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What would cause seizures in your sleep and could it be a brain tumor because I do have a knot behind my right ear hard as a rock the size of a marble?

What would cause seizures in your sleep and could it be a brain tumor because I do have a knot behind my right ear hard as a rock the size of a marble?

Scan needed: Sleep is a frequent time for seizures. Unlikely that the mass outside ur skull is also inside against ur brain---u need a neuro eval and a scan. ...Read more

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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


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What are the most common causes of sleep onset seizures in the mid 30's?

What are the most common causes of sleep onset seizures in the mid 30's?

Several: Based upon the age of insert, they would almost certainly be partial insert seizures (aka "localization related"). At least half the time, no clear reason is uncovered for them starting. Other causes include prior trauma, abnormal tangles of blood vessels stuck in the brain, "birthmarks" on the brain in a localized area, among others. Brain tumor is possible, but less common. ...Read more

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Sometimes while laying in bed before sleep my whole body convulses for about one second. Is this a seizure, if not what is it and what causes it?

Sometimes while laying in bed before sleep my whole body convulses for about one second. Is this a seizure, if not what is it and what causes it?

Too short: One second does not sound like a seizure. There is no obvious explanation. A sleep study may be useful to monitor brain, lung and heart before and during sleep. Discuss with your doc. There are already iphone sleep test applications that you start before sleep, obviously. They may show something during these "convulsions". ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation cause a seizure?

Possibly,: If you already have epilepsy, it can be an adverse trigger, but other triggers could involve recreational drugs, hypoglycemia, stress, lack of eating, some medication reactions, infection etc. If you have experienced a seizure for the first time, this needs evaluation, and possible therapy. ...Read more

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What could cause seizures in my sleep?

What could cause seizures in my sleep?

Brain attacks: Certain types of seizure seem to be more likely to occur from sleep. A benign focal epilepsy of childhood is such a type. Patients with complex partial seizures may be activated by sleep. Medications taken only in the morning may drop in level at night causing a seizure. An all night eeg sleep recording may help understand the condition. ...Read more

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Does Sleep Deprivation cause Seizures?

Does Sleep Deprivation cause Seizures?

Yes: In fact, that is what we call one of the ACTIVATING PROCEDURES when we want to test someone who is suspected of having seizures....we do what's called a SLEEP DEPRIVATION study which means they have to stay up 24 hrs. Straight without sleep before coming to the lab. If you'd like to connect with me for more information look me up at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Could sleep deprivation cause an 8 minute long seizure, or is it more likely something medically undiagnosed?

Could sleep deprivation cause an 8 minute long seizure, or is it more likely something medically undiagnosed?

Get checked: You should not be having an 8 minute seizure even if you're sleep-deprived. Get with a competent neurologist and if nothing else turns up, this would be a diagnosis of exclusion. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm having an epilipsy exam in two days, and I know I can't sleep before it, 'cause they want to check my seizures while I sleep. But can I eat?

I'm having an epilipsy exam in two days, and I know I can't sleep before it, 'cause they want to check my seizures while I sleep. But can I eat?

Asks ordering doc: You generally are to do normal things and keep normal schedule when doing epilepsy testing in teh hospital. Sleep deprivation brings on seizures in some people to this may be reason for that. ...Read more

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What causes gran mal seizures upon waking in morning I had 2 16 years ago but none since I was on barbituates for sleep I was 16 at the time 31 now?

Depends.: The are several possible causes. I would review the situation with an epileptologist to see if there is any clear explanation. ...Read more

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I don't have diabetes type 1. Does diabetes cause sleep-seizures?

I don't have diabetes type 1. Does diabetes cause sleep-seizures?

Hypoglycemia: Nocturnal hypoglycemia is the biggest risk factor for overnight seizures in patients who are on medication for diabetes. ...Read more

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Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

DEPENDS: If you took 1 pill there is no withdrawal. If you took it daily for 2 weeks then there may be withdrawal. ...Read more

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What could cause night seizures or sleep paralysis?

What could cause night seizures or sleep paralysis?

Sleep disorder: Sleep is very complex. We go into a state of paralysis normally during rem sleep. Often we have muscle jerks and spasms during sleep, or even talk and walk about in our sleep. Seizures can be activated by sleep. A good quality sleep eeg may be of value. Special sleep studies can be performed to better characterize your sleep. ...Read more

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Can long-term amphetamine use cause seizures at sleep onset at age 37? The every day seizures started only 2 months ago.

Can long-term amphetamine use cause seizures at sleep onset at age 37? The every day seizures started only 2 months ago.

Seizures: The question is have you seen a physician regarding this? Usually seizures happen with high doses of stimulants. Don't stop the meds. See your physician. ...Read more

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I have had 3 seizures of unknown cause in my sleep since October of 2015. The only connection is a UTI with no symptoms. Any ides?

I have had 3 seizures of unknown cause in my sleep since October of 2015. The only connection is a UTI with no symptoms. Any ides?

Need evaluation: To find the cause of your seizures you need a thorough evaluation. Consult a neurologist who will have tests including a sleep deprived EEG and MRI scan. About 50% of people your age will have an normal EEG. There are other investigations to be done depending on the interview and examination with the neurologist. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety that causes me to have seizures, are there any natural yet effective ways to calm myself? I lose sleep & appetite, & even cry?

I have severe anxiety that causes me to have seizures, are there any natural yet effective ways to calm myself? I lose sleep & appetite, & even cry?

Anxiety + Seizures: Symptoms of a seizure that are caused by anxiety are not the same as seizures caused by irregular electrical firing of the brain. The former may respond to counseling, hypnosis, reassurance, and treatment of anxiety. The latter tend to improve with medicines called anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin and levetiracetam. Whatever helps your anxiety will probably help your seizure symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with seizure disorder. For 25 years I survived on 4 to 5 hours of sleep for my job. Could this be the cause?

I have been diagnosed with seizure disorder. For 25 years I survived on 4 to 5 hours of sleep for my job. Could this be the cause?

No: I don't think your long hours on the job caused your seizure disorder. That said, in patients with known seizures, prolonged periods of sleep deprivation can definitely aggravate their seizures. ...Read more

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My child has:decreased REM sleep & frequent wakings, migrational abnormality in brain that causes seizures, & behavioral probs. Is all of this connected?

Yes, an underlying: Neurological impairment likely causes all symptoms. Seek evaluation by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to search for a genetic or other medical cause. There are known syndromes with lack of rem sleep, the most common of which is down syndrome. Comparative genomic hybridization & a dna probe for fragile x are genetic tests used when there are no physical findings of a specific syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more