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What Causes Seizures In Your Sleep
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Yes because both lower the threshold to having a seizure. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
If dr admisntrating an EEG does not know my son os taking phenobarbital for sleep could this cause a false positive for seizures?
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
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
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?
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
If I was on a barbituat sleeping pill at 16 when I had one seizure would this cause a postive on an eeg?
U need help, Jeff24: I see that you posted many questions all related to your "seizure" which you may have had 14 yrs ago. Despite multiple answers from different docs, you are not satisfied and seem to obsess about this issue more and more. U have constant fear of this, which has not occured in 14 yrs, I think you need help--likely med and/or therapy to help you get over this fear/obsession. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Can arrhythmias cause major sleep disturbances nightly? (i have already been tested for apnea and night seizures and have differing results...).
I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?
?: Only thing I can think of is that he feels lack of restorative sleep is a major risk factor triggering your seizures, so quieting down your frontal brain lobe and improving your sleep quality will decrease your seizure episodes and their severity. You need to have this conversation with your doctor and a neurologist. ...Read more
Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?
What sleeping pill prescription would contain barbiturates I was given it when I was young for sleep it was to strong and caused seizure?
Jeff24, U need help: I see that you posted many questions all related to your "seizure" which you may have had 14 yrs ago. Despite multiple answers from different docs, you are not satisfied and seem to obsess about this issue more and more. U have constant fear of this, which has not occured in 14 yrs, I think you need help--likely med and/or therapy to help you get over this fear/obsession. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Can high does of barbituates for sleep cause a 16 year old to have gran mal seizures or seizure like symtoms upon waking. Eyes rolling limp?
Barbiturates: Barbiturates can certainly cause seizure like symptoms. The question is whether the barbiturates were mixed with other drugs in a cocktail. ...Read more
Can nembutal cause a positive EEG in a teenager who was talking the pills for sleep one pos EEG one neg. Dr said pill caused seizure?
Nembutal: Nembutal is a barbiturate that is actually indicated to control seizure disorders, in addition to the sedative effect prescribed for your teen. It does have idiosyncratic side effects on the cns, and can cause sg abnormalities, especially if your teen was using other meds or ingested alcohol. I presume the Nembutal was discontinued and something else rxd for sleep? If so, there should be no sequel. ...Read more
What is the reason for epileptic seizure while sleeping only? Could it progress to happen at any time? Does extreme stress and depression cause it?
Any kind of seizure can happen at night, but 10-45% of people with epilepsy have seizures that occur mostly during sleep or with sleep deprivation. The mechanism isn't fully understood -- yet it could have something to do with the multiple brain wave phase shifts that occur during sleep. Http://tinyurl. Com/nhxa967
extreme stress and depression can both disrupt sleep cycle, intensifying this. ...Read more
Neurologist thinks sleep apnea caused my mom's seizure. Does this seem reasonable? Neurologists and pathologists only please
Maybe: I could not find information that linked sleep apnea to being the only cause of seizures. But it has been reported to worsen seizure activity that might have been caused by a stroke, scar or other cause. It also has been reported that seizures at nite during sleep might be misdiagnosed as sleep apnea. In any case both issues need to be evaluated and treated by an experienced specialists. ...Read more
Can a barbiturate sleeping pill given to a teen cause him to be limp and eyes rolling and hard to wake in the morning? Or is this a seizure
Yes: Those are all side effects of barbiturates. They can persist for a day or longer, depending on the medication. Is the medicine prescribed for the teen? Or is he taking someone else's medicine? Personally, I don't prescribe barbiturates to teens. ...Read more