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Doctor insights on: Grand Mal Epilepsy Of Unknown Cause

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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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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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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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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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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