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Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures.  Suggest support groups, effects on

It : It is probably true than anyone can have a seizure under the right conditions. These conditions include poisoning by prescription or recreational drugs, withdrawal from prescription or recreational drugs (including alcohol), brain injuries, general illnesses, and abnormal levels of blood salts (electrolytes -- including sodium). When people have seizures with provocation, they are not considered to have epilepsy, and usually don't require long term seizure medication. People who have a tendency to have repeated seizures with little or no provocation have epilepsy. The diagnosis is made by history, and supported by results from tests like brain-wave recordings (eegs) and brain imaging (usually mri). Epilepsy usually does require long-term use of seizure medications like depakote, or other interventions like epilepsy surgery. Taking Depakote for a provoked seizure is an unusual clinical approach. Depakote can be given for other reasons. Since Depakote use can be accompanied by serious short term and long term side effects, it is important to see a doctor to develop a better understanding for its use in specific cases. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


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Is it ok to space a med ten hours,then three hours apart my group home insits it is? Med in question is a seizure med

Is it ok to space a med ten hours,then three hours apart my group home insits it is? Med in question is a seizure med

Regular intervals: Generally it is best to take medication at the same time every day. This would be particularly important fro seizure medication ...Read more

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Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Acute vs subsequent: Acute seizures during the overdose indicate toxic state or withdrawal state. This may resolve with good supportive care. Subsequent seizures usually indicate severe brain damage with bad outcome. ...Read more

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If my mom suffered suffered a seizure, and is now forgetful of certain events, what should I do to support her?

If my mom suffered suffered a seizure, and is now forgetful of certain events, what should I do to support her?

Support: What your mom needs now, depends on why she had the seizure. There are many possible causes for this, so i assume she's having a diagnostic workup. If you saw the seizure, your description will be very helpful to her doctors. If her forgetfulness persists, she may need you or other family to attend medical appointments & studies with her. She may need your help remembering to take medicines. ...Read more

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6yr old is currently on life support following an epileptic seizure. She has been told she has encephalopathy. Is there possibility of recovery.

6yr old is currently on life support following an epileptic seizure. She has been told she has encephalopathy. Is there possibility of recovery.

Kids are resilient..: Without knowing any of the details, it is impossible to say. In general, children have an amazing capacity to recover from adverse events. The child's doctors can hopefully give some guidance as to what to expect, but sometimes all we can do is provide supportive care and hope that the child recovers. Time will tell. I hope she gets better soon. ...Read more

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6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

Kids are resilient..: Without knowing any of the details, it is impossible to say. In general, children have an amazing capacity to recover from adverse events. The child's doctors can hopefully give some guidance as to what to expect, but sometimes all we can do is provide supportive care and hope that the child recovers. Time will tell. I hope she gets better soon. ...Read more

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Hi had seizure 1st Saturday slept all of Sunday and have noticed I can't remember the last 3-6months ?

Hi had seizure 1st Saturday slept all of Sunday and have noticed I can't remember the last 3-6months ?

Can happen: I assume you received medical attention, perhaps in an ER. Transient Epileptic Amnesia is common after a seizure, particularly if it involves the temporal lobes. This memory loss is usually very brief. However it is now being recognized that seizures can cause retrograde amnesia(can't remember past events) and anterograde amnesia(can't form new memories) see:http://bit.ly/1DzuDmQ *>SEE Neurologist ...Read more

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I just feel low on energy and don't feel like doing nothing, i have these seizures every 3 weeks or so ?

I just feel low on energy and don't feel like doing nothing, i have these seizures every 3 weeks or so ?

Seizures not normal: Having seizures is not a normal occurrence. Seizures are an electrical disturbance of normal brain activity which disrupts motor activity, cognition, and awareness. If seizures are occurring in someone for unexplained reasons, it is extremely important they get evaluated, typically by a Neurologist, to determine what the episodes are and correct the underlying cause promptly. ...Read more

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What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

Don't know: Exactly...Head trauma, alcohol, drug interaction, medication interactions, are examples of things that could trigger a condition. Neurotransmitter imbalance, perhaps nutrient imbalance. Sometimes we never find the exact cause. Hopefully you have had a thorough workup. Consider a chinese medicine practitioner as that can add a wonderful dimension of understanding and other treatment options. ...Read more

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My 6 year old son had back to back seizures this morning and went to the hosp. They didn't tell me much .. Help?

My 6 year old son had back to back seizures this morning and went to the hosp. They didn't tell me much .. Help?

Possible rolandic: Many children will have seizures from sleep at that age. This may be a benign disorder that he will outgrow. I assume that he had a thorough evaluation including ct scan and should have a good quality eeg. Often the eeg shows focal spikes in the rolandic region. If he is otherwise normal and doing well, there is a good chance he will outgrow the disorder. ...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