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Dehydration Causing Seizures
What would cause a normal/healthy 11 yo child to have a seizure? Eeg was normal, he wasn't overheated or dehydrated.
Possibly: If thiamine level is low or if vomiting leads to an electrolyte imbalance. Usually the seizures occur during alcohol withdrawal or if dehydration is done improperly (leading to hyponatremia). Intoxicated people sometimes sustain head injuries and do not recall this. Chronic alcoholism can lead to bleeding disorders which can increase the risk of sub- dural hematomas. ...Read more
Seizures(about 5) for the last 6 mo., rapid heart rate, chest pain directly between breasts, dizziness daily, dehydration, and head aches. Any ideas?
Daily dizziness: You really should be seen in an er if you have a rapid heart rate (r). You need to be evaluated for hyperthyroidism and/or a cardiac problem. The next time you have one of these r's, get to an er as quickly as possible. If it's present when you are examined, an answer may be found. If not, you will blood work sent off and be sent to the proper physician for treatment and a cure. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Electric: While all epileptic seizures are caused by electrical disturbances in the brain, there are many kinds of seizures. See http://www.Epilepsyfoundation. Org/livingwithepilepsy/parentsandcaregivers/parents/typesofseizures. Cfm for more information. ...Read more
Rarely: There is a rare but very specific type of epilepsy that is photo sensitive. In some just the flashing of light at a specific frequency can cause a seizure. In very rare cases a specific pattern will set off seizure activity. A type of baboon (papio-papio) has a genetic tendency for photosensitive epilepsy. They have been studied in detail. Coated glasses can help. ...Read more
Cause of seizures: Seizures are caused by anything that irritates the surface of the brain. This can be an infection, a disease of the brain, an injury, medications, alcohol or drugs, changes in the blood chemistry, etc. For some people, the cause is related to how the brain makes electricity, but this is most often the case for children, rather than adults. ...Read more
Photoparoxysmal responses (ppr) is an abnormal visual sensitivity of the brain in reaction to intermittent photic stimulation.
Photosensitivity depends on the intensity, the contrast of the visual stimulus, and the specific frequency of flashing. The flashing patterns of certain games and television shows trigger epileptic seizures in only 5% of epileptics. Photosensitive epileptics peak at 10-14. ...Read more
Let me explain:
Although the underlying causes of epilepsy are usually not known, certain factors are known to provoke seizures in people with epilepsy. Avoiding these triggers can help you avoid seizures and live better with epilepsy:
missing medication doses
heavy alcohol use
cocaine or other drug use, such as ecstasy
lack of sleep
other drugs that interfere with seizure medications. ...Read more
Causes of MS: There are several factors that may cause MS, and we may not know what all of them are! As far as we know, seizures are not a cause of MS. Most people with MS (about 98%) never have a seizure in their life. ...Read more
Poor seizure control: The brain is actually very active during sleep. Many epilepsy patients are prone to convulsions during sleep. Some children only have seizures during sleep. Good seizure management should include eeg evaluation during sleep. Appropriate use of medications, especially just at bedtime may help avoid these types of seizures. ...Read more
Seizures and MS:
About 2% of people with MS may have a seizure during their lifetime. This is slightly more frequent than people without MS. So yes, there is a connection.
Anything that irritates the brain may cause a seizure. It is surprising people with MS do not have seizures more often. ...Read more
Brain electricity: Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical signals in the brain. There can be many causes of this in a baby. Some are benign, such as a rapidly rising fever. Other causes include a brain abnormality present at birth, bleeding in the brain, or deprivation of oxygen for a period. Epilepsy is a primary disorder of abnormal electrical activity. Neurologists specialize in this. ...Read more
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