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My aunt(from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures.Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?

My aunt(from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures.Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?

Consult neurologist: There are many reasons for seizures to manifest in children .Some of them may be hereditary .There are different type of seizures ,some hereditary others are not .These two children may or may not be getting same type .Consult neurologist about these children ,he can examine and explain about the risk of epilepsy in your children . ...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. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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What are appropriate toys for children with epilepsy? My 8 month-old nephew has epilepsy, which causes him to have seizures. I would like to get him some toys for christmas, but i don't know what would be appropriate or safe.

What are appropriate toys for children with epilepsy? My 8 month-old nephew has epilepsy, which causes him to have seizures. I would like to get him some toys for christmas, but i don't know what would be appropriate or safe.

Same as other 8mo.: The regular toys for infants in this age group are the same. Most 8mo do not do not have the motor skills or control to use the type of toys an older kid with epilepsy might get into trouble with. (bicycles, skateboards, etc.). ...Read more

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If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. there are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. your neurologist should have that information. ...Read more

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Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possibly: Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that. ...Read more

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Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Yes: The eeg maybe normal even with clinical seizures. Your neurologist may suggest a prolonged eeg with video monitoring. ...Read more

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Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes: Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age. ...Read more

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How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

No magic number: This type of seizure is uncommon, mostly person drop to ground because of loss of tone drop attacks could be atonic, myoclonic or other kind of seizures having said that--atonic seizures are characteristic of certain epileptic syndromes. ...Read more

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Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Not a trigger: Am unaware that changes in humidity can affect seizure frequency or intensity. However, an infection causing a fever, could make the susceptibility higher if a humid environment worked against lowering the temperature. ...Read more

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How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people are have photosensitive seizures, caused not necessarily by changing color but the flicker frequency of the changes. This was previously called tv epilepsy, but new screens do not cause this. Consult a neurologist who may suggest medication and a particular frequency of blue sun glasses that makes the likelyhood of seizures less likely. Also avoid flickering lights. ...Read more

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Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

You're special: Many things can cause seizures. One bump on the head too many can do it. Some families have an inherited tendency to develop Epilepsy. This might not be the case with your's. It is reasonable to ask your doctor why they think you have developed seizures. I'm sure they will give you a good answer. ...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


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more