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Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

Myoclonic jerks: There is a type of seizure called myoclonic, or myoclonic jerks. These are a feature of myoclonic epilepsy. These feel like a brief episode of shaking. They may occur in the morning time more often than other times. Sleep deprivation may make them more noticeable. ...Read more

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What are myoclonic seizures?

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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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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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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What are myoclonic jerks?

What are myoclonic jerks?

Muscle jerks: Brief sudden shocklike muscle jerk, which can be focal or widespread and secondary to central nervous system issue. ...Read more

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Is nocturnal epilepsy hereditary?

Is nocturnal epilepsy hereditary?

Nocturnal epilepsy: Some are. Others are not. Most neurologists would be able to tell you if they feel that yours is genetic based. ...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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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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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 are atonic seizures?

What are atonic seizures?

Loss of tone: Some complex epileptic have drop attacks=fall to the floor because of loss of muscle tone in legs usually have other seizures like tonic= totally stiff or starring spells in same child--or myoclonic seizures like simple jerks of trunk or limb. ...Read more

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What is petit mal epilepsy?

Petit mal: Petit mal (Fr. 'little illness) or absence seizures are forms which are characterized by a brief alteration of consciousness, and usually not followed by the post-ictal phase (sleepiness). It can appear as if the person is 'staring into space' and can be quite subtle. ...Read more

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Do myoclonic seizures lead to proper seizures?

Do myoclonic seizures lead to proper seizures?

Myoclonic seizures: Myoclonic seizures are a form of primary generalized seizures. They do not lead to other seizures but the root cause of your seizures might. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

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Can myoclonic jerks be dangerous?

Can myoclonic jerks be dangerous?

Maybe not: True myoclonic jerks are sudden and may involve limbs and/or trunk. If uncontrolled, pts may fall, hit nearby objects, drop hot liquids, etc, with various injuries. There are excellent meds to control these events. Contact a neurologist, as myoclonus can be helped. ...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?

?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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Hi,Is focal generalized epilepsy different to petit mal.

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Hi,Is focal generalized epilepsy different to petit mal.

It is different: Focal epilepsy (localization-related epilepsy) is due to focal brain pathology or part of genetic syndrome or unknown cause. Many types of focal epilepsy involving different parts of the brain.Onset in adolescent or adult. Petit mal (childhood absence epilepsy) happened mostly in school age children with frequent episodes of profound impairment of consciousness or subtle changes. Consult neurology ...Read more

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What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation (aid's), following hypoxia (lance-adams), organ failure (kidney, liver), metabolic and medication reactions. Meds that seem to work best here include depakote, keppra, (levetiracetam) and maybe lamictal. Other drugs used in epilepsy, may make worse. ...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 is tonic-clonic seizure?

Full body convulsion: Involves both arms/legs with loss of consciousness. Tonic phase is stiffness; clonic phase involves jerking of arms/legs. Associated with tongue biting/loss of urine. May be due to genetic factors (involves both sides of brain at onset) or acquired factors (e.g. Stroke, but others) (starts in one place of brain and spreads). Usually lasts up to 90 seconds. Very treatable. ...Read more

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