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What causes night seizures?

What causes night seizures?

Poor seizure control: The brain is actually very active during sleep. Many epilepsy patients are prone to convulsions during sleep. Some children only have seizures during sleep. Good seizure management should include eeg evaluation during sleep. Appropriate use of medications, especially just at bedtime may help avoid these types of seizures. ...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


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What are the tests for night seizures?

What are the tests for night seizures?

Night seizure: "sleep study" in a special room with video + ekg + electroencephalogralhy recording during sleep (or an eeg made to record 24h) will catch the seizure. All recordings would be then be analysed to properly diagnose the kind of seizure. There is not specific seizure that only happen at night. ...Read more

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What symptoms do people with night seizures usually have?

What symptoms do people with night seizures usually have?

Night seizures: Symptoms may include jaw ache, tongue bite, wetting the bed, and mental confusion. There also, in an older person, might be back pain due to a compression fracture of one of the vertebra of the spine. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for night seizures?

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

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What could cause night seizures or sleep paralysis?

What could cause night seizures or sleep paralysis?

Sleep disorder: Sleep is very complex. We go into a state of paralysis normally during rem sleep. Often we have muscle jerks and spasms during sleep, or even talk and walk about in our sleep. Seizures can be activated by sleep. A good quality sleep eeg may be of value. Special sleep studies can be performed to better characterize your sleep. ...Read more

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Are there good natural alternative therapies for night seizures?

Are there good natural alternative therapies for night seizures?

NO: Seizures occur when the brain becomes "irritable" for some reason. I believe a common occurrence for this at night would be a reduced oxygen level as might occur in someone with sleep apnea. You should have sleep studies performed to rule this out as it would be easily addressed with CPAP to prevent the low oxygen levels. Definitely check with your neurologist. ...Read more

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I'm looking for the best medicine to control night seizures for my 21 year old son. He is on 4000mg of keppra (levetiracetam) a day, but seems like not doing the job?

Anticonvulsants: There are many other antiseizure medications available that might be helpful to your son. You should contact the person prescribing his Keppra (levetiracetam) to discuss alternatives. ...Read more

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Can arrhythmias cause major sleep disturbances nightly? (i have already been tested for apnea and night seizures and have differing results...).

Yes: Especially benign paroxysmal tachycardia (pat) which can cause awakenings, can be caused by sleep apnea, and is worse when sleeping on the left side. Perhaps some of my other colleagues can also shed some light on this issue. ...Read more

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I'm epileptic and have never had night seizures before. I've been waking up tired, bitten tongue, bruised head, leg over the bed. Should I be concerned?

Yes!: It certainly seems as if you are having seizures at night (though not 100% sure). Call your doc and get checked. Your medications may need to be adjusted. Stop any over the counter meds or supplements you may be taking that your doctor has not okayed. No alcohol or recreational drugs either! Call today. ...Read more

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Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Yes: Stress has many effects upon the body. I don't know if it applies to you, but people who have seizure-like events which are not epilepsy, but due to various stresses and life events, have a very high incidence of prior abuse, sadly. Often it's a combination of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. ...Read more

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What treats generalized seizures in adults?

What treats generalized seizures in adults?

Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet. ...Read more

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What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

Don't know: Exactly...Head trauma, alcohol, drug interaction, medication interactions, are examples of things that could trigger a condition. Neurotransmitter imbalance, perhaps nutrient imbalance. Sometimes we never find the exact cause. Hopefully you have had a thorough workup.
Consider a chinese medicine practitioner as that can add a wonderful dimension of understanding and other treatment options. ...Read more

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What are the causes of seizures in adults?

Many: Unknown is most common, some causes like stroke, infection, tumor, trauma, drugs including alcohol, cardiac irregularity, sudden lowering of blood pressure etc. Etc. ...Read more

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What causes an adult to start having simple partial seizures?

Brain lesion: A focal brain lesion can provoke a series of focal seizures, "simple partial complex", and not unique to see jacksonian march of motor twitching if a growing lesion is present. Thus, causes include, tumor, stroke, abscess, localized infective parasite, blood vessel malformation, etc. ...Read more

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What do you do if you have unexplained seizures that randomly appear in an adult?

What do you do if you have unexplained seizures that randomly appear in an adult?

See below: Do a thorough history & neurologic work-up including medications, supplements, hx of head trauma, hx of high fevers, ct/mri to check for abnormal anatomy, eeg to analyze brain waves. ...Read more

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Can adults suffering from complex partial seizure lead a normal life?

Yes: Medications are available to control this condition. You should make sure to identify the cause. ...Read more

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How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

Seizures: There is no difference in the appearance of these seizures. Most are all Tonic/clonic type seizures. THe cause and treatments of the two types differs. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Do adults get febrile seizures?

Do adults get febrile seizures?

No: By definition the upper age for febrile seizures is 7years. If an adult has a seizure with fever the illness causing lowered the threshold for seizure. You should speak with your doctor and see a neurologist ...Read more

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Adult epilepsy I have had a right lobe lobectomy due to my seizure s one year ago. I have been having some seizures again is this normal?

Adult epilepsy I have had a right lobe lobectomy due to my seizure s one year ago. I have been having some seizures again is this normal?

Well....: Not hoped-for. This happens a certain percentage of the time following surgery, though we are always trying to lower that number. Sorry to hear this! ...Read more

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How many years to cure the febrile seizure's in kids and adults? What r drugs to cure age 6+ and completed 15+ episodes of fits patient's?

How many years to cure the febrile seizure's in kids and adults? What r drugs to cure age 6+ and completed 15+ episodes of fits patient's?

By age 6 yrs: Febrile seizures usually subside by age 6 yr. If they are continuing you need to see a pediatric neurologist, get an EEG and then decide on treatment ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause seizures in adults? I had a seizure when I was 13 around the time I had a flu shot and was wondering if it could be related.

Can the flu shot cause seizures in adults? I had a seizure when I was 13 around the time I had a flu shot and was wondering if it could be related.

Depends on:: Do you have epilepsy? Or you just curious about what happened as an adolescent? Doubt the flu shot caused the seizure, and certainly if you suffered further seizures, the events would be due to other causes. ...Read more

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Can adults get febrile seizures? And if so, how severe can these seizures get? Do they only happen at really high temperatures, or any temperature?

Poor term: Febrile seizure is a term used to describe a process in childhood where their immature nervous system can develop benign seizures with febrile stress. It would never be applied to an adult with a mature nervous system. Childhood seizures are often benign, while adult seizures are not. Any seizure patient is more likely to have a seizure if they have a fever. ...Read more

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My adult son had a grand mal seizure. Tumor?

Possible: Rare but possible. His doctor will surely take this possibility into account. ...Read more

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Febrile seizures in an adult patient. I thought only little kids have febrile seizures.?

Febrile seizures in an adult patient. I thought only little kids have febrile seizures.?

Fever as stress: Fever/illness/lack of sleep etc., all stress factors can set off a seizure in one prone to seizures. To call the adult event a "febrile seizure" is a misuse of a term limited by convention to a benign childhood condition. A more accepted term would be a seizure associated with fever and its long term prognosis would be much different.. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Night Seizures (Definition)

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