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Odd sense of jaw pulling back , then cannot speak for a couple of minutes. Confusion after but no amnesia for event. Complex partial seizure ?

Odd sense of jaw pulling back , then cannot speak for a couple of minutes. Confusion after but no amnesia for event.  Complex partial seizure ?

Could be: You may well be experiencing a focal event, which does not more fully generalize due to your lamotrigine, but have the levels checked, as the dose may require a titration. If in high therapy range, might wonder about a second medication. This involves "art of medicine", and one of those situations where your neurologist's intuition is important. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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Since 3 months ago a progression of prodromal flu-like symptoms, psychiatric problems, anterograde amnesia, now involuntary movements almost seizure.

Since 3 months ago a progression of prodromal flu-like symptoms, psychiatric problems, anterograde amnesia, now involuntary movements almost seizure.

Infection: These symptoms are concerning. Can get neurological conditions affecting the brain following flu-like illness, and this is something that requires medical attention now. In situations such as they, workup often includes a brain scan and perhaps even what is called a lumbar puncture to see if there is any inflammation/infection affecting the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Could seizures cause memory loss?

Could seizures cause memory loss?

Potentially yes: If poor seizure control, this can impair brain function, but do not negate effect of medications, especially drug for epilepsy, especially topirimate. ...Read more

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4 hour memory loss due to seizure. Is this normal?

4 hour memory loss due to seizure.  Is this normal?

Seizure and memory: This is not normal, but it is possible. The longer the seizure lasts, the more likely memory loss will be prolonged. It is also important to consider the cause and origin of the seizure. It is most common for the memory to be impaired for about 10-30 minutes after a seizure. ...Read more

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What are some diseases that are like seizures? Containing memory loss

What are some diseases that are like seizures? Containing memory loss

Brain issues: Memory is sensitive to numerous physiological, environmental, emotional, and behavior factors. As you suggest, memory can be disrupted by seizures and by many other neurological conditions. ...Read more

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Might a hypoglycemic seizure cause memory loss?

Yes: That's why it is very important to keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible, while preventing any hypoglycemia, particularly one severe enough to cause a seizure. ...Read more

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Does memory loss after waking up from seizure come back?

Unlikely: In general, in the immediate time period after a generalized seizure (the post-ictal period), memory registration is impaired and new memories cannot be properly formed. It is not likely that events which occur in the post-ictal period will be recalled. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a seizure cause short/long term memory loss before you have a seizure?

Might it be possible that a a seizure cause short/long term memory loss before you have a seizure?

Memory loss: Seizures can and do short term memory loss, what is called retrograde amnesia, seizures rarely affected long term memory except in more severe cases. ...Read more

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What is a dissociative seizure? Is this related to anxiety so high it causes a seizure?? Is memory loss assiciated with this?

What is a dissociative seizure?  Is this related to anxiety so high it causes a seizure??  Is memory loss assiciated with this?

Dx of exclusion: Hi David, dissociative seizures are non-epileptic and can be caused by a number of factors (extreme anxiety being one possibility); they require careful evaluation to determine etiology and treatment. Amnesia is possible, but if the seizures are truly psychogenic, the loss is not due to nervous system damage, and should respond to appropriate treatment. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell the difference between migraines and simple partial seizures (seizures without memory loss)?

How do doctors tell the difference between migraines and simple partial seizures (seizures without memory loss)?

Simple partial: seizures are defined by lack of alteration of consciousness not by the absence of memory loss and they run the gamut. Migraine is an event triggered by activation of the trigeminal vascular system. There may or may not be a component of cephalgia. Now that I've given you some tasty tidbits of information we can talk about the overlap between migraine and seizures. Its a lengthy discussion. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more