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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

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Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

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 difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures(doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent). You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Yes.: While JME is often fairly easy to treat (80+ percent of cases) there are cases which are terribly difficult to get under control. This may be perceived as worsening after the first identified seizure...which often is the first convulsion. ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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Tonic-clonic seizure and epileptic seizure: are they the same thing?

Subset....: Tonic-clonic seizures are one type of epileptic seizure...Amongst many different types of seizures. ...Read more

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Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: is by definition recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recurrent provoked seizures are seen on occasion (for example the alcoholic who uses up his SSI monthly stipend who presents to the ER with alcohol withdrawal seizures on the 29th of the month) GTC seizures can occur for many reasons (taking too much Ultram, caffeine, cocaine, hypomagnesemia, hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, withdrawal from Benzodiazepine ...Read more

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What's the link between juvenile arthritis and febrile seizures?

What's the link between juvenile arthritis and febrile seizures?

None. : There is absolutely no clinically relevant link between jia/jra and febrile seizures. Febrile seizures do run in some families but this is completely unrelated jia. ...Read more

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May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?

May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?

?JME?: Not sure of your precise question, but will attempt an analysis. You may possess juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and if correct, your best drugs might be either Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) (lamictal may not work quite as well here. Yet, you may be sub-therapeutic based on your description). Also, you seem to have several complexities, and i wonder how all these inter-relate. Go over this with neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the odds of outgrowing juvenile myochlonic epilepsy and light photosensitivity?

What are the odds of outgrowing juvenile myochlonic epilepsy and light photosensitivity?

Juvenile Myoclonic: Epilepsy, with or without photosensitivity, persists into adulthood. Studies suggest 10-25% of affected people are able to wean off AED's in later adulthood. However, seizures can recur if weaned after 5- years or > seizure-free. Avoid fatigue, sleep deprivation & flickering visual stimuli from " screen time", fluorescent lights, disco balls etc.Wear a cap/hat with a large brim outside. ...Read more

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Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

It is a type of sz: A tonic clonic seizure is a type of seizure when there are alternating movements of muscle stiffening and contraction on both sides. There are many other types of seizures besides this one, including partial seizure, absence seizure, myoclonic seizure, complex partial seizure, etc. ...Read more

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What are some indicators of photosensitive epilepsy and/or partial complex seizures?

What are some indicators of photosensitive epilepsy and/or partial complex seizures?

Flashing lights: Relatively few folks actually have seizures triggered by flashing lights. Those that do, show twitches or jerks with flashing lights, and their seizures are almost never complex partial. They're myoclonic, absence, and / or convulsions (or a mix). ...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

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Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

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 are absence and petit mal seizures?

Petit mal Sz.: Petit mal seizure is an old term for absence seizure. There is interruption of consciousness where the person becomes unresponsive for up to half a minute, sometimes with slight muscle twitching. ...Read more

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What are myoclonic seizures?

Generalized Seizure: Myoclonic seizures are a type of generalized convulsive seizure characterized by brief, repetitive muscle contractions. (the prefix myo- means muscle.) they usually involve both sides of the cerebral cortex. ...Read more

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Are hormone/birth control pills(ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?

Are hormone/birth control pills(ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?

Work with Neuro: Birth control pills do not control petit mal seizures. Anti epileptic drugs control seizures. (AED) All women taking AEDs of childbearing years should be taking Folic acid. AED medications can induce hepatic enzymes that increase the metabolism of oral contraceptives. I advise your friend to go back to the Neurologist and work on a treatment plan tailored for her particular case. It is dangerous for seizures to remain untreated. ...Read more

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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. Andrew Seibert
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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