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Grand Mal Stroke
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
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
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
Why is my tongue different since I had my stroke and my seizure it is suppose to be like that. I was just wondering? It's was not like that before
Not enough info: What specifically is different about your tongue? ...Read more
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
Can u helpMe? Patient had 1mm pupils that did not react to light. 60+yr old history of stroke&seizure. MyTeacherConcernedThatIDontKnowHowToAssessPupils
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen
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!
high blood pressure
prevention is best
acute care is an emergency. Call 911, take an Aspirin and go to er. ...Read more
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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