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What Does A Simple Partial Seizure Feel Like When You Have One
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
Hi Dr. Is it possible that one has a disease other than epilepsy if he had symptoms of simple partial seizure in 2012 then in 2014 and then now in 20?
MRI +EEG: If you are sure this was a simple partial, there is an area of the brain which triggered it, may be scay, tumour, vascular, stroke, but sometimes we do not find cause. ...Read more
Simple v complex sz:
The difference has to do with alertness.
A simple partial seizure: the person is awake, alert, and they can feel the seizure- it may cause arm or face twitching, tingling or a visual sensation
Complex partial seizure: the person may look awake, but they are not alert, and they may have no memory of the seizure or anything that occurs during the seizure. This may look like staring. ...Read more
I take 75mg topamax (topiramate) 2/day for bipolar. Yesterday I had 4 glasses of wine and had a simple partial seizure while drunk, with motor/visual disturbances. Does this mean I'm prone to seizures?
See your doctor: Not sure why you are so confident that it was a "simple partial seizure." four glasses of wine is too many on one occasion, especially for a woman, and especially for someone being treated for bipolar disorder. You need a full neurological evaluation, especially an eeg and probably a ct scan, as well as several different blood tests. If you didn't see a doctor after this event, you should asap. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to still have simple partial seizure taking 400mg lamictal daily (200 am, 200 pm)?
"danger" vs "ok": The dose of lamictal that most end up at is around 500 mg per day for maintenance. Are you taking any other medications with this that may affect lamictal's effectivity? I would review your med list with MD and consideration may be needed to change your meds to something else to get better control of the seizures. Goal is not to have daily seizures of course.... ...Read more
Simple partial seizure, 26 mos since last episode, on Keppra (levetiracetam) 250mg once a day for 26 months. What's recommended weaning schedule?
Take your time: It may or may not be safe to stop your medication at this point. I usually wait at least 3 yrs, and if totally seizure free over this time, I check an EEG, and repeat neurological exam. If all is well, would wean over about 3-4 months. But, you are taking exceptionally low dose of Keppra, (levetiracetam) which is likely sub therapeutic. Work closely with your neurologist. ...Read more
22 yrs ago found that SSRIs lowered my simple-partial seizure threshold. Since, 20 yrs seizure-free on Depakote plus 2 yrs. With no AEDs. SSRI ok now?
After 20+ yrs (simple-partial) seizure free, going off Depakote (250mg, 4x/day), drop. 250 every 2 wks. At 500 mg, feeling anxious. Withdrawal symptom?
Simple partial seizure vs. Panic attack vs. Pseudoseizure? I have tuberous sclerosis & my dr goes back/forth btwn them as diagnosis. I'm frustrated!
Assessment.: Do you have both a psychiatrist and a neurologist? It would probably be important to be evaluated by both type of specialists and for them to collaborate. Take care. ...Read more
Simple partial seizure- fuzzy feeling in head. Pressure in nose, teeth and neck pain can last hours?
Most simple partial seizures are shorter duration just few minutes--they are like aura to other seizures--most simple seizures are unlateral, meaning either right or left motor, sensory--at times psychic like deja vu or autonomic--
only sure way is to experience the same clinical experience with brain wave recording showing abnormal electric discharges, in one location in brain
some times it is deep. ...Read more
Yes: It is not uncommon to require more than one anti-seizure medication to control seizures. ...Read more
I'm online now. Type your question here. Expecting phenobarb coma tomorrow for partial seizure status. What can we expect in recovery from coma?
COMA: What was the cause of the COMA? The reason for the COMA determines the recovery. For example a heroine addict can be in a COMA from overdose, but be back to normal mentation in minutes with narcan. However if someone had head injury or some infection causing COMA recovery can be awhile. ...Read more
Unlikely, but: If the seizure were to be untreated, generalize, and result in a series of uncontrolled convulsions, this could be life-threatening. Also, lack of therapy could lead to nitetime events, causing sudep, a risky situation. Thus, all seizure disorders should be treated with medication to be safe. ...Read more
See below: Complex partial seizures affect a larger area of the brain than simple partial seizures. It affects consciousness-person can't interact or control movements, speech or actions; doesn't know what their doing; can't remember afterwards what happened during the seizure. Often take place in the temporal lobes-bilat. Cereb. Hemispheres sometimes referred to as temporal lobe epilepsy/psychomotor epilepsy. ...Read more
Yes, it is possible: Although not a rosy answer but yes it is possible. It is an unfortunate complication of a not properly managed or treated complex partial seizure. If you having seizures, it is recommended that you consult your neurologist for close evaluation and management. Please view this link from the epilepsy foundation: http://epilepsy. Com/learn/types-seizures/complex-partial-seizures. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Yes: Medications are available to control this condition. You should make sure to identify the cause. ...Read more
Sounds odd: Seeing as the average complex partial seizure is about 2 minutes... I'm not seeing how 2 weeks of symptoms--especially if continuous symptoms--would be due to a single seizure. ...Read more
Varies: Typical......Motionless state, altered cosciousness followed by repetitive purposeless movements.......Arm, hand, lip smacking, swallowing, sucking, chewing, fumbling, picking at clothes, varibly involving both sides. ...Read more
I think my son had a partial seizure. He has asd should I wait for his neuro appt on 2/23 or have er eval him now? He fit signs for complex partial
Mgt: I would advise taking him to the hospital for evaluation. They can call a Neurologist to see him. Ensure that he is breathing comfortably. ...Read more
See a neurologist: You should consult a neurologist who specializes in seizures, to discuss available medications for seizure control ...Read more
Lately have been waking up feeling confused--don't know where I am--possible nocturnal partial seizure? Diangosis with epilepsy-no known seizures for 1.5 yrs
See below: Agree with dr. Lin. Waking up confused is concerning for epilepsy especially with a past history, but it can also be fragmented sleep due to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. If you have bitten your tongue, wet the bed, or have body aches, it can further point to seizures. It is best to consult a neurologist, at this point, to evaluate your events at night ; manage your lamictal, if needed. ...Read more
Diagnosed with complex partial seizure not taking medication but no seizures could this be non epileptic seizures due to stress?
My 10 yr. Old son had a partial seizure and they gave him medication and at the same time I also gave him vitamin C and d in the morning!
No problem: You can continue to give the vitamins with his anti seizure medications. ...Read more
Bit my tongue in my sleep, may have had a partial seizure during the night, not sure. Tongue is swollen and sore. What can I do to help heal my tongue?
It will heal soon:
You can take a couple of tylenols (acetaminophen) as needed (6 hourly). This will relieve the soreness. Also use mouth rinses with lukewarm water to keep it clean. The swelling will go away and it should begin healing in 24-48 hours. Such cuts on the tongue are completely healed in 4-5 days.
Good luck. ...Read more
Some night I believe I'm having partial seizure only night time is that possible only right arm and both legs at night &some days I just twitch?
Could well be: Obviously, varying events could occur at night including seizure activity but also movements associated with a sleep disorder. Not a bad idea to sort this out, via an overnight sleep study, to ascertain the value of modifying your meds. ...Read more
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