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How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

No magic number: This type of seizure is uncommon, mostly person drop to ground because of loss of tone drop attacks could be atonic, myoclonic or other kind of seizures having said that--atonic seizures are characteristic of certain epileptic syndromes. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possibly: Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that. ...Read more

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Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Yes: The eeg maybe normal even with clinical seizures. Your neurologist may suggest a prolonged eeg with video monitoring. ...Read more

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Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes: Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age. ...Read more

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Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Not a trigger: Am unaware that changes in humidity can affect seizure frequency or intensity. However, an infection causing a fever, could make the susceptibility higher if a humid environment worked against lowering the temperature. ...Read more

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How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people are have photosensitive seizures, caused not necessarily by changing color but the flicker frequency of the changes. This was previously called tv epilepsy, but new screens do not cause this. Consult a neurologist who may suggest medication and a particular frequency of blue sun glasses that makes the likelyhood of seizures less likely. Also avoid flickering lights. ...Read more

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Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

You're special: Many things can cause seizures. One bump on the head too many can do it. Some families have an inherited tendency to develop Epilepsy. This might not be the case with your's. It is reasonable to ask your doctor why they think you have developed seizures. I'm sure they will give you a good answer. ...Read more

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Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Complex partial sz: I think you may be referring to complex partial seizures and those that secondarily generalize. It is very common to have seizures that start in one area of the brain with loss of awareness followed by spreading to involve the whole brain. It is called complex partial epilepsy with secondary generalization. Hope that helps answer your question. ...Read more

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How fast does a strobe have to flash to cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Mostly at 10 hz: In people who are susceptible to photosensitive seizures only 3%, abnormality on eeg usually appear at 10hz, meaning 10 flashes per second. ...Read more

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Can following a bike's flashing led trigger seizures in strobe-sensitive epilepsy?

Absolutely!: Each person with epilepsy may or may not have triggering factors; whether the led will cause a seizure depends on the speed of the flash as well as the individual. If the flash frequency is really slow, it may not trigger a seizure. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more