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What To Do During A Grand Mal 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
Very different: An eeg tells the definitive difference because they have different brain wave patterns. But clinically petit mal are absence seizures where the person just blanks out for a second and then starts up like nothing happened. Grand mal involves the whole body in what is called tonic-clonic where arms and legs twitch and convulse. Eyes roll back in head, loss of consciousness. ...Read more
Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?
If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?
Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. there are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. your neurologist should have that information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more
Hmmmm....: "petit mal" is an old term for "absence seizures, " but non-neurologists often mistakenly use the term as a synonym for "complex partial seizure." either way, having multiple unprovoked seizures constitutes "epilepsy." developing absence seizures at you age would be distinctly uncommon, whilst complex partial would be much more typical. ...Read more
Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. ...Read more
Grand mal seizure: Seizures can be caused by a lack of sleep, hunger, poor nutrition and stress. It is important to live moderately and closely monitor your seizure medication. Seizures can occur after head injury but epilepsy is uncommon after head injury. Likewise, inherited seizures or epilepsy is very uncommon but is seen in some genetic disorders. ...Read more
Possibly: Talk to your doctor about this issue. You may be eligible but it's important to know how well controlled the seizures are and the type of work you are skilled to do, particularly if it involves more risky duties such as driving or operating heavy machinery. ...Read more
How to tell if myoclonic jerks are a seizure my child has these all through the night some nights but how to tell what's normal from myoclonic epileps?
Neurologist?: As a physician it is through the descriptions that the patient makes that one can start to determine if they are meaningful. I would video these movements that you have concerns about and show them to your physician or pediatric neurologist. This would be very helpful and then if necessary further tests can be done to determine if they are seizures. ...Read more
Absence: True petit mal seizures are called absence seizures because the person who experiences one is not aware that a seizure has occurred. It is as if a switch has been turned off and then when the seizure is over, the switch has been turned on. there is no awareness of time having past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need EEG: Staring is common in children. The way to diagnose petit mal epilepsy is a sleep deprived EEG with hyperventilation. Seizures can be brought out with drowsiness and hyperventilation is a common trigger for petit mal seizures. The EEG will record any electrical abnormalities that may occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal discharges: During a seizure there is abnormal electral activity involing a group of discharging neurons. (brain cells) we might be talking about a small part of the cortex of your brain or a large groupe of neurons depending on the type and location. These rapidly discharging cells use up a lot of oxygen, neurotransmitters and nutrients and will stop firing on their own (at least for a while). ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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