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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizure (Definition)

Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc.

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What is the definition of seizure?

What is the definition of seizure?

Episode of altered: Consciousness. This can involve full loss of consciousness, loss of awareness with amnesia, or variations. A focal motor or sensory seizure however, may preserve awareness and just involve local area if it does not generalize. More than one seizure would be c/w epilepsy. ...Read more

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Approx how long does a seizure last typically?

Approx how long does a seizure last typically?

Usually brief: Some last as few as 10-15 secs., and a generalized convulsion may be 2-3 min., although the subsequent postictal phase could last longer up to a few hours perhaps. Some variation but episodes longer than 5 minutes are likely to be a different paroxysmal episode. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

One hour at a time, each seizure it's own monster, sleep and start anew. ...See more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
Once
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
Once
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What are symptoms of seizures?

Multiple: The symptoms depend upon the location of the seizure within the brain. These may include- unusual tastes/odors; rising sensation from the stomach; other abnormal sensory perceptions, loss of awareness, shaking or tingling or an arm or leg, or even brief body jerks. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Have your doctor check you for low vit D—one of most frequent consequences of anticonvulsant use. ...See more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Keep a seizure calendar
Daily
Add salt to food if you crave it
Once
Use a pill-a-day box to help you manage medication
Once
Periodically check your anticonvulsant blood levels
3x year
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Can eyelid twitching be an early sign of a seizure?

Eyelid Spasm: This can be the result of stress, fatigue, eye strain, caffeine, or any number of systemic factors. You should get it checked out and if correcting these possible causes does not help, Botox treatment may improve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more

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