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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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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Could 20 yrs of army service as bomb dog handler/military police non combat, cause gad and panic disorder with agrabaphobia?

Could 20 yrs of army service as bomb dog handler/military police non combat, cause gad and panic disorder with agrabaphobia?

It depends: How you end up after such a long experience depends on your genetics, your background, your supports, and your ability to deal with frightening situations. I don't know about the diagnoses you've listed, as ptsd might be more expected than those. At the very least, you could easily be in for some kind of anxiety -- undiagnosable without full evaluation. You could see a psychiatrist & find out. ...Read more

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How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

Seizures: There is no difference in the appearance of these seizures. Most are all Tonic/clonic type seizures. THe cause and treatments of the two types differs. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Is pentaxim vaccine (sanofi made in france) really banned?

Is pentaxim vaccine (sanofi made in france) really banned?

Below: Yes: There have been numerous studies over the years, that the dosage of vaccine in Pentaxim against Pertussis is low, that it is not able to protect humans from infection in the long run. A recent study by WHO also states that pertussis (respiratory disease, which spreads through contact) is on the rise again & is prevalent among 5+ years old children in the United States & Europe, where this vaccine has been adopted as part of the national immunization schedule. This vaccine has already been banned in developed countries, on WHO’s recommendation. ...Read more

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Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Critique: Trivastal, a newer Dopamine agonist, is not available in the usa, but might be a choice. Sifrol, pramipexole, is likely your safest and best starting drug. There is no role for lioresal, (baclofen) and Artane is literally "poison" and is not used in the usa. Choose the doc who recommended sifrol. ...Read more

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From Minnesota but live in Madrid and got a western blot for Lyme back for: sensu strictu, afzelii, garinii, spielmanii. Is MN tick covered here?

From Minnesota but live in Madrid and got a western blot for Lyme back for: sensu strictu, afzelii, garinii, spielmanii. Is MN tick covered here?

Tick: most common ticks in minnesota are the black legged tick, american dog tick, brown dog tick and the bat tick. Not sure if those are covered in Madrid. Better check with the Health Department there to determine for sure. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed w/ "seizure disorder (complex partial sz with sec gtc szs)" & told to take "seizure precautions". What are "sz prec"? The dr. Didnt say.

Was diagnosed w/ "seizure disorder (complex partial sz with sec gtc szs)" & told to take "seizure precautions". What are "sz prec"? The dr. Didnt 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

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Ate marshmallows roasted w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Ate marshmallows roasted  w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Once?: If you did this once, it is probably not a problem. But burning those fake fire logs in the house often may increase your risk. There are a lot of other ways to decrease your cancer risk, so this is probably not a big deal. Eat healthy, avoid stress, get plenty of rest. These are your best bets for decreasing your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Any recommended general practitioners in wellington, fl ( west palm beach)?

Any recommended general practitioners in wellington, fl ( west palm beach)?

Do an online search: There are doctors in each community. To start, an adult woman needs an internist or family practitioner, plus an obgyn doctor. A man needs an internist or family practitioner. One can search on healthtap by city name, to see if local doctors are on healthtap (if they are, then one can read their writings to learn more about them). Also, one can check his own insurer's website for doctor's names. ...Read more

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Docs, could a mental illness skip two/three generations, say from grandparents to great grand kids?

Docs, could a mental illness skip two/three generations, say from grandparents to great grand kids?

Yes: Sometimes there are genetic predispositions in family lines - that doesn't mean that offspring will necessarily develop a particular condition. ...Read more

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Does suvida's ultra maritime pine 120s help with rosacea?

Does suvida's ultra maritime pine 120s help with rosacea?

I am not aware : Of this being a standard therapy or of any documented double blind studies verifying its benefits. ...Read more

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Cat has / had rabies, vet hasn't confirmed bc samples go to south africa, what course of action?

Cat has / had rabies, vet hasn't confirmed bc samples go to south africa, what course of action?

May need rabies shot: After an animal bite, the area should be washed well to get the animal germs out. If the wound is large, deep, or painful, the staff at the emergency room can wash it out. Prescription antibiotics may be needed, as well as a tetanus booster. If bitten by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat, or any salivating/drooling strangely acting pet/animal, rabies is a possibility (see dr. Within a day or so). ...Read more

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Why are scn1a mutations commonly found in patients with alleged post-vaccination encephalopathy?

Why are scn1a mutations commonly found in patients with alleged post-vaccination encephalopathy?

Dravet Syndrome & : Related scn1a mutations are genetic, not vaccine-induced. Fever from any cause can trigger seizures. . Genetic mutations are passed on or occur by accident when the germ cells ( egg & sperm) divide & 1/2 of the germ cell's chromosomes from each parent combine for the the genetic make-up of the child. See http://www.Omim.Org/entry/182389?Search=scn1a%20expression&highlight=expression%20scn1a. ...Read more

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Thought medical marijuana for serious illness like cancer. Saw a cnn episode in california where md's were prescribing for anxiety & insomnia. Abuse?

Thought medical marijuana for serious illness like cancer. Saw a cnn episode in california where md's were prescribing for anxiety & insomnia. Abuse?

quandary!: As a california physician, this alarms me. To my knowledge, these are not evidence-based practices. Just because a substance is legal, it does not make it a safe medical agent. Marajuana is associated with potentially permanent harmful brain changes that have been clinically determined only to be worth the risk for patients with terminal cancer or severe, treatment refractory pain conditions. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of sleep onset seizures in the mid 30's?

What are the most common causes of sleep onset seizures in the mid 30's?

Several: Based upon the age of insert, they would almost certainly be partial insert seizures (aka "localization related"). At least half the time, no clear reason is uncovered for them starting. Other causes include prior trauma, abnormal tangles of blood vessels stuck in the brain, "birthmarks" on the brain in a localized area, among others. Brain tumor is possible, but less common. ...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 cause a seizures?

What cause a seizures?

Seizure causes: There are around 200, 000 new seizures and epilepsy cases each year, and a cause is only identified in about 30% of those cases. The most common causes include stroke, brain tumors, head injuries, genetic conditions, infections, abnormal sodium or blood sugar levels, etc. Certain factors known to provoke seizures include missing medication doses, alcohol/drugs, sleep deprivation and stress. ...Read more

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Can a seizure be cured?

Can a seizure be cured?

Treated/not cured: People with epilepsy have more and better treatment options than ever before. There are now 20 antiepileptic drugs approved for use in the United States, and many more are in development. The use of surgery has been greatly refined, and new surgical techniques have been developed. People also may be treated with vagus nerve stimulation or the ketogenic diet in some cases. ...Read more

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What are silent seizures?

What are silent seizures?

No clinical seizure: Pt. Does not show clinical seizure but neurophysiological testing like eeg will show seizure discharges. ...Read more

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What are atonic seizures?

What are atonic seizures?

Loss of tone: Some complex epileptic have drop attacks=fall to the floor because of loss of muscle tone in legs usually have other seizures like tonic= totally stiff or starring spells in same child--or myoclonic seizures like simple jerks of trunk or limb. ...Read more

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What are partial seizures?

What are partial seizures?

Only part of brain: At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain. Typically one remains awake - unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions. ...Read more

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What exactly is a seizure?

What exactly is a seizure?

What is a seizure: A seizure is a clinical condition caused by electrical excitation over a part of (or all of) the surface of the brain. It may cause loss of awareness, loss of consciousness, breath holding, muscle movements, twitching, or vocalization, among other things. ...Read more

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How to feel after a seizure?

How to feel after a seizure?

Quite variable: After a convulsion people usually are pretty tired, often sleep for a while, and may have muscular soreness. After other kinds of seizures there may be little or no unusual feeling, depending upon the exact seizure type. ...Read more

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What causes seizures to start?

What causes seizures to start?

Unknown: When nerve cell in brain fires electrical discharges abnormally, these discharges affect other nerve cells. Our brain has protective mechanism to avoid spread of those discharges. One cause is failure of the mechanism, why one nerve cell fires abnormally is stll not completely answered. Many researches are going on and more and more new informations are coming up but still no final answer. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of seizures?

Multiple: The symptoms depend upon the location of the seizure within the brain. These may include- unusual tastes/odors; rising sensation from the stomach; other abnormal sensory perceptions, loss of awareness, shaking or tingling or an arm or leg, or even brief body jerks. ...Read more

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Why is my baby having seizures?

Why is my baby having seizures?

Many possible causes: First of all, you want to make sure that your baby is having true epileptic seizures and not some other non-epileptic events. Causes of seizures depend on age and situation. There are many possible causes including fever, metabolic changes, prior abnormal brain development, brain injury, tumors, strokes and hemorrhages, and genetic causes. It is best to seek expert advice from your doctor(s). ...Read more

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How to tell if i had a seizure?

How to tell if i had a seizure?

See a doctor: Important to see a physician. Bring a witness, if possible. Details of your event(s) are helpful. May be supplemented with testing: mri, eeg, lab work. ...Read more

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What are all seizure disorders?

Epilepsy Syndromes: Many epileptologists (neurologists who specialist in epilepsy) are working to change our language from "seizure disorder" to epilepsy so that patients and others loose fear of the word epilepsy and can find good information at places like www.epilepsy.com - there are likely as many forms of epilepsy as forms of cancer. To treat well, ask a doctor to help find the reason if having seizures. ...Read more

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What's the symptoms of seizure?

What's the symptoms of seizure?

Many: There are many types of seizures. Some consist of becoming unresponsive, some will have stiffening and/or shaking of one side of your body or your entire body. The list goes on... But the bottom line is that if you think that you or a family member had a seizure, then get checked. Undiagnosed and untreated seizures can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a seizure?

How to know if I have a seizure?

Hard to say: It depends on your symptoms, past history, medications, family history, and recent events. Deja vu, wetting youself, biting your tongue, loss of consciousness, automatisms, confusion, among other symptoms can be seizure related. Based on your concerns, it is best to seek advice of a neurologist to go over your history in detail and examine you to best understand what is occurring. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is meant by "chill seizure"?

What is meant by "chill seizure"?

Febrile seizures: These are common in children less than 5 when fever spike all of a sudden--most have no residual, normal developmentally--a small group of children presenting with atypical features like long duration, unilateral, have post ictal paralysis, strong family history continue to have seizures then it is epilepsy. ...Read more

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What are the top 5 seizure causes?

What are the top 5 seizure causes?

Cause of seizures: 'opinion not a decision'. Every shake is not a seizure; all seizures do not shake. Seizures have many causes including: alcohol and alcohol withdrawal; drugs; prescribed medications; brain injury; stroke; brain tumor; family history of seizures; brain infections; metabolic encephalopathy. ...Read more

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What is the definition of seizure?

Episode of altered: Consciousness. This can involve full loss of consciousness, loss of awareness with amnesia, or variations. A focal motor or sensory seizure however, may preserve awareness and just involve local area if it does not generalize. More than one seizure would be c/w epilepsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of seizures?

Aura: Most common symptom before a seizure is aura, either a funny light, weird sound, sudden change in mood followed by seizure onset. ...Read more