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What Are Narcoleptic Seizures
Bad brain activity: A seizure is an abnormal motor or sensory event that is caused by abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Usually the brain can inhibit or suppress abnormal activity. However in certain disease states, genetic syndromes, scarring of the brain or acute infection or injury, the brain inhibition is lost and seizure activity will occur. ...Read more
A Type Of Seizure: Tonic seizures are short seizures consisting of a sudden increase in the tone of muscles throughout the body leading to a stiff appearance. They are commonly associated with lennox-gastaut syndrome and are readily identified with EEG monitoring during an episode. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epilepsy Syndromes: Many epileptologists (neurologists who specialist in epilepsy) are working to change our language from "seizure disorder" to epilepsy so that patients and others loose fear of the word epilepsy and can find good information at places like www.epilepsy.com - there are likely as many forms of epilepsy as forms of cancer. To treat well, ask a doctor to help find the reason if having seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypnogogic : Hypnogogic hallucinations are visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events -- usually brief but occasionally prolonged -- that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep. They can come with the syndrome of narcolepsy, but they don't have to. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder consisting of the above, along with daytime sleepiness, cataplexy (suddenly going limp), and sleep paralysis. ...Read more
Only part of brain: At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain. Typically one remains awake - unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many causes: There are many causes of seizures including, abnormalities of metabolism such as excessively low blood sugar, alcohol poisoning and drug intoxication, low oxygen to the brain during breathing problems, acute trauma to the head and brain, infections. these are not considered epilepsy. Epilepsy is defined as seizures coming directly from the brain without any of the above mentioned causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are epileptic seizures usually harmless, but alcohol withdraw seizures can be fatal? Whats the difference? They are both seizures
Somewhat complicated: Briefly, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It oth benhances inhibitory tone and inhibits excitatory tone. Abrupt cessation results in overactivity of the CNS. Untreated alcohol withdrawal seizures can lead to delerium tremens defined by hallucinations, disorientation, tachycardia, hypertension, hyperthermia, agitation, and diaphoresis which can have fatal complications. ...Read more
It is rare: Some seizures produce certain symptoms before the actual epileptic phenomenon (aura). Rarely especially in children intermittent repeated short lived"attacks" occur the are either entirely related to GI symptoms or are preceded by these symptoms. They are termed abdominal epilepsy, if other causes are ruled out!? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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