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What is the best way to address grand mal seizures?

What is the best way to address grand mal seizures?

Accurate description: The best way to define a seizure is to view it from start to finish with all sensory and motor events recorded as well as the on-going eeg. If it starts in one area of the brain, it is partial. If it starts all over, it is generalized. If there is alteration of consciousness, it is complex. Grand mal should not be used. ...Read more

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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My wife has grand mal seizures, takes meds. During seizure she appears unable to breath. Is that normal, what are the risks, how can I best help her?

The goal is to: prevent siezures in the first place by making sure medications for seizures are therapeutic. Therefore, a neurologist should see her frequently to ensure this is achieved. The neurologist will also look into the respiratory part of the seizure to determine if there is central apnea (or cessation of breathing). EEG should be done regularly. ...Read more

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Husband had 3 grand Mal seizures Sunday today (wed) he keeps saying he thinks he hears the baby crying but the baby isn't here. Normal?

Husband had 3 grand Mal seizures Sunday today (wed) he keeps saying he thinks he hears the baby crying but the baby isn't here.  Normal?

Not normal: These two findings are suggestive of two different types of seizures or other neurological process which would never be considered normal. Hopefully he is under the care of a qualified neurologist. If not, find one! Best wishes ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience multiple grand mal seizures in a 5 year period like say around 10-12?

Is it possible to experience multiple grand mal seizures in a 5 year period like say around 10-12?

Epilepsy: It is possible to have 2-3 seizures per year. Generalized tonic clonic seizures or secondary generalization can occur in different patients at different frequency. Medication and surgical interventions are available to reduce the risk and incidence of seizures. ...Read more

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I seizured two stokes , then i seizured two grand mal seizures, the a dr. Put me up the psych ward. ?

I seizured two stokes , then i seizured two grand mal seizures, the a dr. Put me up the psych ward. ?

Sounds odd: If you truly had 2 strokes and 2 grand mal seizures, being admitted to a psychiatric unit sounds very odd. The more usual option would be a neurological consult and possible admission to neurology. If the seizures result from alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal, psychiatric admission might be an eventual option. ...Read more

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Stopped tramadol after having multiple grand mal seizures. Should I have tapered? It's been a week since last dose do I still have to worry?

May be no worry: Long-term use of high doses of tramadol may be associated with physical dependence and a withdrawal syndrome. Tramadol causes typical opiate-like withdrawal symptoms as well as atypical withdrawal symptoms including seizures, but these symptoms usually come within 72 hours of stopping it. If you don't have any symptoms after 1 week, then its unlikely you get withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Epilepsy (Tonic Clonic Or Grand Mal Seizures) (Definition)

Grand mal seizures are a clinical finding in which a person loses consciousness and their entire body experiences uncontrolled rhythmic muscle contractions and may result in incontinence during the seizure. ...Read more