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Can Epilepsy Exist Without A Loss Of Consciousness
I am experiencing leg numbness, fainting, loss of consciousness , random episodes of first stage sleep spells and temporary paralysis anxiety itching of my hands legs and ankles. I have been diagnosed with idiopathic spells not sure if its epilepsy?
Can an EEG test evaluate my 10 month son for epilepsy, after an episode: loss of his consciousness,bend back of his body, stiffness.Is EEG enough?
Hard to say: All tests have limitations and diagnosis rests on the full evaluation of history,exam and these tests.A kid can have a normal EEG but have a seizure disorder,they can have an "abnormal"EEG & not have a seizure disorder.The EEG features are actually different in small kids from adults, so having it read by someone well versed in kid studies is important.This might have been a breath holding spell ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an ECG test evaluate my 10 month son for epilepsy, after an episode: loss of his consciousness,bend back of his body, stiffness.Is ECG enough?
Doctor can evaluate: An ECG is a heart rhythm test, not an epilepsy test. Some patients with arrhythmias do get episodic spells due to blood not reaching the brain during an irregular heart rhythm. One spell does not equal epilepsy. Some babies and toddlers (age range 6 months to 5 years) can have a seizure, usually at the start of a febrile illness. No special tests are needed for a single simple febrile seizure. ...Read more
Continuum: Coma is the deepest form of loss of consciousness (loc), in which no responsiveness to the external environment exists. This can be reversible. Technically a concussion with loc means a momentary coma has occurred but the term is rarely used in that circumstance. Simple loc means loss of awareness to some external stimuli with preserved responsiveness to noxious stimuli. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do convulsions have to be accompanied by loss of consciousness in order to be considered "convulsions"?
Yes: Definitely not normal and need to be evaluated by the er, cardiologists, neurologists or primary care physicians. Noone should experience loss of consciousness. ...Read more
Lost consciousness: If you had real loss of consciousness then i hope you are under the care of a physician. If you had more than one episode of sudden loss of consciousness then you need a full work up. Are those caused by seizures, or by a cardiac arrhythmia, aortic stenosis or tias, medication effect, or just fear. Get a neurologist & cardiac evaluation or at least go to your pcp. ...Read more