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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


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I have anxiety attacks and I have a seizure disorder and I don 't want to take a anything that will interfere with my medications keppra (levetiracetam) 1250 mg?

I have anxiety attacks and I have a seizure disorder and I don 't want to take a anything that will interfere with my medications keppra (levetiracetam) 1250 mg?

Agree w Dr. Husar: Are you using non-medical approaches to address your anxiety? There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Can't say: Unfortunately, very little reliable, peer reviewed research has been done regarding the safety and efficacy of marijuana for anything, despite the long list list of conditions for which it has allegedly been helpful. My own guess it that it is not likely to be helpful, since it clouds thinking, and is difficult to dose properly, resulting in an under or overdose. Stick with more proven therapies ...Read more

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10 year old son. Cerebral palsy. Fed strictly via gtube and seizure disorder. Not on any medications. He has diarrhea, what do I need to do for him?

10 year old son. Cerebral palsy. Fed strictly via gtube and seizure disorder. Not on any medications. He has diarrhea, what do I need to do for him?

Contamination: Formula contamination caused by improper handling and storage of formula and equipment can also induce diarrhea, cautions the oley foundation. Likewise, gastrointestinal infections, or over-colonization of bacteria, can irritate the intestine and lead to watery stools. ...Read more

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

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 was recently diagnosed with complex partial seizure disorder. Started with one med but now 2?

I was recently diagnosed with complex partial seizure disorder. Started with one med but now 2?

Yes: It is not uncommon to require more than one anti-seizure medication to control seizures. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol with seizure disorder that is controlled with meds?

Is it okay to drink alcohol with seizure disorder that is controlled with meds?

Alcohol/Seizures: I would not advise it, since it conflicts with the seizure medications & can precipitate more seizures. ...Read more

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Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

It depends: In general, dysautonomia and seizures could occur independently and this is the case in most patients. However, there is no simple answer to your question. Seizures can cause autonomic changes (depending on seizure type) and people could seize after a syncopal episode (syncope can be due to dysautonomia). You should meet with your physician to see if they think the 2 conditions are related. ...Read more

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How likely is tramadol to cause seizure? Also taking Atenolol 25mg- no other meds besides multi-vitamin. No history of seizure disorder.

How likely is tramadol to cause seizure? Also taking Atenolol 25mg- no other meds besides multi-vitamin. No history of seizure disorder.

Greater than none: Janssen did not include the incidence of seizures in pre-approval clinical trials or postmarketing surveillance in their FDA Product Information. You should read it ALL: http://www. Accessdata. Fda. Gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/020281s032s033lbl. Pdf It's rare, but does happen. For any individual, the chances are either 0% or 100%. (This is true of ANYTHING in life except birth & death.) ...Read more

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Safe to work 3rd shift job if seizure disorder completely under control for six months with meds? Any relationship night shift/seizures if epilepsy

Safe to work 3rd shift job if seizure disorder completely under control for six months with meds? Any relationship night shift/seizures if epilepsy

Pace yourself: Glad to hear that your seizures are controlled with lamictal, a quite effective drug. However, you do need to know that sleep deprivation and/or shift work changes in your sleep pattern could possibly increase risk of break-through seizures. Please discuss with your doctor, if work schedule not changeable, as during waking state can use nuvigil, and when wears off, you can sleep better. ...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 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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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?

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

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Are these symptoms of a type of seizure disorder or are they of epilepsy?

Need more info: Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures. A single seizure event may occur due to a cause that can resolve. Recurrent seizures with or without cause become epilepsy. Epilepsy may be cured if seizures stop occurring and medication is stopped. ...Read more

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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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I have a seizure disorder. Now I have bronchitis. Is it possible for the bronchitis to cause a seizure? I was concerned after I had one today.

Not usual: Bronchitis usually does not increase seizure activity. Stress, caused by an underlying infection however, may increase risk minimally. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A friend who does not have a seizure disorder had a long seizure (family claims it was over an hour long) is this posable? Drinking is invalved.

Seizures and alcohol: It's unlikely that the actual seizure lasted an hour. Typically, seizures last about a minute but the patient could be disoriented for a longer period of time thereafter. Alcohol can trigger seizures in people who are predisposed to it. Also, it is possible he may have fallen and hit his head as well. Either way, he should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to fly if you have a seizure disorder.

Yes if under control: If your seizures are under control, you should be able to fly. Bring you medication with you. If your seizures are not under control, remember airlines do not carry any medications to treat a seizure on the plane. First aide will likely be available, but medication to stop the seizure will not be available. ...Read more

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I have a seizure disorder I'm on keppra (levetiracetam) should I have my levels checked regularly?

Use of Levels: Ultimately, the level of a medication does not matter. The right level is the level which does not cause side effects and which effectively controls seizures. I periodically check levels in patients. Knowing what level establishes seizure control in your particular case is useful in case seizure control deteriorates in the future. ...Read more

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What is a infantile spasm seizure disorder?

Very serious disorde: Infantile spasms is a seizure disorder characteristic of the first year of life, usually occurring in the first 6 months of life. The consist of quick bending of the body at the waist, extension of the body or bowing of the head. They are associated with an EEG pattern called hypsarhythmia. 50% of children are neurologically impaired at onset and more than 75% are retarded ultimately. ...Read more

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Can you have vasovagal syncope and seizure disorder?

Can you have vasovagal syncope and seizure disorder?

Yes: You can have both. Work with your neurologist to determine which one is the symptomatic cause. ...Read more

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Is there any cases for seizure disorder (epilepsy) only happened when have a fever?

Yes: Febrile seizures happen when the temperature is rising, usually only one per febrile episode and lasting less than 15 minutes. If there are multiple seizures during a febrile illness or they last longer then the child may have a seizure disorder requiring treatment. ...Read more

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Can I continue Dilantin while pregnant if it is the only thing that works for a seizure disorder?

Yes!: Use monotherapy with the agent most effective for your type of seizure per your neurologist. Try to avoid valproic acid; take Folic Acid at 5 mg daily throughout your reproductive life. Do not drive. ...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