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Do you have to go to the hospital after a grand mal epileptic seizure?

Do you have to go to the hospital after a grand mal epileptic seizure?

Depends: If you've never had one before, you need to go to be evaluated for the cause - with acute serious issues ruled out. If you have a known history, there's no need to go as long as you're not injured during the seizure. ...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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Can you be conscious during a grand mal seizure?

Can you be conscious during a grand mal seizure?

Not likely: Grand mal or generalized tonic clonic seizures are episodes when folks "lose consciousness" followed by generalized body stiffening (tonic phase). ...Read more

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How would you recognize a pre teen having a grand mal seizure?

How would you recognize a pre teen having a grand mal seizure?

Convulsion: A grand mal seizure consists of loss of postural tone, generalized stiffness or shaking of the body and loss of consciousness. Should be obvious if it occurs ...Read more

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Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Yes: Grand mal is another name for tonic clonic which has 2 phases in succession stiffening and jerking trashing and kicking is not a good description, because it may not be a seizure at all. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a petit and grand mal seizure?

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

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Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Yes.: While JME is often fairly easy to treat (80+ percent of cases) there are cases which are terribly difficult to get under control. This may be perceived as worsening after the first identified seizure...which often is the first convulsion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if somebody has seizures during sleep, is it epilepsy or partial epilepsy?

Can you tell me if somebody has seizures during sleep, is it epilepsy or partial epilepsy?

Epilepsy: Partial epilepsy merely describes a focal onset event, and repetitive seizures of any type need to be treated. See a neurologist and get started. ...Read more

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If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

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 more

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Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

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

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Can you tell me if i had a petit mal seizure, do I have epilepsy?

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

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What can I do to address tonic clonic convulsive seizures?

What can I do to address tonic clonic convulsive seizures?

Ask your neuro: A lot of good medicime, keppra, (levetiracetam) depakote, lamictal--get all the studies needed-mri, eeg---follow with your doctor need blood levels-- have a rescue med like ativan, valium available to use in emergency. ...Read more

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What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

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

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Can you give yourself a gran mal seizure? Is it mostly hereditary epilepsy or head injury

Can you give yourself a gran mal seizure? Is it mostly hereditary epilepsy or head injury

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

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Do people ever get petit mal seizure due to a brain injury?

Do people ever get petit mal seizure due to a brain injury?

Yes: Traumatic brain injury can result in any number of problems - with memory, emotions, motor control, sensation. Due to damage to a portion of the brain caused by the trauma, seizures can develop as scar tissue forms. ...Read more

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Might having grand mal seizures entitle me to disablility?

Might having grand mal seizures entitle me to disablility?

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

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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

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What does it feel like to have a petite mal seizure?

What does it feel like to have a petite mal seizure?

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 more

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How would you know if your child is having petit mal seizures?

How would you know if your child is having petit mal seizures?

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 more

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Can you tell me what occurs during an epileptic seizure?

Can you tell me what occurs during an epileptic seizure?

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

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Is it possible to be conscious for a grand mal seizure?

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

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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Tonic Clonic Seizure (Definition)

A tonic clonic seizure is a generalized seizure involving loss of consciousness and is associated with both ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more