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Small Seizures Vs. Mini Strokes
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will the seizure and jerking ever stop its been 4 years since small stroke 4 hours since last seizure im told by daughter?
Some directions: The stroke seemingly is the underlying culprit, but your daughter needs far better seizure control. Many medications are available, and if part of the jerking involves myoclonus, you might find added success with Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but other drugs may help. In some cases, if more than three drugs have been used without significant benefit, might consider a vagal nerve stim unit. ...Read more
Differences: Stroke is brain damage related to decreased blood flow to the brain. Symptoms vary depending on where in the brain the damage is done. TIA is symptoms like stroke that go away. It can be a warning sign of increased risk for stroke. Seizure is caused by a focus of abnormal electrical activity in the brain; symptoms depend on the location in the brain of that activity. Syncope is fainting. ...Read more
Husband diagnosed with focal seizures, and continuing mini strokes. What would be the best course of action, to keep him safe?
Need a diagnosis: Your husband needs a diagnosis, i.e. a reason why he is having seizures and mini strokes. There are multiple possibilities and you are not giving any further information so I am not going to speculate. I would agree with the recommendation for a neurologist but most importantly a workup needs to happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had eclampsia when I had my daughter 15 years ago I had seizures blindness and 5 mini strokes do u think im going to have more health issues?
Already serious issu: You have already experienced serious constelation of problems from eclampsia. You did not indicate what your condition is now. that would be very important, for instance are you still having seizures. The complications of eclampsia cause long term problems based on the problems that have persisted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not rare: In the older age group, seizures are often caused by cerebrovascular disease, and needs preventative treatment. Many anti-epileptic drugs are useful, but since older folks take multiple meds, best to find one without drug-drug interactions, such as lyrica, keppra, vimpat, (lacosamide) neurontin, etc. ...Read more
Not unusual: Approx 10% of stroke patients have seizures within 5 years after a stroke. Some of these patients have multiple seizure episodes, and are diagnosed with post-stroke epilepsy. Seizures soon after stroke may be related to blood product irritation (hemorrhagic strokes) or related to decreased blood flow, hypoxia (low oxygen) or other factors for ischemic (embolic) stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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