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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Epilepsy
Classical onset: Unilateral loss of vision, loss of balance and coordination, electrical shocks down back on flexion of neck, weakness and stiffness in legs, but also, more subtle, including focal weakness, fatigue, cognitive deterioration, double vision, dizziness, etc. Important, these presentations may be associated with other illnesses, and, in themselves are not diagnostic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
For seizures: Some are at risk for epilepsy- major head trauma, stroke, brain infection, strong family history are risks. Some get warnings of seizure: funny smells, tastes, abnormal feelings in stomach, shaking of an arm or leg. These may be beginnings of seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizures vary: Most common is primary generalized epilepsy, seizures originate in both hemispheres of brain at once, may be convulsive, absence-type, myoclonic, or atonic drop attacks. Slightly less common are localization-related or complex partial seizures, a short circuit in one area of the brain, may be convulsive or nonconvulsive seizures. Simple partial and absence seizures round out the list. Good luck! ...Read more
Not necessarily: It depends on what you truly experience. In its true sense, hypnic jerks are not related to epilepsy. But many people mistake hypnic jerks for myoclonus. Myoclonus may be a sign of epilepsy. It best to differentiate the two with a consult to a sleep medicine specialist which may likely lead to a sleep study with overnight electroencephalography (depending on your symptoms). ...Read more
Symptoms of epilepsy: Many epileptics are not aware of their seizures. Characteristic will be repetitive, stereotypical episodes of non purposeful actions. There may be a history of falls and injury without knowing why, a feeling of familiarity with a place where you have not been before, finding yourself in a place but not know how you got there., episodes of confusion clearing in minutes to 24 hours. ...Read more
?nocturnal events?: Myoclonic jerks upon falling asleep are well within the normal range of behavior and do not signify epilepsy. Such jerks while asleep may be true nocturnal myoclonus. more commonly termed PLMS, and is a sleep disorder, not epilepsy. However, if jerks do occur sporadically during day in addition to above, get evaluation for possible epilepsy. ...Read more
Cognitive decline: If seizures continue or are poorly controlled, may have side effects from meds, may get better on their own if no seizures for 2 years or so. ...Read more
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