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What Is The Best Treatment For Myoclonic Seizure
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
Myoclonus : is a symptom of some epileptic and non epileptic syndromes ( eg Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, nocturnal myoclonus, etc) Because you are a medical student I would recommend you take 20 to 30 minutes to google both terms and if you end up spending 3 hours or more researching this I would be favorably impressed and say you are well on your way to becoming a kick ass doctor ! ...Read more
Seizure v epilepsy: The easy answer is that epilepsy is a condition of two or more unprovoked seizures. A myoclonic seizure is a single event, myoclonic epilepsy is the tendency to continue to have myoclonic seizures. Normally the two of these are associated though, since most people who have myoclonic seizures have myoclonic epilepsy or a similar form of epilepsy. ...Read more
Can you tell me in the summer I was diagnosed with juvenlie myoclonic epilepsy could a seizure happen at night?
First...: Although possible, it is DISTINCTLY uncommon to begin having seizures due to JME at 42. The syndrome comes on a puberty, and is genetic (autosomal dominant with variable penetrance). Second...yes. Although people with JME more often have seizures shortly after awakening, some can have seizures at night. I'd make sure an epilepsy subspecialist concurs with diagnosis. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?
Myoclonic seizures: are most likely to occur around the time of awakening. Other seizure types associated with JME can occur in sleep more than when awake (focal seizures, GTC, secondarily generalized GTC) Absence seizures tend to be brought out by hyperventilation if they occur at all. No two cases, to me, are identical making diagnosis a bit tricky. Best of luck. (Treat with Depakote, Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal) ...Read more
I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?
Seizures : Stopping seizure meds can be an option. However not without close medical supervision. Talk with your doctor. Find out if the time is right. Going off these meds needs to be done gradually so as to not trigger a seizure again. It must be a great feeling to be seizure free. Staying without seizures is the goal. Do it with the council of your doctor ! ...Read more
Several: Best med is the one that controls seizures without side effects. Depakene (valproic acid) you are taking may work. Others include lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, levetiracetam, topiramate, zonisamide or lacosamide. There are others. Other than matching the drug to your seizure type, the tinder of see effects you might experience may vary (if yogurt side effects at all). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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