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Long Term Effects Of Grand Mal Seizures
Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?
Absolutely not: You're right to be concerned: Phenytoin can promote osteoporosis through its effect on calcium metabolism. (Not great for the liver, either.) Get completely reevaluated. Either you need to stay on a seizure med or you don't. If you don't, great. If you do, there are newer-generation anticonvulsants with much lower long-term risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical ...Read more
Accurate description: The best way to define a seizure is to view it from start to finish with all sensory and motor events recorded as well as the on-going eeg. If it starts in one area of the brain, it is partial. If it starts all over, it is generalized. If there is alteration of consciousness, it is complex. Grand mal should not be used. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. ...Read more
Stopped tramadol after having multiple grand mal seizures. Should I have tapered? It's been a week since last dose do I still have to worry?
May be no worry: Long-term use of high doses of tramadol may be associated with physical dependence and a withdrawal syndrome. Tramadol causes typical opiate-like withdrawal symptoms as well as atypical withdrawal symptoms including seizures, but these symptoms usually come within 72 hours of stopping it. If you don't have any symptoms after 1 week, then its unlikely you get withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more
I have grand mal seizures at times I wake up feeling like I had a seizure in my sleep ,I often have strong eragular hart beats, is there a correlation?
Rapid heart beat?: if your seizures occur at the same time of your strong heart beat then there is a (possible) correlation. Ask your doctor to prescribe an event monitor ( a recorder of the heart rhythm) which you will carry for several weeks till either a seizure occurs or till a fast heart beat occurs and then you can tell if there was a relation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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