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What To Expect After A 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
Bad brain activity: A seizure is an abnormal motor or sensory event that is caused by abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Usually the brain can inhibit or suppress abnormal activity. However, in certain disease states, genetic syndromes, scarring of the brain or acute infection or injury, the brain inhibition is lost and seizure activity will occur. ...Read more
Neuron discharge: Seizures are of many types and result from incoordinated neuron discharges. They can be focal without loss of consciousness or more severe with loss of consciousness as well as uncontrolled motor movements. ...Read more
Excitable brain cell: Anything that causes brain cells to be irritated or overexcitable can cause a seizure. Genetic causes of epilepsy that lead to an abnormality in excitability of neurons or miswiring of connections can cause seizures. Also, any scar or lesion on the brain can cause seizure. Infections and other conditions that alter the body's normal chemistry can cause seizures. ...Read more
Seizure causes: There are around 200, 000 new seizures and epilepsy cases each year, and a cause is only identified in about 30% of those cases. The most common causes include stroke, brain tumors, head injuries, genetic conditions, infections, abnormal sodium or blood sugar levels, etc. Certain factors known to provoke seizures include missing medication doses, alcohol/drugs, sleep deprivation and stress. ...Read more
Treated/not cured: People with epilepsy have more and better treatment options than ever before. There are now 20 antiepileptic drugs approved for use in the United States, and many more are in development. The use of surgery has been greatly refined, and new surgical techniques have been developed. People also may be treated with vagus nerve stimulation or the ketogenic diet in some cases. ...Read more
What doesn't?: Dehydration, use of illicit drugs, infections both at the level of the brain and spinal cord as well as anywhere else in the body medications, flashing lights, noncompliance with anti-seizure medication regimen, strokes, metabolic disorders, trauma to the head, hyperventilation. Does that list seem complete enough to cover whatever you might be thinking? There very well may be other causes as well ...Read more
Loss of tone:
Some complex epileptic have drop attacks=fall to the floor because of loss of muscle tone in legs
usually have other seizures like tonic= totally stiff or starring spells in same child--or myoclonic seizures like simple jerks of trunk or limb. ...Read more
Abnormal electricity: An epileptic seizure is an abnormal electrical discharge of the brain. It usually causes abnormal behavioral change; less commonly there may be no overt behavioral change, though the person may have a lapse of time. ...Read more
Abort and Prevent: If a seizure is happening in front of you and not stopping on its own, abortive medication such as Ativan (lorazepam) or other sedatives can be used to stop it. To prevent seizures from occurring in the first place, we use a wide variety of medications that serve to reduce neuronal firing; some of these act by blocking excitatory pathways, some by activating inhibitory pathways, and some remain a mystery. ...Read more
Only part of brain: At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain. Typically, one remains awake — unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions. ...Read more
Unknown: When nerve cell in brain fires electrical discharges abnormally, these discharges affect other nerve cells. Our brain has protective mechanism to avoid spread of those discharges. One cause is failure of the mechanism, why one nerve cell fires abnormally is stll not completely answered. Many researches are going on and more and more new informations are coming up but still no final answer. ...Read more
Electric: While all epileptic seizures are caused by electrical disturbances in the brain, there are many kinds of seizures. See http://www.Epilepsyfoundation. Org/livingwithepilepsy/parentsandcaregivers/parents/typesofseizures. Cfm for more information. ...Read more
Many possible causes: First of all, you want to make sure that your baby is having true epileptic seizures and not some other non-epileptic events. Causes of seizures depend on age and situation. There are many possible causes including fever, metabolic changes, prior abnormal brain development, brain injury, tumors, strokes and hemorrhages, and genetic causes. It is best to seek expert advice from your doctor(s). ...Read more
Epilepsy Syndromes: Many epileptologists (neurologists who is a specialist in epilepsy) are working to change our language from "seizure disorder" to epilepsy so that patients and others loose fear of the word epilepsy and can find good information at places like www.epilepsy.com — there are likely as many forms of epilepsy as forms of cancer. To treat well, ask a doctor to help find the reason if having seizures. ...Read more
For some people, yes: There are some people who have a seizure in response to a particular flickering light frequency, which may be seen in video games or television. It happens even when the eyes are closed (!) These people have a generalized epilepsy, like juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. ...Read more
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