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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy With Epilepsy

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Dr. Bert Liang Dr. Liang
Neurology
years in practice
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Does too much screen time increase risk of developing epilepsy later in life?

Does too much screen time increase risk of developing epilepsy later in life?

TV?: Unlikely - no studies have shown an association with television viewing.

Dr. Andrew Reeves
536 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Do people with asperger's and epilepsy develop later in life the epileptic conditions?

Do people with asperger's and epilepsy develop later in life the epileptic conditions?

Possibility: Persons with autism spectrum have a 30 to 35 percent risk of developing epilepsy. Experience is that most cases develop by adolescence. Generally if you have passed adolescence and child bearing, you have passed the risk period. Be cautious anyway and practice good health habits.

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Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
27 years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What life style changes do I need to make if I was diagnosed with epilepsy?

What life style changes do I need to make if I was diagnosed with epilepsy?

Some restrictions: In most states, driving is restricted until it is clear that seizures are fully controlled. If still experiencing events, do not drive, operate power equipment, do activities at heights, or swim or take bath alone. However, if you find an effective medicine with tolerable side effects, make certain you never miss, and get help if you are sick and cannot swallow your pills.

Dr. Mark Rasak Dr. Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Can epilepsy develop at a certain age? Can a person go their whole life without any seizures then all of a sudden start having them?

Can epilepsy develop at a certain age? Can a person go their whole life without any seizures then all of a sudden start having them?

Yes: If conditions are just right patients can have seizures at any age. Secondary causes need to be evaluated ofcourse but seizures are unpredictable.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Hello, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and haven't had a seizure in my life. How is that possible?

Hello, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and haven't had a seizure in my life. How is that possible?

Opinion: Epilepsy involves repetitive episodes of altered consciousness, and a variety of epilepsy, complex partial seizures is associated with frequent amnesia for the spells. Perhaps this is what your doctor feels is present. An EEG could be abnormally paroxysmal and lead to diagnosis, but abnormal brain waves are not necessarily due to seizures. Think a second opinion is in order.

Dr. William Holmes Dr. Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I don’t want to take epilepsy medication anymore. Miserable side effects (tried many of them) and pitiful quality of life. Are there alternatives?

Yes, alternatives but: There are many alternative therapies that can help but no guarantee they'll help you- but you won't find out unless you try them. There are many diff. Drugs & you may find some with less side effects. Rarely surgery can cure epilepsy- depends on the type. Taurine, magnesium, herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy & diet changes can help: http://tinyurl. Com/lztsld8 Many find medical marijuana works best.

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Dr. Donald Collins Dr. Collins
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
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I have had whole body tremors and stuttered all my life. I am now being treated for Epilepsy, What else could cause this?

I have had whole body tremors and stuttered all my life. I am now being treated for Epilepsy, What else could cause this?

Inherited tremor: You may have a congenital tremor, stress or nervousness, or the effects of medication. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor.

Dr. Andrew Reeves Dr. Reeves
Neurology
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. 53 years old. Only seizure she's ever had. She's now on medication. Can she still have a full life expenctancy?

Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. 53 years old. Only seizure she's ever had. She's now on medication. Can she still have a full life expenctancy?

Yup: Sometimes the first seizure is the ONLY seizure someone ever has. The decision about treatment is rather variable, and hard to say without knowing the history, exam, EEG, MRI, etc. Having said that, very typically life expectancy is fine.

Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Is it true that seizures early in life due to a high fever but not epilepsy cause frequent fainting later in life?

NO: I have never heard that. Febrile seizures in children under five years old are relatively common and I have never heard of such an association. Fainting can be caused by dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, emotional response, and occasionally cardiac issues....And can occur any time in life.

Dr. Shalini Sethi Dr. Sethi
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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Mom was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. First seizure. Should she be on anticonvulsants or no? I've heard they cut years off life and seizures r harmles

Mom was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. First seizure. Should she be on anticonvulsants or no? I've heard they cut years off life and seizures r harmles

Epilepsy: Yes it can occur at this age too. Definately she needs to be treated. Seizures are not normal. So go ahead start the treatment.

Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

Kids are resilient..: Without knowing any of the details, it is impossible to say. In general, children have an amazing capacity to recover from adverse events. The child's doctors can hopefully give some guidance as to what to expect, but sometimes all we can do is provide supportive care and hope that the child recovers. Time will tell. I hope she gets better soon.

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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I have epilepsy and I take depakote sprinkles 125 milligrams twice a day and I would like to know can I drink yogi blueberry slim life green tea.?

Yogi blueberry: If you have not been taking yogi blueberry slim life green tea you could try it for a short time. If that works go ahead and enjoy your drink. If you have symptoms please let your doctor know. If you have been drinking this without trouble, feel free to enjoy it.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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I had a seizure for the first time in my life a year ago. No family hostory of epilepsy I smoke Marijuana more than occasionally. Can this be a cause?

I had a seizure for the first time in my life a year ago. No family hostory of epilepsy I smoke Marijuana more than occasionally. Can this be a cause?

Neurologist: Regardless what is the cause seizure is an indication of a serious brain injury or disease you need to be under the care of a neurologist for proper medication and evaluation guessing for the cause and the lack of personal and family history doesd not make it less serious or dangerous please go and see a neurologist

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Dr. Douglas Miller Dr. Miller
Pathology
37 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

I've gotten epilepsy all ur life, then developed a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor recently, how will the epilepsy affect the brain tumor and visa vera?

Complex: The epilepsy won't affect the tumor, indeed it may be a result of the tumor. Removing the tumor surgically and following with radiation and/or chemotherapy will help with seizure control. Some anti-seizure medications interfere with some chemotherapy, so your doctors will have to adjust what they give you to avoid problems with that.

Dr. Julan Crane Dr. Crane
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
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Dr. Frank Kuitems Dr. Kuitems
Internal Medicine
35 years in practice
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Without water, can epilepsy (grand mal), major depression, chronic migraines & diabetes be life threatening conditions? If so, I need to obtain certification so the city will not terminate my water service.

Without water, can epilepsy (grand mal), major depression, chronic migraines & diabetes be life threatening conditions? If so, I need to obtain certification so the city will not terminate my water service.

Yes: These conditions can be life-threatening if you don't have any access to water. See your primary care physician for specific and evaluation to write you a letter for the utility company

Dr. Swati Avashia Dr. Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
19 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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How common is epilepsy?

How common is epilepsy?

3rd most common: According to the epilepsy foundation website, epilepsy is the third most common neurological disease in the US after Alzheimer's and stroke. It affects almost 3 million Americans and 50 million persons worldwide.

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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. 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