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Natural Remedies For Petit Mal Seizures
Natural treatment for primary generalized seizure disorder? Had one seizure two yrs ago. Now on lamictal 50 b.I.D.
See below: "natural" remedies such as herbs, etc. Have not been proven to manage epilepsy, especially generalize epilepsies as well as medications (those too have their limitations) do. If you have not had a seizure in 2 years, you may speak to your neurologist about options and management options at this point. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Which type?: Children have absence seizures with whole brain 3/sec spike and wave. Young adults have absence seizures from a focus in the brain. These may look the same when you see them, but they have very different causes and prognosis. Petit mal ("small bad") usually is used for the childhood form. A quality eeg interpreted by a good neurologist can make the distinction. ...Read more
Hmmmm....: "petit mal" is an old term for "absence seizures, " but non-neurologists often mistakenly use the term as a synonym for "complex partial seizure." either way, having multiple unprovoked seizures constitutes "epilepsy." developing absence seizures at you age would be distinctly uncommon, whilst complex partial would be much more typical. ...Read more
Yes: Having frequent absence seizures can interfere with being aware of what is being taught and interfere with learning ...Read more
My daughter MRI came back normal and she has petit mal seizure can someone help me out? What do I do now?
Not unexpected: Would not expect an MRI to reveal any structural abnormalities in an adolescent with petit mal epilepsy. There are numerous medications which can control the process, and hopefully, she is under control. If not, seek a pediatric neurologist. Certainly, possible these spells will depart when she gets older. ...Read more
Hi, I'm 30 years of age. I suffer from petit mal epilepsy. I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?
Absence seizures: Typically last 1-3 seconds and may occur up to 200 or more times a day. One is unaware of their lapses as it is a generalized seizure. Ethosuccamide and Valproate are treatments. (may Worsen with sodium channel drugs like Lamictal. partial complex epilepsy and JME are much more common in a 30 year old than " petit mal" which if not part of JME syndrome typically is outgrown by age 14 ...Read more
Need EEG: Staring is common in children. The way to diagnose petit mal epilepsy is a sleep deprived EEG with hyperventilation. Seizures can be brought out with drowsiness and hyperventilation is a common trigger for petit mal seizures. The EEG will record any electrical abnormalities that may occur. ...Read more
TIA or seizure?:
A petit mal seizure is caused by an electrical disturbance in the brain, it normally lasts about 20 seconds. It is common for it to occur over and over. It often causes involuntary movement, sensation, or visual disturbance.
A TIA is also a mini stroke. It is caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in loss of function. It lasts less than 24 hours.
Hope that helps! ...Read more
Petit mal - surgery?:
People do not normally have surgery for petit mal (absence) seizures. Most people who have these are children, and the seizures abate as they age.
Perhaps you mean complex partial seizures? These would not be peit mal, but they may be amenable to surgery, in some cases. Normally a person would try several medicine treatment options first.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/petit-ma ...Read more
Staring spells.: A child with absence seizures will stop what they are doing once in a while, stare into space, and then resume activity without noticing the break. An EEG while sleep-deprived and/or hyperventilating shows characteristic changes, which a neurologist can use to confirm the diagnosis. It is usually treatable. ...Read more
People suffer from petit mal. Which surgery removes the tissue. And which area are the seizures coming from.
Absence seizures,: Formerly petit mal seizures, often start in early childhood & stop before age 20. If they start ~age 10, they may persist, but often as complex partial or tonic-clonic seizures. Absence EEG spikes-&_waves may be generalized in kids. Adult focal seizures refractory to AED's are more likely to be complex partial seizures. Tests to define type & area of genesis of seizures are available. ...Read more
Petit mal seizure? Sister's speech froze, eyes twitch, denies anything wrong, and continues with sentence. Sleeps with eyes open sometimes. How to tx?
See neurology: She needs to see a neurologist to get tested and officially diagnosed as their are certain medications and prescribed treatments that can aide with seizure disorders. Best wishes. ...Read more
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 more
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
As stated, seizures: In boys with MEC P2 may not respond to treatment with anti-epileptic medications. Find information on http://ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/mecp2-duplication-syndrome. The contact for the MEC P 2 annual family conferences is Pam Albert, mecp2dup@live. Com. If she is no longer coordinating them, she will give you contact information for the person who is. Don't keep going without information & support. ...Read more
Meds and surgery: Workup to confirm seizure disorder, type of seizure, and cause. Treat underlying cause. Treat seizures with anti epileptic medications. These include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and levetiracetam. If two different medications don't control seizures, then consider surgery to remove area of brain which produces seizures. Surgery may have up to an 80% chance of a cure. ...Read more
Several: Best med is the one that controls seizures without side effects. Depakene (valproic acid) you are taking may work. Others include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, levetiracetam, topiramate, zonisamide or lacosamide. There are others. Other than matching the drug to your seizure type, the tinder of see effects you might experience may vary (if yogurt side effects at all). ...Read more
See below: There is no single best treatment. Therapy must be individualize to the patient; taking into consideration the patient's unique characteristics. ...Read more
Yes: Whereas in the past there were only a few drugs, now there are many that can be customized based on risk factors and even the type of seizures. Older medicines like Depakote and Dilantin are still used, and still work well, but new medications like Keppra (levetiracetam) are becoming the mainstay in treatment for many types of seizures. ...Read more
Some studies have shown an increase in the risk of seizures while on stimulant medication. Most of these patients have either a personal or family history of a seizure disorder, however, it may rarely happen in patients without any history of seizures. The fda recommends discontinuing stimulant medication if seizures occur. Source:
ritalin causes seizures? - healthcentral
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I have had an increase in seizure since starting keppra medication at 750mg. Three weeks in. Is there a better a more effective treatment?
Dose or add-on: Please call your prescribing physician for possible dose adjustment or addition of another medication. Please call today! ...Read more
Rx Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal:
Better not tell you how to. See a good doctor as soon as you can.
Do not try to self resolve your problem. ...Read more
Treatment for nig-SZ: Once the type of sz is identified, there are classes of meds specifically made for different types of sz. Some meds are for a lot of different types, some are more specific. Frequently, many meds are combined to control seizures. ...Read more
Shock therapy: Many years ago, they observed that epileptic patients had a lower incidence of depression.In an era with no workable medicines, they tried shock therapy:using electrical shoch to trigger seizures, as treatment. After a certain number of treatments the patient sometimes showed improvement. ...Read more
Rx for tonic SZ: Long chapter! Old meds are still used as first line. Then one med is sometimes not sufficient to help, then combined old meds can be used. New meds are used only when sz is not controlled with older meds. Frequently old meds are combined with new meds. ...Read more