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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. ...Read more

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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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Can my recently diagnosed epilepsy have to do with me having huntington's disease? Are seizures an early symptom of hd?

Can my recently diagnosed epilepsy have to do with me having huntington's disease? Are seizures an early symptom of hd?

Huntington disease: Usually present with irritability, mood symptoms, poor coordination and may include slow speech and seizure. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 marketed for cosmetics, is 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 Tx'ed with various molecules, though some have found efficacy with ketogenic diets &/or psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Autismspeaks. Org: There is increased risk of seizures with any brain pathology, be it cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or autism. The more severe the pathology, the higher the risk. Children with autistic spectrum disorders have a 2% risk of clinical epilepsy by age 5 & an 8% risk by age 10.If the child with autism also has intellectual disability, the risk is 35% at age 5 and 67% by age 10. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal pregnancy and healthy baby if you have an epilepsy disorder?

Can you have a normal pregnancy and healthy baby if you have an epilepsy disorder?

Yes: Yes you can. The most important questions your OB will ask is what medications are you on and when was your last siezure. Ideally, you'll want to be on as few anticonvusants as possible (one is preferable) and will need extra folate (folic acid) depending on your medications. Please see your physician for preconception counseling to iron out all these issues and best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Hi I was born with severe epilepsy seizure disorder and I was wanting to learn more about epilepsy.

Hi I was born with severe epilepsy seizure disorder and I was wanting to learn more about epilepsy.

Happy to speak 2 you: Sharing with you what I know about epilepsy will take more than 400 characters. Would you like to set up an appointment in my calendar? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make the appointment in the virtual calendar and I'll be happy to share information with you about epilepsy. Bring as much of YOUR info. As you have available; recent EEG's, names of meds, MRI results, etc. ...Read more

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Is it an epilepsy disorder if somebody has brain problems and severe myoclonic jerks?

Is it an epilepsy disorder if somebody has brain problems and severe myoclonic jerks?

Epilepsy: Is recurrent unprovoked seizures. People with myoclonic jerks may have a type of Epilepsy. Anoic brain injury can cause myoclonic seizures. One also sees Myoclonic seizures as part of the Epilepsy syndrome Juvenille Myoclonic Epilepsy. If unsure consult a Neurologist who treats seizures. ...Read more

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With a clear EEG and ct, is an epilepsy disorder still possible?

Yes: Eeg usually detects best coming from cortex an outer layer of brain. If seizure discharges come from deeper area of brain, it may not detect. Also some seizure discharges are intermittent. Ct scan is to find possible cause of a diagnosed epilepsy not the other way around. ...Read more

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What sort of metabolic disorders can cause epilepsy and specifically, temporal lobe epilepsy?

What sort of metabolic disorders can cause epilepsy and specifically, temporal lobe epilepsy?

Several disorders: Epilepsy (recurring seizures) can occur in several different types of inherited biochemical diseases, including organic acidemias, urea cycle disorders, fatty acid oxidation defects, and biotinidase deficiency. Temporal lobe seizures, often with sensory or auditory hallucinations, are usually not metabolic but may run in a family which is passing a genetic mutation from one generation to the next. ...Read more

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I have obsessive–compulsive disorder and epilepsy, is there a way to know if I've got the asperger's?

Aspergers: On the aspie front try to find a good psychologist who can give you a good background and developmental interview as well as checklists which may determine one way or another. This is my take on asperger's http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with ocd, epilepsy, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety disorder at the same time?

Is it possible to be diagnosed with ocd, epilepsy, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety disorder at the same time?

Yes it is: An individual could have a generalized anxiety disorder (or other anxiety disorders such as phobias or panic disorder) with obsessive compulsive disorder, epilepsy and a borderline personality disorder. A person often has more than one behavioral condition. ...Read more

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James, uk, 37, Epilepsy, anxiety, memory recall issues, muscular skeletal disorders. Queary, can static electricity cloth cause issues wi epilepsy?

James, uk, 37, Epilepsy, anxiety, memory recall issues, muscular skeletal disorders. Queary, can static electricity cloth cause issues wi epilepsy?

Not Enough Current!: Yes. If you are a flea. But to get from your skin through your skull past the cerebrospinal fluid deep into your brain would take a lot more than a little static spark. Of course then there's the topic of 'human spontaneous combustion.'but I'll leave you and Google for that. Now, static can screw-up other things, like electrical circuits, and some fine machinery, or the Hindenburg or a gas tank (BOOM!) ...Read more

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