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Are nocturnal seizures hereditary? Is it possible that my daughters "night terrors" are actually nocturnal seizures like the ones im having?

Are nocturnal seizures hereditary? Is it possible that my daughters "night terrors" are actually  nocturnal seizures like the ones im having?

Unlikely : Night terrors and seizures are separate entities and readily separated by their pattern. I have no difficulty excluding one or the other after a proper evaluation. If your doc is unsure of the diagnosis, seek a second opinion and or relevant testing. ...Read more

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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


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My aunt(from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures.Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?

My aunt(from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures.Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?

Consult neurologist: There are many reasons for seizures to manifest in children .Some of them may be hereditary .There are different type of seizures ,some hereditary others are not .These two children may or may not be getting same type .Consult neurologist about these children ,he can examine and explain about the risk of epilepsy in your children . ...Read more

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Can you give yourself a gran mal seizure? Is it mostly hereditary epilepsy or head injury

Can you give yourself a gran mal seizure? Is it mostly hereditary epilepsy or head injury

Grand mal seizure: Seizures can be caused by a lack of sleep, hunger, poor nutrition and stress. It is important to live moderately and closely monitor your seizure medication. Seizures can occur after head injury but epilepsy is uncommon after head injury. Likewise, inherited seizures or epilepsy is very uncommon but is seen in some genetic disorders. ...Read more

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May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?

May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?

?JME?: Not sure of your precise question, but will attempt an analysis. You may possess juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and if correct, your best drugs might be either Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) (lamictal may not work quite as well here. Yet, you may be sub-therapeutic based on your description). Also, you seem to have several complexities, and i wonder how all these inter-relate. Go over this with neurologist. ...Read more

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What are seizures?

What are seizures?

Bad brain activity: A seizure is an abnormal motor or sensory event that is caused by abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Usually the brain can inhibit or suppress abnormal activity. However in certain disease states, genetic syndromes, scarring of the brain or acute infection or injury, the brain inhibition is lost and seizure activity will occur. ...Read more

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What is a seizure?

Neuron discharge: Seizures are of many types and result from incoordinated neuron discharges. They can be focal without loss of consciousness or more severe with loss of consciousness as well as uncontrolled motor movements. ...Read more

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What causes seizures?

Seizures: There are a great number of reasons. Whole textbooks have been written concerning this subject. If you have a specific problem, consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes seizures?

What causes seizures?

Excitable brain cell: Anything that causes brain cells to be irritated or overexcitable can cause a seizure. Genetic causes of epilepsy that lead to an abnormality in excitability of neurons or miswiring of connections can cause seizures. Also, any scar or lesion on the brain can cause seizure. Infections and other conditions that alter the body's normal chemistry can cause seizures. ...Read more