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Might having grand mal seizures entitle me to disablility?

Might having grand mal seizures entitle me to disablility?

Possibly: Talk to your doctor about this issue. You may be eligible but it's important to know how well controlled the seizures are and the type of work you are skilled to do, particularly if it involves more risky duties such as driving or operating heavy machinery. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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What can I do to address tonic clonic convulsive seizures?

What can I do to address tonic clonic convulsive seizures?

Ask your neuro: A lot of good medicime, keppra, (levetiracetam) depakote, lamictal--get all the studies needed-mri, eeg---follow with your doctor need blood levels-- have a rescue med like ativan, valium available to use in emergency. ...Read more

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Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Yes: Grand mal is another name for tonic clonic which has 2 phases in succession stiffening and jerking trashing and kicking is not a good description, because it may not be a seizure at all. ...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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How can you tell the difference between a petit and grand mal seizure?

How can you tell the difference between a petit and grand mal seizure?

Very different: An eeg tells the definitive difference because they have different brain wave patterns. But clinically petit mal are absence seizures where the person just blanks out for a second and then starts up like nothing happened. Grand mal involves the whole body in what is called tonic-clonic where arms and legs twitch and convulse. Eyes roll back in head, loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me if i had a petit mal seizure, do I have epilepsy?

Hmmmm....: "petit mal" is an old term for "absence seizures, " but non-neurologists often mistakenly use the term as a synonym for "complex partial seizure." either way, having multiple unprovoked seizures constitutes "epilepsy." developing absence seizures at you age would be distinctly uncommon, whilst complex partial would be much more typical. ...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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I would like to know how does Petit mal causes Learning difficulties?

I would like to know how does Petit mal causes Learning difficulties?

Intermittent: The seizures interrupt the patient's life for brief intervals during which he or she may be trying to learn. In that sense, it impairs learning, sort of like sleeping in class for brief moments or not paying attention. ...Read more

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Hi.I would like to know which syndrome causes petit mal epilepsy?

Hi.I would like to know which syndrome causes petit mal epilepsy?

Often none!: "Absence seizures" are often not associated with any other syndrome. Sometimes there is known cause. Sometimes kids who have febrile seizures seem to develop petit mal seizures. Sometimes it's hereditary and there is a family history of petit-mal seizures. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/petit-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021252 People with porphyria can have petit-mal. ...Read more

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I would like to know can temporal resection surgery cure petit mal epilepsy.

No: Petit mal is a generalized epilepsy usually seen in children. It responds to Ethosuccamide or Depakote. It resolves on its own by age 14 in virtually all boys and most girls. Perhaps you are thinking of Complex Partial Epilepsy which sometimes can be treated with anterior temporal surgery (if the seizure focus is in that anterior temporal lobe) ...Read more

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How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

Hard to tell: The best way to tell would be either having an EEG while you have the symptoms, or having a headache or a seizure after the symptoms. But if these symptoms are isolated, and this is all the information we have, it cannot be definitely called a seizure or a migraine aura. ...Read more

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Can you have gran mal seizures in your sleep?

Seizures in sleep: Yes. Seizures can occur at any time. They are more likely in the transitions from waking to sleep. But there are also sleep disorders that can look like seizures but are not, for example rem behavior disorder, and sometimes periodic limb movement disorder. Sleep disorders are treated differently. I would urge you to see a sleep disorders specialist, preferably one who is a neurologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. ...Read more

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

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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What symptoms does petit Mal have.

What symptoms does petit Mal have.

Variable: Petite Mal Siezures are brief losses in consciousness which are usually NOT EVEN NOTICED by the Patient! Most of the time observers report the event(s) as "staring off in space" EEG study is the best way to diagnose this condition! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Can you explain what petite grandmal seizures are? And do to a person?

No: The terms you are using are long since obsolete. They were removed from the standard nomenclature of seizures a long time ago & their use should be avoided. What you're asking can't be answered in 400 characters. The websites of the Epilepsy Society & the Epilepsy Foundation have very good explanations of seizures for the lay public. I recommend you check them out for more imformation. ...Read more

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Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Absence seizures: Typically last 1-3 seconds and may occur up to 200 or more times a day. One is unaware of their lapses as it is a generalized seizure. Ethosuccamide and Valproate are treatments. ( may Worsen with sodium channel drugs like Lamictal . partial complex epilepsy and JME are much more common in a 30 year old than " petit mal" which if not part of JME syndrome typically is outgrown by age 14 ...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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Want to learn more about mental process of dissociation. Am diagnosed with epilepsy (grand mal and aphasic seizures). MDs seem to know little about ?

Want to learn more about mental process of dissociation.  Am diagnosed with epilepsy (grand mal and aphasic seizures). 
MDs seem to know little about
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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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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Tonic Clonic Seizure (Definition)

A tonic clonic seizure is a generalized seizure involving loss of consciousness and is associated with both ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more