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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
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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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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

Dr. Erin Robertson Dr. Robertson
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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (Tip)

One hour at a time, each seizure it's own monster, sleep and start anew. ...See 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
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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
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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?

JME of Janz: 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. ...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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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

Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
Once
Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?

I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?

Myoclonic seizures: are most likely to occur around the time of awakening. Other seizure types associated with JME can occur in sleep more than when awake (focal seizures, GTC, secondarily generalized GTC) Absence seizures tend to be brought out by hyperventilation if they occur at all. No two cases, to me, are identical making diagnosis a bit tricky. Best of luck. (Treat with Depakote, Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal) ...Read more

Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy but I often find myself staring off into space as well. Is that common with JME or not?

Yes: part of JME is having myoclonic jerks, absent seizure and tonic clinic seizures. You need to make sure you are following up with neurologist to help monitor your seizures ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
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Join Spec ED Parents Organization
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I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?

Seizures : Stopping seizure meds can be an option. However not without close medical supervision. Talk with your doctor. Find out if the time is right. Going off these meds needs to be done gradually so as to not trigger a seizure again. It must be a great feeling to be seizure free. Staying without seizures is the goal. Do it with the council of your doctor ! ...Read more

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 ...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