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Former buiz owner, suffered 21 strokes, several grand mal seizures & brain damaged. Outside of meds, any suggestion? I want to get back into biz.

Former buiz owner, suffered 21 strokes, several grand mal seizures & brain damaged. Outside of meds, any suggestion? I want to get back into biz.

Healthy living: Looks like you may have pretty rough events. The best person to assess and give you sound advice is your doctor regarding whether you can get back to work. ...Read more

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


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What is the difference between a seizure and a mini stroke?

What is the difference between a seizure and a mini stroke?

Different: Simply put, a seizure is an abnormal electrical activity of the brain. Tia is caused by disruption in blood flow to a part of the brain causing temporary impaired function. ...Read more

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Can stroke or seizure from ritalin (methylphenidate) cause permanent damage? How long after would damage be seen?

Can stroke or seizure from ritalin (methylphenidate) cause permanent damage? How long after would damage be seen?

YES: For stroke: acute damage presents either immediately or shortly thereafter. Damage would depend on the extend and damage caused by the stroke. Sometimes treatment (med ; occup therapy) can mitigate longterm damage. With seizure, usually no longterm damage (unless injury during seizure), but repeated generalized seizures can alter cognition. ...Read more

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What are possible outcomes after a stroke and chronic seizures and no relief from seizure meds? Gma is sedated and not responding to meds. 1 week now.

What are possible outcomes after a stroke and chronic seizures and no relief from seizure meds? Gma is sedated and not responding to meds. 1 week now.

It depends: On several factors. The effects of a stroke depends on its size & location. There are dozens of stroke syndromes from mild to devastating. You give no specifics. Also "chronic seizures" is vague. She is "not responding [how is she not responding? ] to meds [what meds? ]" Also unclear is the significance of her being sedated. An answer to your post requires more & more coherent information. ...Read more

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Can u helpMe? Patient had 1mm pupils that did not react to light. 60+yr old history of stroke&seizure. MyTeacherConcernedThatIDontKnowHowToAssessPupils

Can u helpMe? Patient had 1mm pupils that did not react to light. 60+yr old history of stroke&seizure. MyTeacherConcernedThatIDontKnowHowToAssessPupils

If the pupils are: Really constricted down to 1mm it would be very difficult to see changes with light reflex. It may be the teacher that doesn't know how to assess the student (pupil!) ...Read more

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My tongue is thicker than it b4 I had my stroke or seizure and has some little white patches on them I am going by what other people tell me just wond?

My tongue is thicker than it b4 I had my stroke or seizure and has some little white patches on them I am going by what other people tell me just wond?

Stroke: A stroke can lead to difficulty speaking and weakness and numbness in the facial and mouth muscles leaving a person with the sensation of a thick tongue. The tongue difficulties will lessen over time. The white patches may signify thrush which is a yeast infection of the mouth. After a stroke and with diabetes, yeast infections are common and reflect a weakened immune system. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stroke and a seizure?

What is the difference between a stroke and a seizure?

Much difference: A seizure is a sudden electrical surge in the brain usually related to brain malformation or dysplasia. Seizures can also be related to tumors or metastasis in the brain. Damage to brain by trauma, ischemia, and metabolic disorders can also result in seizure. Stroke is usually from blood vessel clot or narrowing due to atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and hemorrhage from aneurysm. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

Not rare: In the older age group, seizures are often caused by cerebrovascular disease, and needs preventative treatment. Many anti-epileptic drugs are useful, but since older folks take multiple meds, best to find one without drug-drug interactions, such as lyrica, keppra, vimpat, (lacosamide) neurontin, etc. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

Not unusual: Approx 10% of stroke patients have seizures within 5 years after a stroke. Some of these patients have multiple seizure episodes, and are diagnosed with post-stroke epilepsy.

Seizures soon after stroke may be related to blood product irritation (hemorrhagic strokes) or related to decreased blood flow, hypoxia (low oxygen) or other factors for ischemic (embolic) stroke. ...Read more

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Can you explain the differences between a stroke, TIA, seizure, and syncope?

Can you explain the differences between a stroke, TIA, seizure, and syncope?

Differences: Stroke is brain damage related to decreased blood flow to the brain. Symptoms vary depending on where in the brain the damage is done. TIA is symptoms like stroke that go away. It can be a warning sign of increased risk for stroke. Seizure is caused by a focus of abnormal electrical activity in the brain; symptoms depend on the location in the brain of that activity. Syncope is fainting. ...Read more

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Will the seizure and jerking ever stop its been 4 years since small stroke 4 hours since last seizure im told by daughter?

Will the seizure and jerking ever stop its been 4 years since small stroke 4 hours since last seizure im told by daughter?

Some directions: The stroke seemingly is the underlying culprit, but your daughter needs far better seizure control. Many medications are available, and if part of the jerking involves myoclonus, you might find added success with Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but other drugs may help. In some cases, if more than three drugs have been used without significant benefit, might consider a vagal nerve stim unit. ...Read more

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My dad is 60 years old he had 5 strokes so far and two days ago he had a seizure. What should we do for him? The E.R. did not give him any medication.

Should treat this: Although seizures are not normally dangerous- these are things to consider:
1. He should not drive (a seizure makes that dangerous)
2. He should use medication to prevent seizures, since he may have another one
3. stroke risk factors should be addressed

A commonly used medicine for this scenario is levetiracetam (keppra) ...Read more

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What medical condition causes a heat stroke and seizure?

What medical condition causes a heat stroke and seizure?

Probably dehydration: Dehydration occurs with prolonged exertion in hot conditions. This can cause loss of consciousness, heat stroke, or even seizure. Infection and high fever may also cause a seizure, but not heat stroke. ...Read more

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Can migraines give u seizure like symptoms. I know they do strokes but I had a seizuer but I was still coherant but could not remember dates and days?

Seizure or migraine: Probably the greatest similarity between migraine symptoms and seizure symptoms is the "positive visual symptoms" that some people with migraines get. These feel like shiny lights, dots, waves or other visual distortions prior to the headache. Sometimes these are similar to occipital epileptic seizures. ...Read more

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Can a stroke cause a seizure without losing consciousness?

Simple vs complex: Complex seizures are ones that impair one's level of consciousness. Simple ones do not. Different strokes could cause one or the other, depending on how large and where the stroke is. ...Read more

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How could a stroke/seizure cause some loss of memory?

Interrupts nerve fun: Seizures are caused by elctrical discharges through pat or all of the central nervous system. These discharges interrupt normal transmission through the brain and interfere with normal brain function; i.e. Thninking, cocentrating, remembering, as well as motor, speech and other brain activities. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for status epilepticus? Left sided stroke, craniotomy, seizure free first 1 1/2 yrs. 2 seizure meds episodes min 75days apart

What is the prognosis for status epilepticus? Left sided stroke, craniotomy, seizure free first 1 1/2 yrs. 2 seizure meds episodes min 75days apart

Status epi: Long-lasting status is a difficult case and can be serious. People who have recovered from status have a much better prognosis, with rare relapses, but they should continue anticonvulsant medications afterwards. They will likely always be on at least one medicine. ...Read more

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In uteto stroke, abnormal EEG, no seizures. Drs say abnormality on EEG can be from stroke site. Can anyone elaborate? Is it likely to not hv seizure?

In uteto stroke, abnormal EEG, no seizures. Drs say abnormality on EEG can be from stroke site. Can anyone elaborate? Is it likely to not hv seizure?

EEG Findings: I would need more information to provide a better answer, but most likely the EEG showed some focal slowing without any seizure like discharges that would indicate a structural lesion. In this case, most likely a stroke. The likelihood of having a seizure has many other factors that need to be considered. ...Read more

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Can a frontal lobe seizure imitate a stroke?

Can a frontal lobe seizure imitate a stroke?

Yes...: It is always possible that any insult, mass effect, infection or electrical imbalance that triggers seizures can manifest in a similar way, reason why it is important to get an immediate evaluation when symptoms are suggestive of any serous brain problem. ...Read more

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What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen

Heart: Seizures would be unusual at adult unless trauma, tumor, stroke

heart and stroke have similar risk factors of atherosclerosis and personal behavior
no smoking
regular exercize
weight control
monitor cholesterol and blood pressure
see simple seven at aha web site. ...Read more

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What are the signs that someone might be having a heart attack, stroke, seizure, or is fainting. What is the appropriate response?

What are the signs that someone might be having a heart attack, stroke, seizure, or is fainting. What is the appropriate response?

Chest and brain: Heart attack is damage to heart
stroke is damage to brain

some heart attack patients may be from emboli, or have low cardiac output and also damage brain with hypoxia
both have some common risk!
smoking
obesity
high blood pressure
diabetes
hyperlipemia
prevention is best
acute care is an emergency. Call 911, take an Aspirin and go to er. ...Read more

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I heard that if you have sleep apnea you will more than likely have a seizure? Or a stroke if not treated I have had several seizures and one stroke.

I heard that if you have sleep apnea you will more than likely have a seizure? Or a stroke if not treated I have had several seizures and one stroke.

Treat sleep apnea: The standard therapy involves a C-PAP unit, but some custom dental splints work in many. Yes, sleep apnea does provide a risk, and needs focused intervention. But also, you should be taking anti-epileptic meds, and stroke preventatives. See a neurologist and address all of this ...Read more

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Can tingling in left hand mean seizure or stroke?

Can tingling in left hand mean seizure or stroke?

More likely nerve: Most likely a carpal tunnel or ulnar nerve problem. Although tingling in hand can be associated with other signs of stroke or seizure, the likelihood of these quite low in absence of arm weakness or loss of consciousness, respectively. ...Read more

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What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen had 2 seizures at 16 none since

What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen had 2 seizures at 16 none since

None: Seizures with fever are not uncommon but worth following up.
Risk reduction strategy from aha
no smoking
weight control
check BP and blood fats lipids
regular cardiovascular exercise. ...Read more

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My right eye has been twitching for the past few days. It usually happens when I'm at work between 3-11pm. Possible seizure? Stroke? Get it checked?

My right eye has been twitching for the past few days. It usually happens when I'm at work between 3-11pm. Possible seizure? Stroke? Get it checked?

More likely: Ocular myokymia, which may be due to stress, eyestrain, chemical imbalance, lack of sleep, fatigue, etc. Does not sound like seizure or stroke. Might check in with ophthalmologist, and get this addressed. ...Read more

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My 20 mth son shows seizure for 1ess than 10 seconds 1/2times/day. MRI told swelling in the temporal lobe and stroke in frontal lobe. Is it curable? Pls

My 20 mth son shows seizure for 1ess than 10 seconds 1/2times/day. MRI told swelling in the temporal lobe and stroke in frontal lobe. Is it curable? Pls

Need further info: It is unclear what is meant by "swelling" in the temporal lobe as that could indicate several things and a previous stroke can certainly be the cause of seizures. Likelihood of curable is low but these seizures are often treatable as there are many effective anti-seizure medications available. Please see a pediatric neurologist or make a consult appointment with me for further guidance. ...Read more

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Wife had 2 grand mal siezure when she was 12 non since but is on medicine but still no one knew what caused any ideas what might have caused?

Wife had 2 grand mal siezure when she was 12 non since but is on medicine but still no one knew what caused any ideas what might have caused?

Childhood seizrue: Fevers or infections can cause seizures at that age. It is a common time for generalized seizures to start but most of the time kids will outgrow these seizures. It is probably worth going to see a neurologist to see if your wife still needs to take medicines for her seizures. ...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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Are grand mal the same as generalized seizures?

Are grand mal the same as generalized seizures?

Grand mal Sz.: Grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizure is a subtype of generalized seizures. Other types of generalized seizures are absence seizures (petit mal), myoclonic seizures, tonic seizures, clonic seizures, & atonic seizures. ...Read more

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How often do small seizures lead to a grand mal?

How often do small seizures lead to a grand mal?

Complex partial szs.: Focal seizures can often generalize and cause a convulsion. This is characteristic of complex partial seizures, which can start on one side of the brain and generalize. Drugs to control epilepsy will often suppress the evolution to a grand mal event. ...Read more

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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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What is the best way to address grand mal seizures?

Accurate description: The best way to define a seizure is to view it from start to finish with all sensory and motor events recorded as well as the on-going eeg. If it starts in one area of the brain, it is partial. If it starts all over, it is generalized. If there is alteration of consciousness, it is complex. Grand mal should not be used. ...Read more

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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

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What is the definition or description of: Grand mal seizures?

What is the definition or description of: Grand mal seizures?

Type of seizure: Grand mal seizures are a type of seizure where the patient develops loss of consciousness with violent muscle contractions. It is due to abnormal electrical activity of the brain. This can be caused by trauma, stroke, hypoglycemia, or infection. ...Read more

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What are the differences between petty mal or grand mal seizures?

Peti mal seizures: The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, possible arm or leg movements and it stops fairly shortly. A grand mal seizure is more prolonged and has a great effect on the body. Typically are serious prolonged movements of arms/leg involuntary urination. ...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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Could I die from having a grand mal seizure?

Take your medication: Yes, if you have a generalized seizure at heights or have spell while driving, you could easily meet your maker. If you do not take your medications, and have nocturnal episodes, SUDEP, sudden death in epilepsy might be another risk. If you have good medical control, risks are rather low. ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more