist/psychologist also works well for muscle spasms. ...Read more

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Can low potassium cause seizures in non epileptic pt? I've had two seizures over 15months and both times potassium has been critical low.

Can low potassium cause seizures in non epileptic pt? I've had two seizures over 15months and both times potassium has been critical low.

Not really: Convulsive episodes or seizures do not occur at increased frequency or risk in hypokalemic patients. Muscle weakness and fatigue/lethargy are more common symptoms of potassium depletion. More at risk with low potassium is heart rhythm and muscle paralysis in the condition known as hypokalemic periodic paralysis. ...Read more

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Autism and seizures - where can I find information on seizures and neurologists?

Autism and seizures - where can I find information on seizures and neurologists?

Y our doctor first: Best source is your primary care doctor and getting a referral to a neurologist. you can get information about local neurologists from the American Academy of Neurology web site. ...Read more

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Where are the auricular acupuncture points for addiction to alcohol, smoking, and opioids?

Where are the auricular acupuncture points for addiction to alcohol, smoking, and opioids?

Protocols: Nada protocol: shen men, autonomic point, kidney pt, liver pt and lung pt. Tobacco cessation: shen men, kidney pt, point zerio, lung pt and nicotine point. Some protocols can vary. This should only be performed by a trained acupuncturist. ...Read more

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Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Complex partial sz: I think you may be referring to complex partial seizures and those that secondarily generalize. It is very common to have seizures that start in one area of the brain with loss of awareness followed by spreading to involve the whole brain. It is called complex partial epilepsy with secondary generalization. Hope that helps answer your question. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Unlikely: Highly unlikely but in a patient with known seizure activity.. Sleep apnea can make the seizure activity worse. ...Read more

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Acupuncture for mdd and severe insomnia. Thoughts?

Acupuncture for mdd and severe insomnia. Thoughts?

Yup & Yup: Auricular acupuncture is beneficial for depression (but i would use it as an adjunct to other approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy or possibly psychotropic medications). Both chinese scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture can be very helpful for insomnia. Should be used with excellent sleep hygiene and possibly medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help with stroke rehab?

Can acupuncture help with stroke rehab?

Although research ha: Although some research and case reports have demonstrated some positive results in some patients, there have not been any large definitive study that has been attempted to answer this question. Unlike in the US, in China often include acupuncture is included as part of the early treatment along with other disciplines and interventions. ...Read more

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Already diagnosed with epilepsy and migraine. Due to inflammation of occipital vessel. Why would mood modifiers, taken for grief, cause seizures?

Already diagnosed with epilepsy and migraine.  Due  to inflammation of occipital vessel.  Why  would mood modifiers, taken for grief, cause seizures?

Mood Rx & sz: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a medicine that may cause seizures. It is not clear why this occurs, similar medicines are not so apt to have this side effect. It is likely to depend on how medicines such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) affect neural signalling within the brain. ...Read more

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