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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between A Seizure And Passing Out

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I want to know what is the difference between what a seizure feels like and what passing out feels like?

I want to know what is the difference between what a seizure feels like and what passing out feels like?

Can be hard to tell: Seizures can be preceded by an "aura", a feeling that the seizure is coming. This could be a strange smell, taste, feeling, visual hallucination. Passing out is typically preceded by a feeling of lightheadness, and/or nausea, sweatiness. Dangerous causes of passing out have no warning. You will be doing something and bam, you wake up on the floor. Hope this helps. ...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 is the difference between a seizure and a mini stroke?

What is the difference between a seizure and a mini stroke?

Different: Simply put, a seizure is an abnormal electrical activity of the brain. Tia is caused by disruption in blood flow to a part of the brain causing temporary impaired function. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a seizure & a pseudoseizure? I have tuberous sclerosis & my EEG came back normal. I swear I am not "faking" these!

What is the difference between a seizure & a pseudoseizure? I have tuberous sclerosis & my EEG came back normal. I swear I am not "faking" these!

Seizure vs pseudo: A seizure is a brain event due to abnormal electrical activity. A pseudoseizure is a psychological issue and not actually a seizure from the brain. Up to 50% of people who have epilepsy may not show an abnormality on eeg between seizures. Seizures are common in tuberous sclerosis. A normal eeg does not rule out epilepsy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a convulsion and a seizure?

What is the difference between a convulsion and a seizure?

Semantics: A person may experience a sudden event with strange behavior and altered awareness. The brain and body appear to be seized by some unknown force. This can be called a seizure. If the behavior involves tonic stiffening and then clinic jerking of the body, then it is referred to as a convulsion. Often there is difficulty breathing and foamy saliva in the mouth and perhaps incontinence. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stroke and a seizure?

What is the difference between a stroke and a seizure?

Much difference: A seizure is a sudden electrical surge in the brain usually related to brain malformation or dysplasia. Seizures can also be related to tumors or metastasis in the brain. Damage to brain by trauma, ischemia, and metabolic disorders can also result in seizure. Stroke is usually from blood vessel clot or narrowing due to atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and hemorrhage from aneurysm. ...Read more

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What is the difference between epilepsy and seizure?

What is the difference between epilepsy and seizure?

Event vs. syndrome: A seizure is an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain. Seizures can be caused by drugs, tomors, stroke, head injury among other things. Epilepsy is a syndrome of someone who has had two or more unprovoked seizures. ...Read more

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What is the difference between convulsions and seizures?

What is the difference between convulsions and seizures?

Convulsion or seizr: A convulsion describes a certain type of seizure, one that includes loss of consciousness and involuntary movement on both sides of the body. A seizure is an aberrant electrical discharge on the surface of the brain, which may involve loss of consciousness, or not, as well as involuntary movement, or not. There are many types of seizures, too many to describe in this small box. ...Read more

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What is the difference between simple / complex partial seizures?

What is the difference between simple / complex partial seizures?

Internat. classif. : C;assification based on observation(clinical and eeg) rather than the underlying pathophysiology/anatomy. I partial seizures (older term: focal seizures) a simple partial seizures - consciousness is not impaired. Complex partial seizures - consciousness is impaired. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a TIA and petit mal seizure?

TIA or seizure?: A petit mal seizure is caused by an electrical disturbance in the brain, it normally lasts about 20 seconds. It is common for it to occur over and over. It often causes involuntary movement, sensation, or visual disturbance. A TIA is also a mini stroke. It is caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in loss of function. It lasts less than 24 hours. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a severe hypoglycemic event and a tonic seizure?

Seizure : A hypoglycemic 'event' means because of severely low blood sugar you lose consciousness.But, thats not a seizure. A seizure is a burst of abnormal electrica activity. You might or might not totally lose consciousness. (There are several kinds of seizures as well.) Lastly, ultralow blood sugar can be a cause of seizure. ...Read more

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Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more


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