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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

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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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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?

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