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Should you cover someone with a blanket after a tonic clonic seizure?

Should you cover someone with a blanket after a tonic clonic seizure?

Not needed: There is no need to cover someone after a tonic-clonic seizure. If you see a seizure, help the person to the ground so they cannot fall. Turn them to one side, to reduce the risk of choking. Do not put anything in their mouth. Do NOT perform CPR. If they do not stop after 5 minutes, call for emergency help. ...Read more

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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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Please explain why people vomit after a tonic clonic seizure?

Please explain why people vomit after a tonic clonic seizure?

Not very common: A generalized seizure could result in tongue biting with bleeding and tendency to choke and trigger vomiting. Rare that folks actually choke on tongue but this could trigger a gag reflex with vomiting. Aspiration into the lung is likewise uncommon but this too could provoke the GI distress. ...Read more

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What i want to know, if I have a tonic clonic seizure, should someone call 911 immediately, or should they still wait 5 minutes?

Self limited seizure: Most seizures are short and self limited, usually from 2-5 minutes. If you have had seizures in the past and had them stop spontaneously, the waiting time should be that time if it is less than 5-7 minutes. If there is any indication of respiratory distress, or a fall from which a head injury occurred, i would call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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How long following a tonic clonic seizure would an EEG be able to pick up any abnormal activity?

How long following a tonic clonic seizure would an EEG be able to pick up any abnormal activity?

Interictal findings: A seizure does not need to occur to find abnormalities between seizures. These are called interictal abnormalities and can be enhanced with sleep deprivation. An eeg is not very sensitive or specific and frequently further detection strategies are required. Good luck in well wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Yes; possible.: Children who have had a single tonic-clonic seizure, the risk that they will have more seizures depends on many factors. Some will outgrow their epilepsy. Some need to be controlled by seizure medicines. Many who are seizure-free for a few yrs. While taking seizure medicine will stay seizure-free if the medicine is gradually stopped. If exam & eeg is normal, 70% will stay seizure free w/o meds. ...Read more

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Please explain when a person should call 911 for someone with diagnosis epilepsy having a tonic clonic seizure?

Please explain when a person should call 911 for someone with diagnosis epilepsy having a tonic clonic seizure?

Call 911: If you do not know the first aide principles for treating people having a seizure, call immediately. If a seizure lasts more than 2 minutes, call 911, as most seizures are shorter than that. If there is any question of compromised breathing call 911. If there is any indication of injury that might compromise the individual, call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have a tonic clonic seizure?

What does it feel like when you have a tonic clonic seizure?

You do not feel: No awareness what so ever, loss of consiousness, jerking, tongue bitting, injury like broken bone, incontinence--it take some time to recover if there is an emotional experience it is not primary it was a partial seiz which generalized. ...Read more

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I have not had tonic clonic seizure for over 5 years...Am i safe?

Maybe: It would depend upon a number of factors: reason for seizures (genetic/acquired), results of your tests (eeg/mri), how easily your seizures were controlled in the first place. Some people are successfully weaned off their anti-seizures medications after being seizure free for two years. However, some with certain forms of genetic epilepsy recur off medications even when seizure free for years. ...Read more

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Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

It is a type of sz: A tonic clonic seizure is a type of seizure when there are alternating movements of muscle stiffening and contraction on both sides. There are many other types of seizures besides this one, including partial seizure, absence seizure, myoclonic seizure, complex partial seizure, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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