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Doctor insights on: Possible Causes Of Seizures Other Than Epilepsy

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Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possibly: Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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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


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How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people are have photosensitive seizures, caused not necessarily by changing color but the flicker frequency of the changes. This was previously called tv epilepsy, but new screens do not cause this. Consult a neurologist who may suggest medication and a particular frequency of blue sun glasses that makes the likelyhood of seizures less likely. Also avoid flickering lights. ...Read more

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How fast does a strobe have to flash to cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

How fast does a strobe have to flash to cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Mostly at 10 hz: In people who are susceptible to photosensitive seizures only 3%, abnormality on eeg usually appear at 10hz, meaning 10 flashes per second. ...Read more

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What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

Causes of a seizure: There are many things that can cause a seizure. Anything that irritates the surface of the brain for example may be a cause. Alcohol may be a cause. Medication side effects may be a cause. The cause of a single isolated seizure is sometimes not determined with the tests we have however. ...Read more

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What exactly does it feel like to have a seizure caused by epilepsy?

Many experiences: Depending on the site of origin of the seizure and type of seizure. Many people have a premonition before a seizure, a sensation that one is about to happen. Generalized seizures are often accompanied by complete loss of consciousness. Partial seizures can be experienced as any of an infinite variety of sensations. ...Read more

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I'm seriously wondering if you can cause a seizure in a person without epilepsy. Can you?

I'm seriously wondering if you can cause a seizure in a person without epilepsy. Can you?

Yes: If multiple factors coincide like sleep deprivation, flashing lights, infection, electrolyte disorder, some food colouring, medication withdrawal, tec. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cause a person without epilepsy to have a seizure by flashing strobe lights at him?

Is it possible to cause a person without epilepsy to have a seizure by flashing strobe lights at him?

Highly unlikely!: If a person is provoked into a seizure with flashing strobe lights then there should be something amiss neurologically. That person should be evaluated for a probable hidden, previously unknown form of epilepsy. ...Read more

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Hi I've got epilepsy I was just curious in case I ever have a seizure what causes seizures is it possible to have one on epilepsy medicine.?

Hi I've got epilepsy I was just curious in case I ever have a seizure what causes seizures is it possible to have one on epilepsy medicine.?

Many causes: Many causes for the different types of epilepsy. Yes you can have breakthrough seizures on medication. Many people do fine with proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can diarrhea cause epilepsy or seizures?

Can diarrhea cause epilepsy or seizures?

Possible: If florid and untreated, can cause dehydration and chemical imbalance, which can eventuate in full blown seizures. ...Read more

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Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy? Specifically partial complex seizures.

Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy? Specifically partial complex seizures.

Probably not: Doing a medline search for meditation agrravating seizures did not pull up any references in their traditional journals.

I did find one reference to the possibility of inducing seizures in someone prone. It appears that this may represent a theorhetical risk at this juncture. "jaseja h.
Epilepsy behav. 2010 jan;17 (1):124-5."

i hope this helps. ...Read more

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My brother has epilepsy since a child and still has seizures, can his schizophrenia cause them?? he's 28 should he still have seizures?

My brother has epilepsy since a child and still has seizures, can his schizophrenia cause them?? he's 28 should he still have seizures?

No and yes: Seizures and schizophrenia are two distinct brain disorders and one does not cause the other. Very often we cannot find a cause for either, and both conditions are often life long. Best wishes for your family ...Read more

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Can lightning cause problems for people with photosensitive epilepsy? Can lightning and thunderstorms trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy?

Can lightning cause problems for people with photosensitive epilepsy? Can lightning and thunderstorms trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy?

No: Photosensitive epilepsy is triggered by the flickering of light at a given frequency and given intensity that triggers discharges from the vision centers of the brain. Lightning is a streak of intense light with dramatic discharge of ions and sound pressure associated with dramatic changes in atmospheric pressure. It can be dramatic as a stimulus, especially if it strikes near to the person. ...Read more

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I have a history of epilepsy. Last nov I was hospitalized after having multiple seizures in one day. I was then diagnosis w/ encephalopathy. What is that and what does it mean? Did my seizures cause this?

I have a history of epilepsy. Last nov I was hospitalized after having multiple seizures in one day. I was then diagnosis w/ encephalopathy. What is that and what does it mean? Did my seizures cause this?

Technical: "Encephalopathy", a very broad term, means pathology of the "encephal" - brain. In practical terms: many causes. Could cause the seizures or result from them. You'll need more detail on the type of encephalopathy and how your neurologist feels this is related to your seizures. The state of encephalopathy could be temporary, permanent, resolving, or progressive. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would it cause a seizure if you have gran map epilepsy?

Hi docs, would it cause a seizure if you have gran map epilepsy?

Seizure types: Seizures can present in many ways including so-called partial or focal seizures, that can only affect a part of your body, or generalized seizures, also referred to as grand mal seizures. Epilepsy is a condition of recurring seizures. Isolated or situational seizure are less frequent, and tend to be associated with some particular event like infection, medication, substance abuse. ...Read more

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What causes a fever seizure in a child and how is this different than epilepsy?

What causes a fever seizure in a child and how is this different than epilepsy?

Febrile seizure: Febrile seizures are usually benign episodes. They consist of muscle twitching, or jerking movements. This is usually a condition children outgrow. The rapid development of high fever can lead to their onset. They are differentiated from epilepsy by an eeg ie electroencephalogram. ...Read more

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Can male enhancement vitamins cause seizures in someone with epilepsy?

Can male enhancement vitamins cause seizures in someone with epilepsy?

Possible: Some individuals have propensity to lower their threshold for seizures from certain stimuli and certain medications can decrease that threshold. ...Read more

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Could by epilepsy seizures cause a person to get learning difficulties?

They are related: Many epilepsies, even ones that we outgrow, can have associated issues like adhd, dyslexia, sleep problems, and mood issues like depression or anxiety.

Often a psychologist or neuropsychologist can help to identify these and offer help. ...Read more

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