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Why do some people have epileptic seizures when they eat certaing foods?

Why do some people have epileptic seizures when they eat certaing foods?

Seizure trigger low: Often, foods and other lifestyle choices can aggravate an existing neurological problem like epilepsy. Common triggers may include monosodium glutamate (also known as msg), caffeine, theobromine (metabolite of caffeine in tea and chocolate), theophylline, estrogens, and nitrites in cured meats are frequent culprits. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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I have epilepsy and take keppra 2x/day to prevent seizures. For the last 3 days I have had diarrhea and any food passes through my body in about 2 hours. I am worried that the keppra isn't having enough time to be absorbed properly and that i may run the

I have epilepsy and take keppra 2x/day to prevent seizures. For the last 3 days I have had diarrhea and any food passes through my body in about 2 hours. I am worried that the keppra isn't having enough time to be absorbed properly and that i may run the

Keppra (levetiracetam) : Keppra (levetiracetam) is rapidly absorbed from the stomach. It can be taken with small about of water before meals, then wait an hour or so then try to eat your meal. The rapid emptying of the stomach following a meal will not affect the medication that was given earlier. ...Read more

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My mum has epilepsy seizures originally caused my water infection and over heating. This time she has no infection. Could SPICY FOOD trigger one?

My mum has epilepsy seizures originally caused my water infection and over heating. This time she has no infection. Could SPICY FOOD trigger one?

Not really: your mother is an epileptic. an epileptic is just someone who is more prone to seizures than the rest of the population. we treat them with medication to prevent injury. In my 20 years, I have had many people prone to seizure seriously injured because they were improperly treated. I have had people dies needlessly, and even kill others while driving. Please be carefull. ...Read more

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Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possibly: Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that. ...Read more

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Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Yes: The eeg maybe normal even with clinical seizures. Your neurologist may suggest a prolonged eeg with video monitoring. ...Read more

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Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes: Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age. ...Read more

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How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

How often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

No magic number: This type of seizure is uncommon, mostly person drop to ground because of loss of tone drop attacks could be atonic, myoclonic or other kind of seizures having said that--atonic seizures are characteristic of certain epileptic syndromes. ...Read more

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Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Not a trigger: Am unaware that changes in humidity can affect seizure frequency or intensity. However, an infection causing a fever, could make the susceptibility higher if a humid environment worked against lowering the temperature. ...Read more

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How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people are have photosensitive seizures, caused not necessarily by changing color but the flicker frequency of the changes. This was previously called tv epilepsy, but new screens do not cause this. Consult a neurologist who may suggest medication and a particular frequency of blue sun glasses that makes the likelyhood of seizures less likely. Also avoid flickering lights. ...Read more

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Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

You're special: Many things can cause seizures. One bump on the head too many can do it. Some families have an inherited tendency to develop Epilepsy. This might not be the case with your's. It is reasonable to ask your doctor why they think you have developed seizures. I'm sure they will give you a good answer. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more