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Doctor insights on: Does Family History Of Epilepsy Cause Seizure Disorder

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If no family history and no head injury how rare would it be to have a gran mal seizure disorder?

If no family history and no head injury how rare would it be to have a gran mal seizure disorder?

Unusual : But several potential causes stroke tumor aneurysm febrile seizures in youth should be evaluated in my view. ...Read more

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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What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

Depends on type: There are some rare inherited familial epilepsies, but most likely your child will be just fine, with just a slightly increased chance over that of the general popululation. ...Read more

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I've never had a seizure & don't have family history of epilepsy, but I avoid potentially seizure inducing visuals. Is this a totally irrational fear?

I've never had a seizure & don't have family history of epilepsy, but I avoid potentially seizure inducing visuals. Is this a totally irrational fear?

It seems a bit: irrational to me. I'm not sure if there are visual that could cause a seizure. Consider talking to a psychologist to understand why you are so concerned about having a seizure so that you can get over this fear. ...Read more

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A friend who does not have a seizure disorder had a long seizure (family claims it was over an hour long) is this posable? Drinking is invalved.

A friend who does not have a seizure disorder had a long seizure (family claims it was over an hour long) is this posable? Drinking is invalved.

Seizures and alcohol: It's unlikely that the actual seizure lasted an hour. Typically, seizures last about a minute but the patient could be disoriented for a longer period of time thereafter. Alcohol can trigger seizures in people who are predisposed to it. Also, it is possible he may have fallen and hit his head as well. Either way, he should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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How likely is tramadol to cause seizure? Also taking Atenolol 25mg- no other meds besides multi-vitamin. No history of seizure disorder.

How likely is tramadol to cause seizure?  Also taking Atenolol 25mg- no other meds besides multi-vitamin.  No history of seizure disorder.

Greater than none: Janssen did not include the incidence of seizures in pre-approval clinical trials or postmarketing surveillance in their FDA Product Information. You should read it ALL: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/020281s032s033lbl.pdf It's rare, but does happen. For any individual, the chances are either 0% or 100%. (This is true of ANYTHING in life except birth & death.) ...Read more

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Could chronic insomnia cause a seizure disorder?

Could chronic insomnia cause a seizure disorder?

It should not: Patients who suffer from a seizure disorder need to get good sleep. If they are not sleeping well, seizures may be difficult to control. For someone without a seizure disorder, insomnia should not cause seizures. Excessive use of drugs to try to get to sleep may bring out a seizure disorder. ...Read more

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Can Flonase usage cause seizures to occur if you have a seizure disorder?

Can Flonase usage cause seizures to occur if you have a seizure disorder?

Very unlikely: Since delivered locally into nasal passages, should not affect brain function directly or indirectly. In other words, should be not cause seizures. But do not get distracted and miss your anti-epileptic drugs, as these are indeed crucial. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Antibiotics and seiz: It is rare, although I have not seen or heard of any case, it is possible, whether from the organism or the antibiotic itself. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Can  antibiotics cause  seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Rare: There are some antibiotics that have been known to trigger seizures. Speak to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more

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Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

It depends: In general, dysautonomia and seizures could occur independently and this is the case in most patients. However, there is no simple answer to your question. Seizures can cause autonomic changes (depending on seizure type) and people could seize after a syncopal episode (syncope can be due to dysautonomia). You should meet with your physician to see if they think the 2 conditions are related. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with seizure disorder. For 25 years i survived on 4 to 5 hours of sleep for my job. Could this be the cause?

No: I don't think your long hours on the job caused your seizure disorder. That said, in patients with known seizures, prolonged periods of sleep deprivation can definitely aggravate their seizures. ...Read more

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I know wellbutrin raises risk for seizure. Does viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) or brintellix cause seizures? I do not have seizure disorder

I know wellbutrin raises risk for seizure.   Does viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) or brintellix cause seizures?   I do not have seizure disorder

You are correct: The data is not in on the new serotoneric agents with regard to lowering of the seizure threshold ( it took a while after Welbutrin's release that we noted the increased incidence of provoked seizures.). The other issues with all of these agents are possible precipitation of mania and seratonergic syndrome. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have epilepsy/seizure disorder?

Get to a Neurologist: An EEG can confirm this or rule it out potentially if your having symptoms while being monitored. ...Read more

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Are these symptoms of a type of seizure disorder or are they of epilepsy?

Are these symptoms of a type of seizure disorder or are they of epilepsy?

Need more info: Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures. A single seizure event may occur due to a cause that can resolve. Recurrent seizures with or without cause become epilepsy. Epilepsy may be cured if seizures stop occurring and medication is stopped. ...Read more

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Is there any cases for seizure disorder (epilepsy) only happened when have a fever?

Yes: Febrile seizures happen when the temperature is rising, usually only one per febrile episode and lasting less than 15 minutes. If there are multiple seizures during a febrile illness or they last longer then the child may have a seizure disorder requiring treatment. ...Read more

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Hi I was born with severe epilepsy seizure disorder and I was wanting to learn more about epilepsy.

Hi I was born with severe epilepsy seizure disorder and I was wanting to learn more about epilepsy.

Happy to speak 2 you: Sharing with you what I know about epilepsy will take more than 400 characters. Would you like to set up an appointment in my calendar? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make the appointment in the virtual calendar and I'll be happy to share information with you about epilepsy. Bring as much of YOUR info. as you have available; recent EEG's, names of meds, MRI results, etc. ...Read more

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Safe to work 3rd shift job if seizure disorder completely under control for six months with meds? Any relationship night shift/seizures if epilepsy

Pace yourself: Glad to hear that your seizures are controlled with lamictal, a quite effective drug. However, you do need to know that sleep deprivation and/or shift work changes in your sleep pattern could possibly increase risk of break-through seizures. Please discuss with your doctor, if work schedule not changeable, as during waking state can use nuvigil, and when wears off, you can sleep better. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more