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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (Overview)

Best described by janz in young women. Often with early morning muscle jerks and spasms but can also have associated convulsions. Fairly common and often develops during adolescence. Can be outgrown, but often continues as a primary generalized epilepsy. Eeg pattern very characteristic. Responds to specific medications especially depakote, zonegran, keppra, ? Vimpat, (lacosamide) genetic marking found.


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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
13 doctors shared insights

Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (Overview)

Best described by janz in young women. Often with early morning muscle jerks and spasms but can also have associated convulsions. Fairly common and often develops during adolescence. Can be outgrown, but often continues as a primary generalized epilepsy. Eeg pattern very characteristic. Responds to specific medications especially depakote, zonegran, keppra, ? Vimpat, (lacosamide) genetic marking found.


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I have a twelve year old daughter who may have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, does what she eat have anything to do with her developing this condition? And if she does have it do I have to change her eating habits?

I have a twelve year old daughter who may have juvenile myoclonic  epilepsy, does what she eat have anything to do with her developing this condition? And if she does have it do I have to change her eating habits?

No need to change: Jme is a very common and fairly benign form of epilepsy. Good health habits are important. Good sleep patterns, good exercise habits, and good nutrition habits. No special diet or restrictions other than good common sense. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
daily
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
Once
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What is the treatment for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

What is the treatment for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Depends: Valproate is very good, but should not be used with teenage girls. Keppra (levetiracetam) has helpful as well as topamax and zonegran. Needs a thorough evaluation by a good pediatric neurologist who knows about the disorder. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Gone with time: Most cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (jme) do have to remain on some medication for many years. There are some cases where they are able to discontinue medication within a couple years of treatment. This is not a cure, but is a condition of resolution of the condition with time. There is no specific treatment that is designed to cure. Medications help control as well as good health habits. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
once
Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

A form of epilepsy..: Usually seen in adolescents - described as involuntary spasms (or jerking) of an upper extremity (such as flinging a comb or a toothbrush) which may, about 1/4 of the time, also demonstrate generalized seizures later in life. Most do not, however. Usually worse in kids that are overly fatigued (e.g. Staying up late/poor sleep) and can sometimes be attributed to "typical teen behavior". ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

What is the definition or description of: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Petit mal sz's: Aka impulsive petit mal is a generalized idiopathic epilepsy of childhood. It typically occurs in otherwise healthy adolescents and is characterized by the triad of myoclonic jerks, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and absence seizures (also called petit mal). Seizures usually occur upon awakening or in association with sleep deprivation. Patients respond quickly and completely to antiepileptics. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Gone with time: Most cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (jme) do have to remain on some medication for many years. There are some cases where they are able to discontinue medication within a couple years of treatment. This is not a cure, but is a condition of resolution of the condition with time. There is no specific treatment that is designed to cure. Medications help control as well as good health habits. ...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


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