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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 ...Read more


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Have grand mal Epilepsy, have many seizures. Am I damaging my brain each time I have one?

Have grand mal Epilepsy, have many seizures. Am I damaging my brain each time I have one?

NEED CONTROL: Each seizure, especially generalized event, does cause temporary metabolic change in area of involvement, and repetitive uncontrolled seizures can produce mirror foci, and spread of epileptiform areas. You may very well have more than one variety of seizure at this point. Perplexed as to what medications are being employed, and why you are out of control. Can we help via a Concierge visit? ...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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If I have epilepsy, would you recommend running track? There's no known cause and I have grand mal occasionally following with tonic.

If I have epilepsy, would you recommend running track? There's no known cause and I have grand mal occasionally following with tonic.

Participation in : aerobic exercise like running on a closed track under supervision actually helps reduce the frequency of seizures in some patients. However, you need to ask your neurologist if it is the right thing for you to do, as your school will require a medical release. Since your seizures are not controlled by your current regimen, also ask your neurologist if other treatment options are available. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures(doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent). You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Want to learn more about mental process of dissociation. Am diagnosed with epilepsy (grand mal and aphasic seizures). MDs seem to know little about ?

Seizure : These are all different things. The first is a mental process usually used to remove oneself from feeling during emotional trauma and the others are seizures ...Read more

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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...Read more

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Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Yes.: While JME is often fairly easy to treat (80+ percent of cases) there are cases which are terribly difficult to get under control. This may be perceived as worsening after the first identified seizure...which often is the first convulsion. ...Read more

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20 year old had first grand mal seizure 3 months ago. Eeg was done this week and showed spike & wave discharges during light sleep. Is this epilepsy?

20 year old had first grand mal seizure 3 months ago. Eeg was done this week and showed spike & wave discharges during light sleep. Is this epilepsy?

Complex issue: Epilepsy by definition is more than one seizure, and predicts future episodes if not controlled. Statistically, the risk of a future seizure within one year is 60%. The eeg is consistent with risk of future seizures, and i would therefore recommend usage of anti-epileptic meds, and no driving, activities at heights, use of power equipment until stable for at least 6 months. ...Read more

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What will taking lsd do to my brain/body if I have epilepsy and take the drug keppra? I only get seizures when falling asleep or waking up, and have never had a grand mal seizure, only petite mal. I take 2 keppra at night and 1 in the morning.

What will taking lsd do to my brain/body if I have epilepsy and take the drug keppra? I only get seizures when falling asleep or waking up, and have never had a grand mal seizure, only petite mal. I take 2 keppra at night and 1 in the morning.

STAY AWAY FROM LSD: Any hallucinogen has the potential to increase the number and severity of seizures, whether grand mal or petit mal. The worst ones are mdma and pcp, but lsd can cause problems as well. Furthermore, you do not know what you are taking when you get something called "lsd." it can literally be anything, and you are putting your life, your health and your trust into people who are dealing drugs. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

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

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Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

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

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What are the causes of a grand mal seizure?

Altered brain signal: Grand mal seizures occur when the electrical activity over the whole surface of the brain becomes abnormally synchronized. In general, seizures are caused by abnormal, rhythmic nerve cell (neuron) activity in the brain. The brain's nerve cells normally communicate with each other by sending electrical and chemical signals across the synapses that connect the cells.This is altered in seizures. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more

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Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Yes: Beyond bodily injury from seizing ie. Tongue biting, falls etc. Seizures, especially repeated uncontrolled seizures, can eventually lead to significant brain damage. Seizures that go on for a very long time can also lead to reduced oxygenation and brain injury (fortunately such prolonged seizures are quite rare). ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause an event that looks like a grand mal seizure, but isn't?

Is there anything that can cause an event that looks like a grand mal seizure, but isn't?

Some terminology: Many patients have non-epileptic or pseudo-seizures, which appear like epilepsy but are due to psychiatric issues. On occasion, a fainting spell occurs but a patient does not fully collapse to the floor, and a few epileptic like twitches may be seen. You doctor should help you sort all of this out. ...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