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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?

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

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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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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.

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

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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?

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

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What is a seizure?

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?

Potentially: Epileptic seizures can only be cured if a neurosurgeon could remove the area causing the seizures. Otherwise, seizures can be managed with medication, vagus nerve stimulator, or avoidance to stimulants that trigger seizures such as flickering lights or other causes of sensory stimulated seizures ...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 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?

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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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more