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Family History Of Epilepsy
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
Is epilepsy usually genetic or no? My mom was recently diagnosed at 53 but no family history of epilepsy.im 25 and concerned i may get it.i drive alot
Unlikely: That you have inherited a tendency to epilepsy from your mother is unlikely. For example, if she was ever knocked unconscious, that would be the most likely cause. In the elderly, the most likely cause is stroke. You can read about the various factors here: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/epilepsy-101/what-causes-epilepsy-and-seizures ...Read more
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?
Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? I am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. I tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec
No: Birth control pills aren't contraindicate due to your family history of breast cancer. If you are still smoking, they may be contraindicated depending on your age. Be sure to ask your doctor about this. There is a higher risk of blood clots and stroke while on birth control pills. Be sure you understand the risks. It sounds like you might really benefit from them! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 1/10...: About 10% of the population will have a seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy, defined as more than one seizure, is diagnosed in 1-3 % in the population. Grand mal seizures may be due to exposure/withdrawal of certain medications, toxins, fever (in children), illnesses (e.g. Encephalitis), head injury, or even low blood sugar, calcium, magnesium or sodium. Your doctor should evaluate soon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What malaria tablets should I buy for 5 days in kruger park.I have epilepsy not on medication now, this will be my honeymoon & want to start a family?
Enjoy: The two best choices would be Malarone and vibramycin. Malarone is a combination of proguanil and atovaquone. Vibramycin is the brand name for doxycycline. Other medications are known to lower the seizure threshold and since you are not on anti-epileptic medication the above two are best for you. These are both safe to take while trying to conceive. ...Read more
If my dad has epilepsy- diagnosed
@14. what r the chances i or my kids will develop it? 25-50% no other family hx of epilepsy
Risk of epilepsy: depends on several things including the type of epilepsy the family member has, the genetic make up of other parent and other factors that might put an individual at risk for a first seizure ( trauma, infection, lack of sleep, electrolyte imbalance, medications, and toxic / nutritional factors ) ...Read more
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