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Why Do People Vomit With A Tonic Clonic Seizure
Toxic effect: A seizure is a reaction of the brain to a toxic condition. If the region of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting are involved, then the seizure will cause vomiting. In addition, some patients develop migraine symptoms following a seizure. The vomiting can lead to aspiration pneumonia, that is why they should be laid on their side and nothing put in the mouth. ...Read more
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
Not very common: A generalized seizure could result in tongue biting with bleeding and tendency to choke and trigger vomiting. Rare that folks actually choke on tongue but this could trigger a gag reflex with vomiting. Aspiration into the lung is likewise uncommon but this too could provoke the GI distress. ...Read more
Yes; possible.: Children who have had a single tonic-clonic seizure, the risk that they will have more seizures depends on many factors. Some will outgrow their epilepsy. Some need to be controlled by seizure medicines. Many who are seizure-free for a few yrs. While taking seizure medicine will stay seizure-free if the medicine is gradually stopped. If exam & eeg is normal, 70% will stay seizure free w/o meds. ...Read more
Seizures vs epilepsy:
Tonic clonic seizures is a type of seizures, as opposed to absence or partial seizures caused by a variety of causes including drugs, medications, trauma, stroke, electrolyte disorder
to have epilepsy is to have recrurrent unprovoked seizures, so we cannot compare apples and oranges. ...Read more
I had a tonic-clonic seizure and the neurologist told me not to drive for 6 months. It is the law?
Varies by state: Every state is different in terms of how long the restriction lasts, as well as if the physician is obliged to report the seizure to the dmv. If you have an accident while driving during the period when you are supposed to not be driving, the penalties are severe. For your sake and the sake of others on the road, don't risk it! ...Read more
I had a tonic-clonic seizure and the neurologist told me not to drive for six months. What are the laws?
Different from S to: The seizure-free period required varies from state to state. For example if you are in texas is 6 months. Find out which the requirement in your state. This is for your protection and the protection of others. A different but tangential issue is that there are 6 states requiring that the physician must report the person who had the seizure to the transit authority: calif, delaw, n, nj. Oregon, pen. ...Read more
Possible causes of a tonic-clonic seizure in 32 year old woman with no previous seizures or any neurological issues of any sort?
Irritability: Inflammation and irritability of brain (nervous system) causes seizures. Change diet and lifestyle to prevent future episodes. Avoid grain, lentils, milk protein containing foods. Consume flesh foods, eggs, olive/coconut/avocado oil, grass fed butter, vegetables, minimal fruit. Get sunshine for 30-45 min daily or vitamin D3 10, 000 IU/day, probiotics. Exercise for at least 10-15 minutes/day. ...Read more
It is a type of sz: A tonic clonic seizure is a type of seizure when there are alternating movements of muscle stiffening and contraction on both sides. There are many other types of seizures besides this one, including partial seizure, absence seizure, myoclonic seizure, complex partial seizure, etc. ...Read more
There is no need to cover someone after a tonic-clonic seizure.
If you see a seizure, help the person to the ground so they cannot fall. Turn them to one side, to reduce the risk of choking. Do not put anything in their mouth. Do NOT perform CPR. If they do not stop after 5 minutes, call for emergency help. ...Read more
Interictal findings: A seizure does not need to occur to find abnormalities between seizures. These are called interictal abnormalities and can be enhanced with sleep deprivation. An eeg is not very sensitive or specific and frequently further detection strategies are required. Good luck in well wishes. ...Read more
Please explain when a person should call 911 for someone with diagnosis epilepsy having a tonic clonic seizure?
Call 911: If you do not know the first aide principles for treating people having a seizure, call immediately. If a seizure lasts more than 2 minutes, call 911, as most seizures are shorter than that. If there is any question of compromised breathing call 911. If there is any indication of injury that might compromise the individual, call 911 immediately. ...Read more
Tonic-clonic jerks: A brief seizure with jerking only for a few seconds can still be a tonic-clonic seizure. To know you need to have an experienced observer who has seen one before. There is no way you can identify this yourself (since you would be unconscious). Other indications that a tonic-clonic seizure occurred include: biting your tongue, wetting yourself, a vertebral fracture, or gasping for breath afterwards. ...Read more
What I want to know, if I have a tonic clonic seizure, should someone call 911 immediately, or should they still wait 5 minutes?
Self limited seizure: Most seizures are short and self limited, usually from 2-5 minutes. If you have had seizures in the past and had them stop spontaneously, the waiting time should be that time if it is less than 5-7 minutes. If there is any indication of respiratory distress, or a fall from which a head injury occurred, I would call 911 immediately. ...Read more
Have read that people with chiari 1 malformations can have cerebellar fits. What is the difference betw. A cerebellar fit & a tonic clonic seizure?
Some differences: Cerebellar fits"characterized by drop attacks with/without deterioration of consciousness, opisthotonic posturing (head and back arching backward), and varying degrees of respiratory compromise. Cerebellar fits may mimic other disorders such as cardiogenic syncope and epileptic seizures. Tonic/clonic (grand mal seizure) generalized seizure with muscle contractions and loss of consciousness. ...Read more
Average: The average for a GTC is around 2.5 minutes. 3 is common. 4 is getting pretty long. 5 is a medical emergency. Recovery takes much longer, of course. ...Read more
Can damage to the vagus nerve cause a tonic-clonic seizure? My seizure was 9 months after gastric volvulus surgery. I have gastroparesis.
No: Your seizure activity originates in the brain, not a distant surgical site. ...Read more
Is it typical for your heart rate and blood pressure to drop extremely low (where BP cannot be taken) after having a tonic clonic seizure?
Varies: It is not unusual but it varies. The blood pressure can some times be elevated. And pulse can be rapid. The pt may be dehydrated as to cause the blood pressure to fall. If this persist then the pt needs to see a cardiologist. The seizure itself can have immense effect on the body vital signs. ...Read more