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Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What does Generalized Convulsive Epilepsy, Without Mention of interactable epliesy.?

What does Generalized Convulsive Epilepsy, Without Mention of interactable epliesy.?

Ask a neurologist: Epilepsy (recurrent unprovoked seizures) is typically not something that would start in a 40 year old and be generalized at onset. (typically if you start having seizures at this age there is a cause other than genetics like a recent history of head trauma or stroke that would produce seizures that may become generalized after first starting in a specific location in the cerebral cortex).

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


Dr. Alon Seifan Dr. Seifan
Neurology
9 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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I was told after an extended EEG that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy, what does this mean?

I was told after an extended EEG that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy, what does this mean?

Epilepsy: It just means that you have epilepsy, thhe specific type of which is currently not known or mentioned, and that there is no suggestion that it will be a type of epilepsy that will be impossible to treat.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy and asked about it forgetting to mention they did see calcifacation in my brain..

I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy and asked about it forgetting to mention they did see calcifacation in my brain..

You may have answer: Brain calcification always has some causation, and these deposits may well be the nidus for your epilepsy. Since such areas could be due to metabolic disorder or prior parasite infestation, worthwhile to track down to make sure no further risks here.

Dr. Daniel Ziegler Dr. Ziegler
Emergency Medicine
26 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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I was told after a er visit that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy what does this mean.? I'm also 7 months pregnant thank you for responding.

I was told after a er visit that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy what does this mean.? I'm also 7 months pregnant thank you for responding.

See an Obstetrician: If you had a seizure during late pregnancy you most likely have preeclampsia which can be a serious complication. You need your blood pressure checked and urine protein measured. Don't mess around, see an obstetrician today! If you've never had a seizure before then it's likely this seizure is pregnancy related. If you cant find an OB, go back to ED and ask the doc to consult the OB on call.

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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What is known as intractable epilepsy?

What is known as intractable epilepsy?

Untreatable: About 60% of seizures are controlled by one medication 20% with more than one med, 10% with surgery, but fewer than 10% do not respond to any measures they are termed intractable, with recent advances in surgery, vagal nerve stimulation, special diets etc this number is shrinking!

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Dr. Lori Semel Dr. Semel
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Can the CBD oil currently available on Internet help control intractable epilepsy? How do you know what dose to use

Can the CBD oil currently available on Internet help control intractable epilepsy? How do you know what dose to use

For Davet'sSyndrome: CBD Oil is one of the 85 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis.It is a major phytocnnabinoid accounts for 40% of plants extract. It has been used in US for Davet's Syndrome under the brand name Epidiolex Davet's Syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy which is difficult to treat and is also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy is rare and intractable epilepsy and cbd oil may be good for

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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When is epilepsy is considered "refractory"? Tried couple of meds that work 4 for a bit but then seizures & migraines again. Getting frustrated.

When is epilepsy is considered "refractory"? Tried couple of meds that work 4 for a bit but then seizures & migraines again. Getting frustrated.

FLEXIBLE DEFINITION: In fact, full control is the goal, but "refractory" could imply just a few seizures monthly. Whenever using epilepsy medication, need to dose to maximum level, if tolerated. Then add second medicine if first is inadequate. A third medication has only a 3-4% chance of controlling seizures, and if this develops, consider a Vagal Nerve Stimulator. We have well over 20 AEDs, and one may be best.

Dr. Hanul Bhandari Dr. Bhandari
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
9 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Complex partial sz: I think you may be referring to complex partial seizures and those that secondarily generalize. It is very common to have seizures that start in one area of the brain with loss of awareness followed by spreading to involve the whole brain. It is called complex partial epilepsy with secondary generalization. Hope that helps answer your question.

Dr. Andrew Reeves Dr. Reeves
Neurology
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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Please tell me, could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Please tell me, could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Actually, yes: In fact, some people can have absence, tonic-clonic, and myoclonic seizures (most commonly seen in syndrome called jme).

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
27 years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Syed Jaffery Dr. Jaffery
Neurology
29 years in practice
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Why do certain people get epilepsy?

Why do certain people get epilepsy?

Cause of epilepsy: 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.

Dr. Andrew Reeves Dr. Reeves
Neurology
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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What exercises can I do with epilepsy?

What exercises can I do with epilepsy?

Depends: If your seizures are under good control, then just about anything. If not under good control, then you should avoid exercises which are risky in case a seizure happened (lifting free weights over yourself, swimming, etc.) Vigorous exercise does not tend to provoke exercise.

Dr. Robert Greer Dr. Greer
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What are the symptoms with history of epilepsy?

Symptoms of epilepsy: Many epileptics are not aware of their seizures. Characteristic will be repetitive, stereotypical episodes of non purposeful actions. There may be a history of falls and injury without knowing why, a feeling of familiarity with a place where you have not been before, finding yourself in a place but not know how you got there., episodes of confusion clearing in minutes to 24 hours.

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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At what age does epilepsy start? Is it hereditary?

Any age: Epilepsy may start in early childhood and in the elderly. There are different kinds of epilepsy, some of them are idiopathic (cause unknown), whereas others may have a plausible cause such as head injury. Epilepsy is not hereditary but may have increased incidence in relatives of people with epilepsy.

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Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Are males or females more likely to have epilepsy?

Both the same.: No significant sex difference is the risk of epilepsy. Some types are more often in girls (jme) and others in boys (absence) but overall the same risk. Some types are more related to age and some to puberty, and some are very genetic.

Dr. Syed Jaffery Dr. Jaffery
Neurology
29 years in practice
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Are there test that can prove or disprove epilepsy?

Test: Eeg monitoring is a good tool for seizures. But this test has its limitations; while having the test if the patient has seizures and eeg showing epileptic discharges then this is diagnostic. If the patient is having seizures while testing and eeg does not show epileptic discharges then we may be dealing with non epileptic seizures. A single normal eeg may not rule out the possibility of seizures.

Dr. Andrew Reeves Dr. Reeves
Neurology
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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How common is epilepsy? How can I know if I have it?

How common is epilepsy? How can I know if I have it?

Not rare!: Lifetime risk approaches 3 percent. If you are worried about having epilepsy, you should consult a neurologist.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Please tell me, could I get epilepsy without a cause?

Not really: There is always a cause, as abnormal brain tissue is the culprit in all cases, but we doctors don't always easily uncover causation. Quite common is nerve injury via head trauma, but there are congenital malformations, blood vessel abnormalities, prior encephalitis or meningitis, or even toxic effects of meds or recreational drugs. Sudden stopping of alcohol may also be impactful.

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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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