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Is generalized epilepsy a progressive, degenerative disorder?

Is generalized epilepsy a progressive, degenerative disorder?

Not progressive: Epilepsy is the term we use for recurrent seizures which are not caused by tumor or degenerative brain diseases. Although epilepsy may begin at any age, it usually does not worsen or cause increasing problems over time. However, a prolonged seizure can do permanent harm, so it is important to work closely with a neurologist to keep seizures well-controlled on meds which aren't causing side effects.

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. " ...Read more


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Does benign muscle fasciculations mean im at an increased risk of developing ALS in the future? Or another neurological disease like epilepsy?

Does benign muscle fasciculations mean im at an increased risk of developing ALS in the future? Or another neurological disease like epilepsy?

See neurologist: Sounds like you have already seen a physician who gave you the diagnosis of benign fasciculations. If still concerned I would see a neurologist. You are not at risk for epilepsy. If truly benign, you would not be at risk for other neurologic disorders.

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I have neutropenia, a autoimmune disease. Also I have epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. I have chronic bouts of sinus infection. What should I do?

I have neutropenia, a autoimmune disease. Also I have epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. I have chronic bouts of sinus infection. What should I do?

Chronic sinusitis: Patient with immunodeficiency are prone to recurrent sinusitis caused by bacteria or fungus. See ENT doctor for culture, ct scan and treatment.

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Left back pain under my ribs for the last few nights, history-TBI with post traumatic epilepsy (taking carbamazepine) non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Also over the last year I have been to the ER a few times and last time I was at the ER (seizure) I w

Left back pain under my ribs for the last few nights, history-TBI with post traumatic epilepsy (taking carbamazepine) non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Also over the last year I have been to the ER a few times and last time I was at the ER (seizure) I w

Have it looked into: Nocturnal seizures can result in feeling beat up the next day (and having no recall of the seizure) In any event your seizures are not completely controlled with the current therapy. Check your Tegretol level, liver function, sodium, magnesium, calcium, Vit D and Tegretol 10-11 epoxide. Consider a different approach to seizure prophylaxis.

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What sort of disorder is epilepsy?

What sort of disorder is epilepsy?

Unprovoked Seizures: Epilepsy is a constellation of disorders with a common definition: the tendency toward recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The term "epilepsy' applies to anyone who has had more than one unprovoked seizure. Seizures, however, can take on many forms; from staring off for a few seconds, to prolonged, violent convulsions. Epilepsy is simply a word that tells us a patient has recurrent seizures.

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What medical remedies are safe for mood disorders in people with epilepsy?

What medical remedies are safe for mood disorders in people with epilepsy?

Antidepressants...: Although antidepressants have not been well studied in epilepsy and can even cause seizures in someone not on their medication, antidepressants have been used safely. Avoid wellbutrin, (bupropion) and Anafranil and talk to your doctor and tell them if you have epilepsy.

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Which medications work best for someone who has epilepsy and schizoaffective disorder?

Which medications work best for someone who has epilepsy and schizoaffective disorder?

Antiepileptics: The most rational way to approach the treatment of comorbid conditions is to use medications which treat both. Anti epileptic medications are used as mood stabilizers as well. The most effective are lamotrigine, valproic acid, divalproex sodium, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentin, pregabalin. In any case, your doctor would try any, alone or in combination, and observe.

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If I had a operation for epilepsy. Is it still a chance will my child hered the diease.

If I had a operation for epilepsy. Is it still a chance will my child hered the diease.

Cause: If the cause of your epilepsy was genetic then despite your surgery the risk is still present that you will pass the genetic material on to a child. If the cause of your epilepsy was for some other reason then likely no. Receive genetic counseling if necessary. All the best.

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What are seizure disorders besides epilepsy?

What are seizure disorders besides epilepsy?

Many causes: There are many causes of seizures including, abnormalities of metabolism such as excessively low blood sugar, alcohol poisoning and drug intoxication, low oxygen to the brain during breathing problems, acute trauma to the head and brain, infections. These are not considered epilepsy. Epilepsy is defined as seizures coming directly from the brain without any of the above mentioned causes.

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Can you suffer from epilepsy as well as suffer from panic disorder?

Yes: Many patients who have epilepsy have panic attacks and other spells that are not epileptic. It is traumatic to have true seizures; that makes people more anxious about benign sensations that normal people ignore. It is sometimes hard to be sure if a spell is anxiety or epilepsy, but this needs to be carefully decided because one doesn't want to take more anti-seizure medication for panic.

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The most common neurological disorder preceding / associated with epilepsy is?

Depends upon age: The "most common" cause of epilepsy depends upon the age of the person. In the first years of life, birth injury, genetic causes, etc. Middle years of life--head trauma. Later in life, strokes and dementia. There is no age group for which brain tumor is the most common cause of new-onset epilepsy.

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I need help! How do I know if I have epilepsy/seizure disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have epilepsy/seizure disorder?

Get to a Neurologist: An EEG can confirm this or rule it out potentially if your having symptoms while being monitored.

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Are these symptoms of a type of seizure disorder or are they of epilepsy?

Are these symptoms of a type of seizure disorder or are they of epilepsy?

Need more info: Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures. A single seizure event may occur due to a cause that can resolve. Recurrent seizures with or without cause become epilepsy. Epilepsy may be cured if seizures stop occurring and medication is stopped.

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How do I know if I have epilepsy or movement disorder?

Neuro evaluation: Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a tendency for seizures. Seizures are difficult to define and may need a detailed eeg exam. Movement disorders are very complex. A good neurologist should be able to distinguish with careful history, examination, and appropriate studies.

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Is there any cases for seizure disorder (epilepsy) only happened when have a fever?

Is there any cases for seizure disorder (epilepsy) only happened when have a fever?

Yes: Febrile seizures happen when the temperature is rising, usually only one per febrile episode and lasting less than 15 minutes. If there are multiple seizures during a febrile illness or they last longer then the child may have a seizure disorder requiring treatment.

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Is Thermage safe for patients with a seizure disorder such as Epilepsy?

Is Thermage safe for patients with a seizure disorder such as Epilepsy?

No one knows because: Thermage, like other treatments marked for cosmetic change, never covered by "insurance", is not required to have performed prospective clinical trials for such safety issues. Thus only individual personal experiences, always biased, would be available. Epilepsy is also poorly understood, usually Txed with various molecules, though some have found efficacy with ketogenic diets &/or psychotherapy.

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. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...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