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What does it feel like when you have a tonic clonic seizure?

What does it feel like when you have a tonic clonic seizure?

You do not feel: No awareness what so ever, loss of consiousness, jerking, tongue bitting, injury like broken bone, incontinence--it take some time to recover if there is an emotional experience it is not primary it was a partial seiz which generalized. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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What i want to know, if I have a tonic clonic seizure, should someone call 911 immediately, or should they still wait 5 minutes?

What i want to know, if I have a tonic clonic seizure, should someone call 911 immediately, or should they still wait 5 minutes?

Self limited seizure: Most seizures are short and self limited, usually from 2-5 minutes. If you have had seizures in the past and had them stop spontaneously, the waiting time should be that time if it is less than 5-7 minutes. If there is any indication of respiratory distress, or a fall from which a head injury occurred, i would call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Yes; possible.: Children who have had a single tonic-clonic seizure, the risk that they will have more seizures depends on many factors. Some will outgrow their epilepsy. Some need to be controlled by seizure medicines. Many who are seizure-free for a few yrs. While taking seizure medicine will stay seizure-free if the medicine is gradually stopped. If exam & eeg is normal, 70% will stay seizure free w/o meds. ...Read more

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How common is it to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no history of epilepsy?

How common is it to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no history of epilepsy?

Seizures vs epilepsy: Tonic clonic seizures is a type of seizures, as opposed to absence or partial seizures caused by a variety of causes including drugs, medications, trauma, stroke, electrolyte disorder to have epilepsy is to have recrurrent unprovoked seizures, so we cannot compare apples and oranges. ...Read more

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What is like to witness a tonic clonic seizure?

Scarry: You feel the person may die, or injure himself, but that may not happen if you are a good witness you job is to protect that person from injury. ...Read more

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Can you tell me for how long does a tonic-clonic seizure last?

Average: The average for a GTC is around 2.5 minutes. 3 is common. 4 is getting pretty long. 5 is a medical emergency. Recovery takes much longer, of course. ...Read more

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Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

It is a type of sz: A tonic clonic seizure is a type of seizure when there are alternating movements of muscle stiffening and contraction on both sides. There are many other types of seizures besides this one, including partial seizure, absence seizure, myoclonic seizure, complex partial seizure, etc. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a pseudoseizure and a tonic-clonic seizure?

May look the same: They may look the same. The biggest difference is the brain waves are different- that is what makes EEG recording so helpful for distinguishing these from each other. Some people have both. ...Read more

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How much jerking do you have to do before you call it a tonic-clonic seizure?

Tonic-clonic jerks: A brief seizure with jerking only for a few seconds can still be a tonic-clonic seizure. To know you need to have an experienced observer who has seen one before. There is no way you can identify this yourself (since you would be unconscious). Other indications that a tonic-clonic seizure occurred include: biting your tongue, wetting yourself, a vertebral fracture, or gasping for breath afterwards. ...Read more

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Should you cover someone with a blanket after a tonic clonic seizure?

Should you cover someone with a blanket after a tonic clonic seizure?

Not needed: There is no need to cover someone after a tonic-clonic seizure. If you see a seizure, help the person to the ground so they cannot fall. Turn them to one side, to reduce the risk of choking. Do not put anything in their mouth. Do NOT perform CPR. If they do not stop after 5 minutes, call for emergency help. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more