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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?
Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition (because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more
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
My son has cerebral palsy, autism, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, mental retardation, lower left lobe of brain is missing, strabismus and was born?
Needs long term treatment
periodicaly medications shall shall need adjustment. ...Read more
My dad is 60 years old he had 5 strokes so far and two days ago he had a seizure. What should we do for him? The E.R. did not give him any medication.
Should treat this:
Although seizures are not normally dangerous- these are things to consider:
1. He should not drive (a seizure makes that dangerous)
2. He should use medication to prevent seizures, since he may have another one
3. stroke risk factors should be addressed
A commonly used medicine for this scenario is levetiracetam (keppra) ...Read more
I get a seizure-like feeling when I get confused by things (e.G. If I don't understand a word). Happens often. Tested neg for seizures. Any advice?
Not a seizure: I am not sure what you mean by "seizure-like feeling"? What you describe is unlikely to be a "seizure, " especially with a negative eeg. My best advice is to see a psychiatrist for a full assessment of this problem. More testing may be needed, too. My other advice is that if you're using alcohol or recreational drugs, to stop that. Those can interrupt your thinking process for sure. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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;
family history of seizures;
metabolic encephalopathy. ...Read more
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
Altered consciousnes: A seizure may be associated with a loss of conscious awareness in part or fully. There may be an initial aura such as fear, deja vu, or focal tingling. One might experience transient immobilization or a full blown convulsion. Not unique to experience post-ictal period of confusion and disorientation. Tongue biting and incontinence varies. ...Read more
An epileptic focus: Hughlings jackson described how a focus in the brain can start a seizure that can march along the motor strip producing a progression of seizure activity. This became known as the jacksonian march. A focal scar or lesion can set this off usually on the very outer surface of the frontal lobe of the brain. ...Read more
Antiquated term: We now use the term SIMPLE partial seizures. This is a type of seizure affecting a small area of the brain, is on 1 side only (no spread) & can involve funny feelings, sensations, or motor movements. However, MENTAL AWARENESS of the patient isn't lost. Contrast this to COMPLEX partial seizures where awareness of the environment is lost. Questions? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more
Focal, generalized: Simply a generalized seizure occurs with a gran mal event, with a convulsion. A petit mal causes a brief lack of attention, and brief unawareness in adolescents. A focal motor sz causes focal unilateral shaking. Complex partial seizure starts with aura, such as deja vu, then repetitive automatic motions, then confusion, and amnesia that episode occurred. Other info available at aan. Com. ...Read more
Avoid injury.: Make sure that pt. Does not hurt himself, do not try to insert spoon in mouth, if possible turn head to one side without hurting pt. A good description of seizure from the beginning until pt. Is fully conscious with timing will help a doctor more than testing. ...Read more