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Psychogenic Seizures Treatment
May be difficult: Do you or someone close to you possess epilepsy? Several meds available, and consider, depakote, lamictal, keppra, vimpat, (lacosamide) potiga, maybe lyrica, topirimate. If 3 meds fail, might try vns unit, or surgery if a focus of seizure activity. See an epilepsy expert. ...Read more
?????: Pharmacologically induced coma may be used to treat seizures, i.e. Uncontrolled seizures, i.e. Status epilepticus. The idea is that stopping all brain activity beyond what is metabolically essential to maintain neuronal viability will cause the culprit neurons to stop firing abnormally when the drug is stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The rise of fever: Febrile seizures are common in children, about 5% of the population. They are generally a combination of how fast the fever rises and a genetic predisposition. Very few children with febrile seizures go on to have epilepsy, but that is still being studied. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: The most common cause is psychological. It's where stress is converted into physical symptoms (do it's called a "conversion disorder"). Sadly, about 2/3 of people with seizure-like conversion disorders have a history of abuse (often sexual abuse.) Other things can mimic seizures and should be ruled out (fainting, certain uncommon migraine types...) ...Read more
Bipolar is treated with several kinds of anti-seizure medicine. Does this mean bipolar is a seizure illness? Functional or epileptic?
Bipolar and epilepsy: So far there is no strong evidence that bipolar disease is caused by a part of your brain having seizures. Nonetheless many patients with epilepsy have also mood disorders including bipolar. The response to anti-seizure medication (to treat bipolar symptoms) is not restricted the persons who have the diagnosis of epilepsy. ...Read more
Ask a neurologist: Epilepsy (recurrent unprovoked seizures) is typically not something that would start in a 40 year old and be generalized at onset. (typically if you start having seizures at this age there is a cause other than genetics like a recent history of head trauma or stroke that would produce seizures that may become generalized after first starting in a specific location in the cerebral cortex). ...Read more
What are the differences between tonic-clonic seizures, simple partial seizures, and complex partial seizures?
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
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
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
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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