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Does Petit Mal Epilepsy Cause Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more
No: Sleep deprivation will not cause epilepsy but can provoke a seizure in epileptics and non-epileptics. I can make anyone seize if i drop their blood sugar low enough or sleep deprive them enough. Epilepsy is recurrent unprovoked seizures. Sleep deprivation can provoke a seizure but not cause epilepsy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In fact, that is what we call one of the ACTIVATING PROCEDURES when we want to test someone who is suspected of having seizures....we do what's called a SLEEP DEPRIVATION study which means they have to stay up 24 hrs. straight without sleep before coming to the lab. If you'd like to connect with me for more information look me up at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more
Possibly,: If you already have epilepsy, it can be an adverse trigger, but other triggers could involve recreational drugs, hypoglycemia, stress, lack of eating, some medication reactions, infection etc. If you have experienced a seizure for the first time, this needs evaluation, and possible therapy. ...Read more
Yes: Epilepsy needs to be treated, with either anti-epileptic meds, vagal nerve stimulator, surgery or all of the above. Sudep is death during sleep, seizure while driving or at heights can be deadly. While aspiration and suffocation quite rare, if it happens, it can be deadly. Got the picture, always try to prevent future seizures. ...Read more
What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?
May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?
?JME?: Not sure of your precise question, but will attempt an analysis. You may possess juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and if correct, your best drugs might be either Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) (lamictal may not work quite as well here. Yet, you may be sub-therapeutic based on your description). Also, you seem to have several complexities, and i wonder how all these inter-relate. Go over this with neurologist. ...Read more
Yes: YEs need evalaution and correct treatmentsGet a more detailed answer ›
This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more
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