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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 consciousness. " ...Read more


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Do people with asperger's and epilepsy develop later in life the epileptic conditions?

Do people with asperger's and epilepsy develop later in life the epileptic conditions?

Possibility: Persons with autism spectrum have a 30 to 35 percent risk of developing epilepsy. Experience is that most cases develop by adolescence. Generally if you have passed adolescence and child bearing, you have passed the risk period. Be cautious anyway and practice good health habits. ...Read more

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What life style changes do I need to make if I was diagnosed with epilepsy?

What life style changes do I need to make if I was diagnosed with epilepsy?

Some restrictions: In most states, driving is restricted until it is clear that seizures are fully controlled. If still experiencing events, do not drive, operate power equipment, do activities at heights, or swim or take bath alone. However, if you find an effective medicine with tolerable side effects, make certain you never miss, and get help if you are sick and cannot swallow your pills. ...Read more

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Can epilepsy develop at a certain age? Can a person go their whole life without any seizures then all of a sudden start having them?

Can epilepsy develop at a certain age? Can a person go their whole life without any seizures then all of a sudden start having them?

Yes: If conditions are just right patients can have seizures at any age. Secondary causes need to be evaluated ofcourse but seizures are unpredictable. ...Read more

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Hello, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and haven't had a seizure in my life. How is that possible?

Hello, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and haven't had a seizure in my life. How is that possible?

Opinion: Epilepsy involves repetitive episodes of altered consciousness, and a variety of epilepsy, complex partial seizures is associated with frequent amnesia for the spells. Perhaps this is what your doctor feels is present. An EEG could be abnormally paroxysmal and lead to diagnosis, but abnormal brain waves are not necessarily due to seizures. Think a second opinion is in order. ...Read more

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I don’t want to take epilepsy medication anymore. Miserable side effects (tried many of them) and pitiful quality of life. Are there alternatives?

Yes, alternatives but: There are many alternative therapies that can help but no guarantee they'll help you- but you won't find out unless you try them. There are many diff. Drugs & you may find some with less side effects. Rarely surgery can cure epilepsy- depends on the type. Taurine, magnesium, herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy & diet changes can help:
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Many find medical marijuana works best. ...Read more

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Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. 53 years old. Only seizure she's ever had. She's now on medication. Can she still have a full life expenctancy?

Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. 53 years old. Only seizure she's ever had. She's now on medication. Can she still have a full life expenctancy?

Yup: Sometimes the first seizure is the ONLY seizure someone ever has. The decision about treatment is rather variable, and hard to say without knowing the history, exam, EEG, MRI, etc. Having said that, very typically life expectancy is fine. ...Read more

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Is it true that seizures early in life due to a high fever but not epilepsy cause frequent fainting later in life?

NO: I have never heard that. Febrile seizures in children under five years old are relatively common and I have never heard of such an association. Fainting can be caused by dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, emotional response, and occasionally cardiac issues....And can occur any time in life. ...Read more

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Mom was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. First seizure. Should she be on anticonvulsants or no? I've heard they cut years off life and seizures r harmles

Mom was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. First seizure. Should she be on anticonvulsants or no? I've heard they cut years off life and seizures r harmles

Epilepsy: Yes it can occur at this age too. Definately she needs to be treated. Seizures are not normal. So go ahead start the treatment. ...Read more

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6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

Kids are resilient..: Without knowing any of the details, it is impossible to say. In general, children have an amazing capacity to recover from adverse events. The child's doctors can hopefully give some guidance as to what to expect, but sometimes all we can do is provide supportive care and hope that the child recovers. Time will tell. I hope she gets better soon. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and I take depakote sprinkles 125 milligrams twice a day and I would like to know can I drink yogi blueberry slim life green tea.?

Yogi blueberry: If you have not been taking yogi blueberry slim life green tea you could try it for a short time. If that works go ahead and enjoy your drink.
If you have symptoms please let your doctor know.
If you have been drinking this without trouble, feel free to enjoy it. ...Read more

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I had a seizure for the first time in my life a year ago. No family hostory of epilepsy I smoke Marijuana more than occasionally. Can this be a cause?

I had a seizure for the first time in my life a year ago. No family hostory of epilepsy I smoke Marijuana more than occasionally. Can this be a cause?

Neurologist: Regardless what is the cause, seizure is an indication of a serious brain injury or disease you need to be under the care of a neurologist for proper medication and evaluation
guessing for the cause, and the lack of personal, and family history does not make it less serious or dangerous
please go and see a neurologist ...Read more

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I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

Complex: The epilepsy won't affect the tumor, indeed it may be a result of the tumor. Removing the tumor surgically and following with radiation and/or chemotherapy will help with seizure control. Some anti-seizure medications interfere with some chemotherapy, so your doctors will have to adjust what they give you to avoid problems with that. ...Read more

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How common is epilepsy?

How common is epilepsy?

3rd most common: According to the epilepsy foundation website, epilepsy is the third most common neurological disease in the US after Alzheimer's and stroke. It affects almost 3 million Americans and 50 million persons worldwide. ...Read more

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How do you get epilepsy?

How do you get epilepsy?

Multiple reasons: Epilepsy, a condition characterized by recurrent, unprovoked epileptic seizures, has multiple causes. These include: genetic, head trauma, certain brain infections, and stroke. Even with the most sophisticated diagnostic techniques, there are a significant number of cases in which the cause is not known. This, of course, does not mean that the person does not have epilepsy. ...Read more

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How do you get epilepsy?

How do you get epilepsy?

Many ways: Genetics is one way. Some even believe that even in the "non-genetic epilepsies, " that there is a "genetic predisposition" that makes some people more susceptible to developing epilepsy from head trauma, stroke, dementia, encephalitis, or brain tumors. ...Read more

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How can you get epilepsy?

Epilepsy: 33 M TN asks: How can you get epilepsy? ANS: inherited, Birth trauma, brain injury, viral or bacterial infection, brain tumor, immune disease to mention the major causes and idiopathic. Idiopathic is Dr. Talk for we don't know what causes it. ...Read more

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How do humans get epilepsy?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Multiple causes: People can get epilepsy due to genetic factors, brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, infection, stroke, degenerative disease or congenital malformations. ...Read more

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Who's at risk for epilepsy?

Seizures: There is no single cause for epilepsy; structural derangement, space occupying lesions, toxic and metabolic features, in born errors, traumatic brain injury and other may cause epilepsy. In a simple terms uncontrolled electrical discharges from brain cells may result in seizures and epilepsy. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose epilepsy?

By EEG: Epilepsy is diagnosed by the description of the seizure by the patient or a witness and an eeg. Seizures can be precipitated by a number of factor including drugs sleep deprivation and very low blood sugar. Excluding these and other possilbe causes is important in diagnosing epilepsy. Depending on you age, imaging of the brain may be indicated. ...Read more

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How does someone get epilepsy?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Multiple causes: People can get epilepsy due to genetic factors, brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, infection, stroke, degenerative disease or congenital malformations. ...Read more

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What is known as silent epilepsy?

What is known as silent epilepsy?

Nonconvulsive: Its usually a seizure withou shaking. Usually manifests as staring. ...Read more

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What does a person get epilepsy?

As above: This is a neurological condition with many types, talk with u pcp about it or research it on the net. ...Read more

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How common is epilepsy in teenagers?

2 to 3 percent: Puberty can be stressful to brain function. Primary epilepsy such as jme or cpe may emerge then. Drug reaction, head trauma, brain infections, brain tumors may present then. Emotional stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, all may increase risk for seizures. Pseudo seizures may develop. ...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


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more