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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Overview)

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 two or more seizures.


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How does pregnancy affect seizure disorders?

How does pregnancy affect seizure disorders?

Seizure pregnancy: Pregnancy increases weight and liquids and dilute seizure meds, thus trigger seizures. Need regular check of blood levels of meds. Change in protein content in blood also contributes to altered levels of med in blood. Increased liquid pressures in brain can alter state of control of seizure also. If you had no sz for a long time, you may have a chance to go free during pregnancy. Good luck +++++. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
1,065 Doctors shared insights

Seizure Disorder (Overview)

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 two or more seizures.


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What are the presenting symptoms of seizure disorder?

What are the presenting symptoms of seizure disorder?

Very variable: It may be from an episode of loosing awareness without "passing out" to full blown seizures involving one or more limbs. It depends on the region of the brain that is affected. ...Read more

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Seizure disorder (Tip)

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
daily
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
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I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

Absence seizures can: Impact a child' s attention, behavior ; learning, even when controlled on medication. Request a " section 504" at school for any needed accommodations.. If sunlight precipitates them, wearing a large-brimmed hat when outside may help. The child should be monitored while swimming or on playground equipment. See https://www.Epilepsy.Com, the epilepsy foundation for facts ; resources. ...Read more

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What kinds of questions should I ask after a diagnosis of seizure disorder? Had abnormal eeg-mri normal. Just have fainted easily all my life.

What kinds of questions should I ask after a diagnosis of seizure disorder? Had abnormal eeg-mri normal. Just have fainted easily all my life.

Other causes possibl: Fainting can be caused by cardiac issues, blood pressure changes or just a very sensitive vagal nerve response. A neurologist should be able to help you get to the bottom of this. ...Read more

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Seizure disorder (Tip)

Good sleep hygiene, no more than two alcoholic beverages, and always take your medicine religiously. ...See more

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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Go to cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
Once
Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
Once
Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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Dear doc, I have been diagnosed seizure disorder 2007. I have been prescribed 25mg lamictal once a day for 2 weeks. What will be my next dosage?

Dear doc, I have been diagnosed seizure disorder 2007. I have been prescribed 25mg lamictal once a day for 2 weeks. What will be my next dosage?

Lamictal dose: You should start with a low dose just to see if you have a sensitivity to lamictal. If there is no skin reaction, the dose will be gradually increased weekly by 25 mg. You should certainly check with you neurologist to decide on the max dose. ...Read more

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What are the tests for seizure disorder?

What are the tests for seizure disorder?

Many: Researchers and physicians use a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques and chemical and metabolic analyses to detect, manage, and treat neurological disease. Common tests include: blood lab work, genetic testing, neuro exam, x-rays, mri, ct scans, angiography, biopsy, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, emg, eeg and pet scanning. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
once
Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure your OCD is not a possible side effect of any of your medications
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What would need to know about someone with a seizure disorder?

What would need to know about someone with a seizure disorder?

See below:: Epilepsy is not contagious. It is not necessarily a disability, rather an inconvenience for the afflicted individual. No need to be overprotective. Make plans ahead of time to handle seizures. Be calm. Protect from potential injury. Never try to restrain the movements. Help them recover from the seizure (sleep is okay). Single seizure > 10 min or no recovery of consciousness necessitates 911 call. ...Read more

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Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder (Checklist)

Buy a white light box, and use it daily
Daily
Stick to a strict sleep schedule
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Keep a regular schedule
Once
Keep in touch with your friends and family members
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Could chronic insomnia cause a seizure disorder?

Could chronic insomnia cause a seizure disorder?

It should not: Patients who suffer from a seizure disorder need to get good sleep. If they are not sleeping well, seizures may be difficult to control. For someone without a seizure disorder, insomnia should not cause seizures. Excessive use of drugs to try to get to sleep may bring out a seizure disorder. ...Read more

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Eeg is abnormal, does it mean seizure disorder?

Eeg is abnormal, does it mean seizure disorder?

Not necessarily: An abnormal eeg may be caused by a variety of conditions, including many that are not related to epilepsy. It is important to interpret the eeg in the context of your clinical condition and not just look at the eeg alone. ...Read more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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What is the treatment for seizure disorder?

Meds and surgery: Workup to confirm seizure disorder, type of seizure, and cause. Treat underlying cause. Treat seizures with anti epileptic medications. These include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and levetiracetam. If two different medications don't control seizures, then consider surgery to remove area of brain which produces seizures. Surgery may have up to an 80% chance of a cure. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
Once
Make sure that your child's evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
If applicable, join a special education organization for parents
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My son has two cafe au lait spots and possible epilepsy (nocturnal seizures). Doctor mentioned genetic disorder. Is it possible?

My son has two cafe au lait spots and possible epilepsy (nocturnal seizures). Doctor mentioned genetic disorder. Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible: Whenever a child has more than one thing going on, or one thing (e.g. Seizures) and additional physical findings (e.g. Cafe au lait spots) the possibility of a genetic condition behind findings increases. Both seizures and cafe au lait spots separately are relatively common. Combination increases, but does not diagnose, a genetic cause. I would recommend formal evaluation by a clinical geneticist. ...Read more

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Are there any antidepressants that are 1) non sedating and 2) without risk of side effects that include seizure disorder? If so, which ones?

Are there any antidepressants that are 1) non sedating and 2) without risk of side effects that include seizure disorder? If so, which ones?

Yes & no: Ssri type antidepressants which are the most specific for the commonest biochemical defect in depression, low serotonin, are least likely amongst antidepressants to cause sedation, other than wellbutrin (bupropion) which rarely has sedative properties. All antidepressants have risk of induction or provocation of seizures--especially wellbutrin (bupropion) and tetracylic antidepressants. Ssris are the least likely cause. ...Read more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
Daily
Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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Could dextromethophan help prevent seizures in epilepsy?

Could dextromethophan help prevent seizures in epilepsy?

"Sometimes": It mainly has a "down"/sedative effect, which while not treatment, might reduce likelihood of seizure in susceptible person. Risk is idiosyncratic reaction (which is a reasonable % of abusers, but not w/therapeutic use), who can get anxious / agitated ("up"/stimulant effect), which might reduce seizure threshold. For more info: http://www. Drugs-forum. Com/forum/showwiki. Php? Title=dxm. ...Read more

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What are the tests for seizure disorder?

Many: Researchers and physicians use a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques and chemical and metabolic analyses to detect, manage, and treat neurological disease. Common tests include: blood lab work, genetic testing, neuro exam, x-rays, mri, ct scans, angiography, biopsy, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, emg, eeg and pet scanning. ...Read more

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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a form of treatment, and discuss it with a therapist
Once
Learn relaxation techniques that will help you when flashbacks occur
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What are the presenting symptoms of seizure disorder?

Very variable: It may be from an episode of loosing awareness without "passing out" to full blown seizures involving one or more limbs. It depends on the region of the brain that is affected. ...Read more

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How would manage a seizure disorder on a daily basis?

See a neurologist:: After a first seizure, evaluation should focus on excluding an underlying neurologic or medical condition, assessing the relative risk of seizure recurrence and determining whether treatment is indicated. Successful management of patients with recurrent seizures begins with the establishment of an accurate diagnosis of epilepsy syndrome followed by treatment using an appropriate medication. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: seizure disorder?

What is the definition or description of: seizure disorder?

See below: 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 two or more seizures. ...Read more

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What would need to know about someone with a seizure disorder?

See below:: Epilepsy is not contagious. It is not necessarily a disability, rather an inconvenience for the afflicted individual. No need to be overprotective. Make plans ahead of time to handle seizures. Be calm. Protect from potential injury. Never try to restrain the movements. Help them recover from the seizure (sleep is okay). Single seizure > 10 min or no recovery of consciousness necessitates 911 call. ...Read more

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If I have a seizure disorder, should I wear a medical id bracelet?

If I have a seizure disorder, should I wear a medical id bracelet?

Good idea: Most people do not know what to do if someone falls and twitches, so an id bracelet lets by-standers get an idea about what is happening. ...Read more

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Yerba mate is that allright to take if you have a seizure disorder?

Yerba mate is that allright to take if you have a seizure disorder?

Yerba mate: Yerba mate which comes from the holly plant can be had as a tea. Since it contains caffiene I would not suggest its use in a seizure disorder. ...Read more

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With a controlled seizure disorder, on meds, would one still qualify for disability?

Why disabled???: If you have a controlled seizure disorder why would you be disabled? Would someone with well controlled blood pressure be disabled? How about someone with insomnia, diabetes or a skin condition? Unless you can come up with a reason you can't do anything productive even with basic accommodations at a work site, I don't consider a controlled seizure disorder a disability. Go do something productive. ...Read more

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I am 39 and have a seizure disorder. I need to lose 50lbs. Can I join a gym and workout?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the severity of you seizure disorder. I would sure check with your doctor. Dehydration and elevated body temperatures can occur during exercise and promote seizures, so you would want to start slow and be well hydrated. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a seizure disorder and have been feeling like I'm daydreaming a lot but it only lasts about a second I know it's not a seizure Is this normal?

I have a seizure disorder and have been feeling like I'm daydreaming a lot but it only lasts about a second I know it's not a seizure Is this normal?

Explanation: You are likely experiencing auras, but not full blown seizures. This is a sign of incomplete epilepsy control and your meds need to be adjusted. Contact neurologist as intervention needs to be more effective. ...Read more

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Will my seizure disorder have negative effects on my baby?

Will my seizure disorder have negative effects on my baby?

Maybe: Two ways it can effect your baby; prolonged, untreated siezure could deprive the baby of oxygen. Treatment for seizures varies and some drugs are more dangerous than others for causing birth defects. Discuss with your nuerologist and OB dr before pregnancy to see if there is a safer treatment than what you may be on. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have epilepsy/seizure disorder?

Get to a Neurologist: An EEG can confirm this or rule it out potentially if your having symptoms while being monitored. ...Read more

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How do I heal my primary generalized seizure disorder naturally?

Diets and devices: It is generally not a good idea to leave seizures untreated. There are, however, some non-pharmacological treatments for seizures.
These include the ketogenic diet (or variations of it) and the vagal nerve stimulator. You can ask your neurologist about these. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

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. ...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