What are the differences between petty mal or grand mal seizures?

Peti mal seizures. The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, possible arm or leg movements and it stops fairly shortly. A grand mal seizure is more prolonged and has a great effect on the body. Typically are serious prolonged movements of arms/leg involuntary urination.

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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...

Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible. Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. Read more...

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...

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...

Is it possible to experience multiple grand mal seizures in a 5 year period like say around 10-12?

Epilepsy. It is possible to have 2-3 seizures per year. Generalized tonic clonic seizures or secondary generalization can occur in different patients at different frequency. Medication and surgical interventions are available to reduce the risk and incidence of seizures. Read more...