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Who knows?: The comatose patient never has memory for events, but unlikely that the seizures would cause pain. However, the two week duration of problems and seizures due create concern, and this seems ununsual. Would have anticipated better seizure control by now.. Advise a meeting with your entire hospital treatment team, and get explanation of what is occurring. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difficult to tell: Some very real seizure activity can look bizarre and can be labeled "non-epileptic seizures", such as some complex partial seizures, frontal lobe seizures, epilepsia cursiva. Some gm sz pts can have additional focal events later. However, in some cases, pts also develop emotional reactions to epilepsy. This is tough to sort out, so may be worthwhile to do ambulatory eeg, and see psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i get a medic alert bracelet if i hav bouts of low blood sugar causing partial seizures, confusion andoccasionslly unconsciouness?
? epilepsy: Convulsion is a term to describe a generalized seizure, with/ or without tongue biting and incontinence. This is a significant and dangerous event and if this is occurring, you need immediate medical attention. There are numerous causes of epilepsy, but electrical shocks causing this are quite uncommon. ...Read more
Yesterday, i had this episode where i had difficulty speaking, blurred vision, and almost fainted. I am having trouble forming thoughts. Anxiety?
Possible: Since you already have a history of anxiety, you may have experienced a panic attack. In a panic attack you can develop physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea, chills and chest pain. These symptoms will last for about 10 minutes or longer. See your dr. To rule out any possible medical causes of your symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: There are instances where individuals have had surgical procedures during a coma, depending upon the cause of the coma. This is a broad answer to a difficult question for which it is hard to make generalizations. On the other hand, some patients in a coma are not surgical candidates, and may not be eligible to receive surgery. ...Read more
Having a number of heart palpitations dizzy spells lately. Hypoglycemic. Also had 2 unit blood transfusion 3 months ago. Wondering if they're related?
I have been having seizures. After I have speech problems, not remembering, muscle aches, vomiting and migraines?
Postictal issues: Your seizures sound very much out of control, and likely represent convusive episodes, based on your description. The postictal confusion is not unusual, and headaches are often reported. Might propose you get evaluated for a different medication program and even consider a vagal nerve stimulator. ...Read more
Since 3 months ago a progression of prodromal flu-like symptoms, psychiatric problems, anterograde amnesia, now involuntary movements almost seizure.
Infection: These symptoms are concerning. Can get neurological conditions affecting the brain following flu-like illness, and this is something that requires medical attention now. In situations such as they, workup often includes a brain scan and perhaps even what is called a lumbar puncture to see if there is any inflammation/infection affecting the spinal fluid. ...Read more
Loss of bowel during sleep and unaware, fainting spells, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, vomiting in sleep. (all chronically occuring) even before klonopin (clonazepam)?
I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?
Has anyone experienced confusion, difficulty concentrating or thinking almost fainting with metformin?
Meditation?: In mindfulness meditation we're guided to expect that difficulty and to merely gently, non-judgementally bring attention back to the breath. It can happen more or less often during a sitting. The task is to return as soon as you notice you've strayed. You may get better at it with time, but it will always be the task. It is that ability we seek - not to concentrate on the breath. Think about it. ...Read more
Dizziness: Intercourse can cause an increase in blood pressure which might account for the dizziness. The chest pain is not normal, and needs to be addressed by a cardiologist. The increase in heart rate during intercourse can also cause dizziness and faintness, but again, the chest pain is not normal so go see a cardiologist please. ...Read more
Can an alive body confuse us as it is dead? is a person having coma looks same like a dead one, which points of appearance distinct coma and death.
Tests to consider: Usually we pronounce some one dead if they do not respond to painful stimuli (rubbing chest with knuckles) no spontaneous respirations, no pulse and no audible heart tones and pupils are fixed and non responsive to light. In addition you can also look at a EKG or heart monitor to see if there is electrical activity of the heart. If all else fails we perform a EEG to look at brain wave activity ...Read more
Can one person without being in a coma have abnormal posturing? What are the causes of this symptom? Thanks.
Yes!! : Abnormal posturing can occur in a large variety of conditions from psychiatric states (e.g. Catatonic schizophrenia) to organic conditions including drug reaction , cerebral palsy, extrapyramidal disorders ( such as chorea, parkinson's disease, hemi ballismus dystonia's etc ) the list is not exhaustive! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As people understand: 2 things that people call diabetic coma, diabetic ketoacidosis, sugar get high, acid level in blood get high (you do not have Insulin to burn sugar so you burn protein and fat), and you get severely dehydrated and may go into shock. Severe hypoglycemic shock, blood sugar gets to low, the patient looses conciousness and might even have a seizure. Ironically both situations are very different. ...Read more
Circulatory pump: Mechanical circulatory devices are used for temporary support of certain patients w/ severe heart problems; some machines which pump and oxygenate the blood may be used for treating severe lung diseases as well. Patients whose hearts and lungs are ok but who are deeply sedated may be supported with a mechanical ventilator to move air in & out of the lungs but would not generally need a heart pump. ...Read more
I took 12 350mg somas alomg with more and ended up wetting the bed, I also took 12 norco, 16mg xanax, (alprazolam) 60mg oxycodone. I am a addict and have had a coma and blacked out before, am I lucky?
Hmm...: Hmm, I didn't noticed, but I wouldn't recommend you to go through this experience to get your youth back! Best! ...Read more
I have had severe food comas and food-induced insomnia for months. These symptoms appear related to portion sizes rather than specific foods. Causes?
Neuro-reflex: When the stomach becomes full there is a neurological reflex that tries to shut down the body in order to facilitate digestion. This causes a state of severe lethargy (coma?). However the body also stays alert to protect from danger - unable to sleep. You are expressing more of this reflex than normal. Get a thorough medical evaluation. Try frequent small meals with less carbohydrates. ...Read more
Varies: Even if a patient has a coma after an aneurysm rupture, they have a chance of recovery. It depends on the interventions that are taken by the neurosurgeon to reverse the cause of the coma. Frequently, there is excess pressure from hydrocephalus that is readily reversed. If the coma is because of damage to the brainstem, then the prognosis is not as good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.?
Low thyroid surgery: F of unknown age or medical Hx asks: How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.? ANS: low thyroid is evident by 4-6 weeks. It may take months to develop myxedema and its complications. ...Read more
Coma : Think of the brain as having a wake and sleep center. When something bad happens to the wake center of the brain, it can no longer do its job to keep the brain awake in the spectrum of maintaining cousiousess. This can be from an anatomic/structural and/or physiological problem. Some of these are reversible and some are unfortunately not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain injury: Deep centers of the brain control the ability to react to our environment and control our basic needs. When these deep centers are damaged we lose the ability to react and control. This is described as a state of coma. Brain swelling, brain infection, brain hemorrhage, stroke, trauma, all can result in a state of coma. Recovery depends on the degree of initial damage. ...Read more
Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multifactorial: Coma means unarousable unresponsiveness. It is caused by injury to both cerebral hemispheres or the central brain stem or both. The cause is either traumatic or non traumatic . Non traumatic causes are many - anoxic/ischemic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, degenerative, etc. It is a clinical term with many disease types as cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult question: It depends if the underlying reason that caused the coma is reversible or correctable. Even then it is difficult as it depends if there was too much insult to the brain or not. Recovery from coma is such a variable thing that it is difficult to answer without knowing about the specific situation. I wish i could be of more help on this, its just such a complicated thing. ...Read more
Resolution: Coma affects the base of the brain, brainstem, the same area responsible for concussion outcomes. As a disorder heals, and inflammation or swelling decreases, gradually the reticular activating system switches back on, and responses resume. However, on occasion this can be a lengthy restoration, maybe even months and very rarely yrs. ...Read more