Seizures are comprised of four main phases: the prodromal phase (preceding the seizure by hours or days), the aura or preictal phase (minutes to seconds prior to the seizure), ictus (the actual seizure stage), and the postictal stage (minutes to hours following ictus).4 There are three major types of seizures: generalized, partial, and As I get older I am noticing it more and more difficult to try to think and also don’t even try to get me to do two things at once. Lisa x (Cairns), Comment by cairns09 — October 1, 2020 @ 2:39 PM, Well Lisa, if you want to do some extra wash, come on over here! This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Thanks to all you contributors on this site … very helpful. My husband says I go completely stiff and my back slowly begins to arch and I start emitting a strange sound that he describes as a long, deep, guttural, crescendo-like noise that gets louder as my muscles tighten until I’m practically in a “U” shape. Welcome to the world of ictals and postictals. I had an event in April 2015 that lasted three days. Some people don’t experience an aura at all, and their seizure has no early warning signs. im 29 now and have been diagnosed with epilepsy since I was 16 months old. Comment by Martha — January 18, 2016 @ 4:04 PM. Symptoms of an aura may include: 1. Prodromal phase precedes a seizure. You know the drill (probably) diagnostic testing, referred med(s), follow-up. I always felt I never had an aura, but perhaps it is one I don’t recognize. The thirst must be no fun. I have been seizure free for three years now.”, “I have experienced very, very few partial seizures. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I take the generic version of the Lamictal. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 4, 2016 @ 11:51 PM. Dr. Williams, thank you so very much for your input. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 22, 2017 @ 7:16 AM. I could cry out of joy right now because I feel so validated! I had to be put on life support for 2 or 3 days. They diagnosed my son with ICU delirium and put on Abilify 5 mg. The fourth stage, the prodromal symptom period, which is often an overlook stage, begins in … I think it was too scary for him. This won’t go away and your wife is suffering. I guess when I am on the bus U am relaxed. A seizure often has four distinct phases: Prodromal Symptoms, Auras, Ictal and Postictal Stages. So much for some friends! Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 7, 2018 @ 3:07 PM. He said the tiredness would go away, but I have been on it for two months and it has not gone away. Yes, stress can cause seizures because it can increase cortisol, known as “the stress hormone” because cortisol is secreted in higher levels during the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress. But you can experience déjà vu during the actual seizure activity or in the moments between seizures. The symptoms during a seizure usually are stereotypic (occur the same way or similar each time), episodic (come and go), and may be unpredictable. I left my doctor a message, but he has not returned call. phase with full seizure. Although it was a tragedy that you went through, you have managed to rise above it. Comment by michele metzger — January 11, 2017 @ 12:24 PM. It was discovered 20yrs ago, 20yrs after the development of refractory epilepsy when I was 21. “Beyond EEGs…Diagnostic Tools for Epilepsy”, https://epilepsytalk.com/2010/09/13/beyond-eegs%E2%80%A6diagnostic-tools-for-epilepsy-2/. Dear Phylis, I think I’m in one of those seizure modes. When was the very first occurrence? It doesn’t happen very often to most people. I don,t know there just pressure that goes through you I think part of the problem is, you’re stretched to your limits. The prodromal phase involves mood or behavior changes that may precede a seizure by hours or days. Foods that you have problems with? Below is a compilation by website forum members who have had positive personal experiences with docs over the years. The intensity of each aura varies from mild (barely noticeable) to extreme (where you can see and hear the physical and audible changes in my facial expressions and behaviors and speech). most of these I still have. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 12, 2017 @ 9:51 AM. May have muscle rigidity, or twitching, cyanosis, increased salivation , tongue and cheek biting. Concerned, yes. Ugh. She has recovered almost 90% but still consistency needs to be validated, once headache is cured, we will have better relief, It shows that epilepsy does not only concern demented patients displaying convulsive seizures (whether focal or generalized) and obvious atrophy on brain imaging. Musicogenic epilepsy is a form of reflexive epilepsy in which a seizure is triggered by music or specific frequencies. In this Article. Smack into something? Great posting on four phases of seizures. They may notice some early signs hours or even days before the seizure starts. You don’t lose consciousness. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 5, 2016 @ 12:42 PM, https://epilepsytalk.com/2016/08/23/stress-and-seizures/, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 5, 2016 @ 12:47 PM. Stage 1: Aura. If I don’t have a seizure by now, I am amazed that this hasn’t triggered one. EEE is characterized by a nonspecific prodrome followed by severe headache, high fevers, lethargy, and seizures (1,3,4). Comment by Amy T — May 30, 2017 @ 2:17 PM. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 21, 2016 @ 2:40 PM. It was not easy to join the “pill-popping society” at such a young age but almost seven years later I now see the difference in my life after starting treatment. Every person is different and you just have to find a med that will give you the best control, hopefully zero seizures. may be required, split into doses 2 or 3 times a day. I can definitely relate to it and better understand what is happening to me. This has nothing to do with this. The bond is unbreakable, even by the specter of a seizure. His EEG , CT, MRI are said to be normal… He has a chest infection, just like at the previous two occassions, but nothing else. Thanks Phylis for your input. What I don’t get is if that is the case, why do many Medical Doctors refuse to consider the possibility of natural treatments? All the stress over me can’t be good for him. The ictal stage is characterized by seizure activity, usually musculoskeletal. He is a good Dr..but I looked him up on dollars for docs and he was on the take for $350,000 Sometimes no matter how important we think financial and current life styles are….have a seizure. thanks for info, I try and keep up with your blogs. , Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 23, 2017 @ 12:15 PM. Individuals with AD will progress from their normal baseline cognitive abilities through subtle changes of the preclinical stages to obvious symptoms of brain dysfunct… I have been experiencing are prodromal stage seizures, PTSD, stress or oncoming menopause, or some combination. In mental health. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. http://primarynurse.com/seizures/Understanding_The_Stages_Of_A_Seizure.php. Carrolyn, do you ever experience the painful post-ictal migraine headaches? Seizures in childhood. Just curious, do you take medication and if so what? Is Juliet the sun? Spell. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I just looked it up. shame, speelines, slow respones or not at all, thirst, thouhgt changes, bruising, cuts. Again, thanks for that info on hippocampal sclerosis. The disorder is severe and rare with a great impact on young adults. Suddenly 10 years ago aged youthful 50 full nocturnal tonic-clonic. Judy G. Comment by Judy gates — April 27, 2017 @ 3:18 PM. Comment by Bobby Yarbrough — December 20, 2016 @ 3:58 PM. IS IT NORMAL FOR BRUSES AFTER A SEIZURE? No history wth family. aura state, ictus state and postictal state. Comment by Sissy Turner — July 26, 2018 @ 12:11 AM. Headache is manageable, but heaviness remains, Like the neurotransmitters which serve as the chemical message bearers between your nervous system and brain. Fortunately, if hippocampal sclerosis is detected early and treated surgically, most patients with this syndrome can be rendered seizure-free, thus sparing them from further progression and disability.”, I hope this helps rather than scares you…, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 23, 2016 @ 4:28 PM, I’m 50 years old had my first ever grand Mal seizure back in Sept. 2015, EEG, CT Scan and MRI showed nothing, Drs thought it could have been caused by the pain pill Tramadol. A world you’re probably familiar with. He had what seemed to be a milder seizure one week ago. having a full blow seizure) it just fades and stops after about 10-15 seconds.”, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 21, 2018 @ 11:08 AM. , Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 1, 2020 @ 3:49 PM. Frustration. Phyllis, your info always leaves me feeling smarter about my own self- “knowledge is power”! Symptoms of an aura may include: Sometimes a person may have an aura which doesn’t progress to become a more severe or prolonged seizure. Auras, here understood as those subjective symptoms occurring at the start of a seizure and lasting less than 15 min, were specifically excluded. Has it helped? Comment by Alisa — July 7, 2017 @ 5:21 AM. The middle (ictal) stage of a seizure is called the ictal phase. and much encouraging research on the horizon. I rest much better now. Have they increased his dose of Keppra since the two recent seizures (or added another if he’s at max dose of Keppra)? Comment by Bobby — February 8, 2018 @ 3:15 AM, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — February 8, 2018 @ 8:48 AM. STUDY. Comment by Jonathan Huggins — May 23, 2018 @ 8:56 AM. Comment by Nora Post — May 28, 2016 @ 7:44 AM, Thanks, Nora and Mary Lee! Ronda, you’ll probably appreciate this article: 10 Ways to Cope with Your Stress and Anxiety, https://epilepsytalk.com/2012/05/18/10-ways-to-cope-with-your-stress-and-anxiety/, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 7, 2018 @ 10:19 AM. Some people recover immediately, while others may take minutes to hours to feel like their usual self. I had never heard of it. Were you conscious? But take a look at this article: Weird Epilepsy Triggers…, https://epilepsytalk.com/2011/09/19/weird-epilepsy-triggers%e2%80%a6/. The bottle says 250 mg. The person may lose consciousness or awareness. A seizure is irregular electrical activity in the brain caused by the hyperexcitability of neurons, especially in cortical areas.Hyperexcitability, in turn, is the result of altered cellular electrochemical properties, which may be caused, for example, by electrolyte imbalances. Some procedures help like: Vagus Nerve Stimulation https://epilepsytalk.com/2011/03/13/vagus-nerve-stimulation%E2%80%A6is-it-for-you/, or Responsive Neurostimulation https://epilepsytalk.com/2017/01/12/responsive-neurostimulation-rns-shown-to-reduce-untreatable-seizures/, However, there are also 28 New Epilepsy Medicines In Development https://epilepsytalk.com/2017/07/18/28-new-epilepsy-medicines-in-development/, Great treatment breakthroughs: Treating Seizures — 7 Amazing New Breakthroughs https://epilepsytalk.com/2018/04/27/treating-seizures-7-amazing-new-breakthroughs/. During stages of relatively stable hemispheric ratios (prodromal stage and residual stage), the seizure frequency was lower. My dr. won’t be helpful. 2. Tonic-clonic seizures may or may not be preceded by an aura, and are often followed by headache, confusion, and sleep. During the prodromal stage some people can tell when a seizure is on its way. Is this common? At first, it made me crazy/hyper, then I switched my dose to 5PM and bedtime and now I’m A-OK. Side effect free for 10+ years! Comment by Laura McGaffey — January 19, 2016 @ 12:19 AM. Is there a way to treat it other than taking my seizure keppra, Comment by Jonathan Huggins — May 25, 2018 @ 5:38 PM. It’s your body trying to reboot and regain its delicate balance. Take care. Welcome to the world of ictals and postictals. It turns out that Cory was, in those early years, experiencing the first stage of a … Gerrie, Comment by BahreNegash Eritrea — November 6, 2019 @ 5:20 PM, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — November 6, 2019 @ 5:48 PM, Neither is my taste for humor but I’m expected to be gratified for the honor because the “joke” is supposed to be that my picture will be a “poster” for the next Hollywood film,,, “SCARFACE II”. omg! Comment by Polly — June 28, 2018 @ 3:33 AM. For diabetes.the. Phylis Feiner Johnson, if I was in a relationship with another person who had Epilepsy, I would probably not feel too awkward about that. Really good information! I hope you get some answers soon. What state is he in, so I can knock him off? Since then I’ve had 16 episodes, that I’m aware of. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 22, 2018 @ 1:28 PM. And each has FDA approval for treating them together. Interestingly, this time the doctors told us something like he is not epileptic “in the word’s everyday sense”, but he is prone to have seizures if he has high fever + respiratory disease. Interestingly, Lamictal has been the best for me over the years. ( Log Out / Stress in general? , Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 18, 2016 @ 3:18 PM. (It probably will sound familiar): https://epilepsytalk.com/2015/04/11/the-nightmare-of-nocturnal-seizures/, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 18, 2016 @ 3:37 PM. Phylis Feiner Johnson, even though you are blessed to never have experienced the migraine headaches, do you know anybody who has experienced them? Dry mouth. It is a subjective feeling that may occur several hours or days prior to a seizure. The doctor said that it could also be the cause of seizures, or at least there is connection between them. Reportedly, déjà vu can occur just prior to a temporal-lobe seizure as an aura. But I bet they’re pretty awful! Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 19, 2018 @ 9:39 PM, Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 20, 2018 @ 4:04 PM. If you write in words or terms, it will attempt to connect you with a proper topic for your question. Kathleen, medical marijuana is technically legal in PA. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I have 3 children and am so much happier that i wasn’t responsible for hurting anyone else than myself. They may notice some early signs hours or even days before the seizure starts. We are not “pill-poppers” we are epileptics, BIG difference Rex. Being ignarned by my doctors. It was nice to see someone include cats, mine 100% knows when I am going to have a seizure. My wife was going with this suffering for last one year till we finally settled with epilepsy diagnosis, The symptoms can involve physical … Maybe cold is better. At least there is someone I can trust and for that I am greatful. But Mary Jane, please ask your doctor first. Martha, that sounds horrid. Alice, try the link again, I was having technical difficulties yesterday. The postictal stage occurs after the ictus or active stage of the seizure. I was born with cerebral palsy and then after being a victim in multiple car accidents I became incomplete paralysis and epaleptic stage 2 some where in between. Log in Sign up. Over the years she’s been in Status Epilepticus on 6 occasions. It was a very bad time. Anxiety 3. Patient has repeated seizures in rapid succession and can result in : Brain damage, Cardiac problems , Injury. It’s also this circuit, the scientists are convinced, that explains déjà vu. And such violent seizures! Sometimes this abnormal electrical activity tapers off. Background Canine idiopathic epilepsy (IE) is characterised by recurrent seizure activity, which can appear unpredictable and uncontrollable. 4. January 18, 2016 234 Comments. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 31, 2016 @ 9:06 PM. Updated — 40+ different types of seizures, https://epilepsytalk.com/2013/11/02/updated-40-different-types-of-epilepsy/, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 19, 2016 @ 9:12 AM. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 3, 2016 @ 10:31 PM. Judy, I think the migraines are related to your seizures. I NEED TO UNDERSTAND MORE OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ME? Overturned the car in 2013 when I lost where I was and partner thought I was going for a drive instead of getting home (No one hurt but knocked down a wall). Any tips about coping would be greatly appreciated. sudden onset, uncontrolled electrical discharge from brain. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 28, 2018 @ 1:41 PM. Strobe lights? Anxiety. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 4, 2016 @ 10:12 AM. Gail, before you jump into surgery, I would suggest discussing a Vagus Nerve Stimulator with your doc. MY FACE IS BRUISED UP, THE REST OF MY BODY IS OKAY. No seizures in November then 9 in December and they all came like I said before. I think once you learn to accept your condition, you may feel better about yourself. Migraine throughout childhood and teens then OK. He thought he was losing me. We may conclude by the term, that the disorder may be categorized as being in its prenatal stages. The ictal stageis characterized by seizure activity, usually musculoskeletal. is extremely prolonged… He had the seizure on Thursday at noon and since then he was absolutely disorientated until this morning (it is Saturday today). Take a look at the meds that work best for migraines in the article link I sent you. Beginning: Some people are aware of the beginning of a seizure, possibly as much as hours or days before it happens. My husband says when I’m actively seizing she licks my nose like she is trying to clean my sinuse cavity lol. He said even though pot has been shown to help control seizures, nothing will stop them. As for the “dollars for doc” website, thanks for the heads-up. Today, I’m CONSTANTLY thirsty. Aura is the first stage/phase of seizure, which involves alterations in taste, smell, visual perception, emotional and hearing state. Prodromal stage : Something that precedes a seizure. With all the complications, it should take another year. I think the infection is probably unrelated because 39C is not that high. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I know I am not the only person on the planet with Epilepsy. These auras are driving me crazy, when I get them sometimes you don’t know if it going to develop into one or not. During the prodromal stage some people can tell when a seizure is on its way. The postictal stageis a period of confusion/somnolence/irritability that occurs after the seizure. He might add on something. Perhaps you should consult with another neuro. Now, if only we could get the general public (and even most medical professionals) to realize that “falling down, shaking like a leaf, and eyes rolling upward” is only one of MANY, MANY types of seizures. You’ll probably find that you have more seizures during or after periods of anxiety or stress. I think it’s a personal decision of who you choose as a partner and what you divulge. Fortunatrly I’ve not d any seizure activity.But I’ve been stressed with deadlines and not sleeping well. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — February 11, 2018 @ 4:51 PM. Here are some actual quotes: “KEPPRA HAS SAVED MY LIFE, LITERALLY! Thank you again for your replies, your page is an amazing source of info! Sometimes it takes some work to find the right medication or combination of medication and the right dose(s). The situation is complicated because most patients with epilepsy cannot tolerate antipsychotic medications (which can trigger seizures). Some people may just hide their stress better than other people. I realize this post is old. What is the most common type? Difficulty staying focused 6. Comment by megambon2164 — January 2, 2019 @ 11:22 AM, And of course, you know how stress triggers seizures. An EEG is NOT enough, if that is the case. all due to my seizure disorder being ignored and misdiagnosed! Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 22, 2017 @ 5:33 PM, Comment by Mary Jane Levell — April 23, 2017 @ 11:55 AM. I visited him in the a&e, but he did not recognise me, sometimes he opened his eyes (when he sensed something loud or when someone talked to him), but his eyes were completely blank, he could not answer any questions, he was very agitated and he was absolutely somewhere else. Has anyone had a similar experience? If you have recurrent seizures due to epilepsy, you may begin to notice a pattern of aura symptoms. If you or your child has epilepsy, it’s important to know that not everyone experiences an aura phase prior to having a seizure. I have no understanding why it happens. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — December 18, 2016 @ 10:03 AM. This stage where schizophrenia has not developed fully is known as the prodromal stage. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 22, 2016 @ 1:04 PM, This is a reply to this vagal nurve stimulater I am dr Staci Paige Williams and that I feel I have to tell you doe’s not work on everyone so you are taking a chance it won’t work sincerely, DR. Staci Paige Williams Nero surgery, Comment by Staci Paige Williams — July 31, 2016 @ 7:53 PM. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 22, 2016 @ 10:07 AM. signs or activity that precede seizure. I’m 68 and they’ve only startef this year. Thanks Stephanie, glad you found it helpful! Thanks again Phyllis for the info. Also often find I’ve put all my clothing in the washing machine. Feeling lightheaded 4. “Status epilepticus (SE) is a common, life-threatening neurologic disorder that is essentially an acute, prolonged epileptic crisis. I did have a seizure before my last accident to cause my paralysis, and I learned how to walk again and only use my wheel chair if needed. No medication as yet (reluctant to join pill-popping society) but looks like I’m gonna have to give in. Comment by Amy T — May 30, 2017 @ 2:39 PM. Probably more in 2015m. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 5, 2016 @ 9:03 AM. Negative emotions related to stress, such as anger, worry or fright, may also cause seizures. Throwing up, etc. gliburide is making me have super low.i belive the seizets are being caused by insomnia hi sttess and not diabetes.my sugars have bern fine..the real problems are. Do you know what your triggers are, Mary Jane? (Lost my driver’s license for 8 months.). Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — May 23, 2017 @ 11:32 AM. Comment by Tom — January 19, 2016 @ 12:25 AM. Comment by Michele Metzger — January 9, 2018 @ 1:57 PM. Ever since I’ve been on Keppra, I’ve had a 96% seizure reduction rate.” , Comment by Tenger — December 17, 2016 @ 6:28 PM. 2. We all have stress to some degree, but I’m glad you are being pro-active and doing what it takes to help yourself. Each one has caused a stay in ICU and induced comas. Makes seizures understandable! Prodromes were operationally defined as signs or symptoms, perceived by the patient and/or observer as premonitory, appearing up to 24 h preceding seizure onset. Comment by Julieatgmail — March 6, 2016 @ 5:55 PM. Still others are sensitive to a range of noises. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 5, 2016 @ 4:25 PM, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 5, 2016 @ 4:30 PM. Once you grasp that concept you will feel a tremendous relief. The components are: Prodromal phase; Aura; Seizures; Post-ictal phase; Prodromal … Terms in this set (27) seizure. Karen, do you ever suffer the post-ictal migraine headaches? My epileptologist says it doesn’t help, but I have read that it does. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 15, 2018 @ 2:54 PM. Comment by Eric — June 22, 2016 @ 11:28 AM. In an aura, alterations in activity, emotions, hearing, smell, taste, visual perception are involved. , Today they performed an MRI with contrast, we will have the results tomorrow…, Comment by Tenger — December 19, 2016 @ 4:34 PM. Do you have insomnia problems? I hope this is resolved soon Tenger, for both of your sakes. A semi … Can this be status epilepticus? I never thought of it. When is it going to become legal in pa. Good luck. I’m going to check out that website. From what I understand, just about any dog can be trained as a seizure response dog, i.e, get help, protect the patient, etc. Are they migraines? It is during this time that intense electrical activity is occurring in the brain. (Wife/Mom), Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — May 23, 2018 @ 9:20 AM, Yes it does, thanks so much for your help, Comment by Jonathan Huggins — May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 PM, Can this become permanent and what is the likelihood of it becoming permanent. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 18, 2016 @ 2:41 PM. My doctor has told me that my seizures can be caused by stress. http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/neurosciences/epilepsy/seizure/stages.html That’s what they see in movies and on TV so that’s all they know. Second stage/phase of seizure is the ictus stage, which has two major forms of seizures named generalized and partial seizures. A way to distinguish between the two is if you have no movement at all, then it’s considered an aura. The only way to find out is to look each one up you have an interest in. Prodromes are characterized by a broad spectrum of preictal symptoms that may be experienced for a duration of between 10min and several days, which usually persist until seizure onset. I’ve never been on Keppra, but Lamictal has worked like a dream for me. There are also several other anti-epileptic drugs that have also been shown to lessen migraine headaches – such as Neurontin (Gabapentin), Keppra ( Levetiracetam) and Zonegran (Zonisamide). https://epilepsytalk.com/2010/09/12/epilepsy-migraines-kissing-cousins/, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 3, 2016 @ 6:50 PM. If you need some names, here’s a list of 2019 Patient Recommendations for TOP Neurologists…Epileptologists…Neurosurgeons…and Pediatric Doctors. https://epilepsytalk.com/2011/03/13/vagus-nerve-stimulation%E2%80%A6is-it-for-you/. He has jumped on me, licked my face and barked….when I’m having a bad night or a night seizure he actually jumps on my husband too…so I definitely believe this. Ronda Purdy, do you ever get the post-ictal migraine headaches? Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — February 12, 2017 @ 12:41 PM, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 2, 2017 @ 10:51 PM. Lamictal has worked much better for me. But if you look at the various Epilepsy pages on Facebook, they talk about it all the time. I am so glad I have been scrolling through things and just found this! You’re certainly not alone. Yes, my purse jingles from the sounds of my pill bottles and yes, people look at me and judge me but I just go about my business reminding myself that I was strong for making the decision. Plus my apartment was broken into. Déjà vu (a sense that something has happened before when in fact it hasn’t), Jamais vu (a feeling that you’re seeing something you know well for the first time), Numbness or ‘pins and needles’ in parts of the body, Difficulty speaking or saying strange words, Repeated movements (such as lip smacking or chewing). OK. I’d be interested to know how he has been treated during the emergency (paramedics or A&E). Just my thoughts. No? Phylis Feiner Johnson, one thing I found to be interesting is a post where you mentioned a connection between anticonvulsant medications and osteoporosis. There are also several other anti-epileptic drugs that have also been shown to lessen migraine headaches – such as Neurontin (Gabapentin), Keppra ( Levetiracetam) and Zonegran (Zonisamide). Nurs 342- Seizures. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 18, 2016 @ 4:23 PM. As for your doc, I would seek a second opinion or dump him altogether. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 26, 2017 @ 5:07 PM. I have been hospitalized wrongly, jailed, arrested, etc! Auras occur seconds to minutes before the main part of a seizure -- they are actually the initial stage of certain types of seizures. Every so often, the circuit misfires, and a new experience that’s merely similar to an older one, seems identical. All the stages of seizures are mixed up; one never has convulsions during an aura, that is the seizure itself. is a big advocate and knows everything there is to know. so of them are strong. Mary Jane Levell, do you take the brand name version of Keppra or the generic? The aura is a premonition of impending seizure activity and may be visual, auditory, or gustatory. This list is based on recommendations and, of course, is purely subjective. If he keeps a seizure diary, noting sleep patterns, eating patterns, daily events (including emotional ones), and — if possible — timing and duration of a seizure, that might at least give you a clue on what’s setting him off. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Jeffrey, do you think they may be migraines? We are here as a family to help one and other understand epilepsy and our lives with epilepsy. Mary Jane, I wish I could help you, but I know nothing about CBD oil. I know these posts are older but my dog, a little mix breed definitely knows when I’m having a seizure or about to have one . This article gives some real insight into how she feels during and after a seizure. Comment by A Martinez — November 26, 2018 @ 1:24 PM. Epilepsy and Melatonin – Yes? Comment by firstname.lastname@example.org — January 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM, 10 Ways to Cope with Your Fear and Anxiety, https://epilepsytalk.com/2012/05/18/10-ways-to-cope-with-your-fear-and-anxiety/, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 19, 2016 @ 9:27 AM. That’s because some of the visible symptoms may be after-effects of a seizure or not related to seizure activity at all. If so, this article may help: Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 18, 2016 @ 3:31 PM, Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 20, 2016 @ 3:18 PM. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 19, 2018 @ 5:39 PM. It CAN be dangerous if you have a head injury, the wrong meds or SUDEP. They may have treated him with IV medication that can take a while to leave the body. Hopefully you’ll have good news to share soon. Jerking, kicking, flailing, shaking, tongue biting, teeth grinding, chaos, lasting anywhere from 15 seconds to a minute (only once has one lasted longer than a minute; one lasted 3 minutes; landing me in the hospital). Hi, could someone tell me how to explore what is happening to my husband, who has had 3 seizures so far (the latest one on Thursday) and his postical period (?) Change ). A prodromal stage is marked by the influx or the introduction of schizophrenia. Biting of tongue (from teeth clenching when muscles tighten), Blinking of eyes, eyes may move to one side or look upward, or staring, Convulsion (person loses consciousness, body becomes rigid or tense, then fast jerking movements occur), Change in skin color (looks pale or flushed), Difficulty talking (may stop talking, make nonsense or garbled sounds, keep talking or speech may not make sense), Lack of movement or muscle tone (unable to move, loss of tone in neck and head may drop forward, loss of muscle tone in body and person may slump or fall forward), Losing control of urine or stool unexpectedly, Movements of hands, like wringing, playing with buttons or objects in hands, waving, Non-purposeful movements, called automatisms, involve the face, arms or legs, such as lip smacking or chewing movements, Pupils may dilate or appear larger than normal, Repeated purposeful movements (person may continue activity that was going on before the seizure), Rigid or tense muscles (part of the body or whole body may feel very tight or tense and if standing, may fall “like a tree trunk”), Tremors, twitching or jerking movements (may occur on one or both sides of face, arms, legs or whole body; may start in one area then spread to other areas or stay in one place). Test. Home alone, taking to my bed, Jim comes back in a jiffy, but I don’t know what to tell him. Comment by Mary Jane Levell — January 18, 2016 @ 2:42 PM. rest and recover back to sanity! Tonic Phase – This is when a person will suddenly experience loss of consciousness, skeletal muscles contract, and will cause the person to fall.This stage will usually last for 10 seconds to 20 seconds. I hate taking medication, but I am afraid not to now. Gerrie, Comment by BahreNegash Eritrea — November 7, 2019 @ 4:57 AM, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — November 7, 2019 @ 10:07 AM, Comment by karebear1967 — August 17, 2018 @ 8:52 AM. Comment by Elizabeth Vargas — July 24, 2018 @ 8:57 AM. At an appt. The urge or feeling that I should be moving, in motion, going somewhere or doing something different than what I’m actually doing at at the time or being somewhere different. Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 7, 2017 @ 9:45 AM. Thanks a lot for your help and I wish you a very happy Christmas and a great new year! 19. I’d ask for a carotid doppler as well, if it hasn’t been done yet, to check blood flow to the brain even if a CT with contrast has already been done. Wait, I’m trying to unwrap a hard candy and I can’t! Very unpleasant and makes me want to cough.Very distinctive. The type of seizure and the part of the brain involved will determine how long it takes for a person to return to their usual self. http://www.healthcommunities.com/epilepsy-seizures/seizure-phases.shtml When I do have seizures they tend to cluster and Ativan is almost always required to get them to stop. Sometimes, the visible symptoms last longer than the seizure activity on an EEG. Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — October 4, 2016 @ 6:45 PM, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 4, 2016 @ 6:57 PM. This change can cause dramatic, noticeable symptoms or even no symptoms. Have you ever heard of this web cite? Prodrome stage During the prodromalstage some people can tell when a seizure is on its way. Just typing this is a tedious chore, but wait! A tonic-clonic seizure is the most common type of generalized seizure. Comment by SinCityMermaid (@SinCityMermaid) — October 1, 2018 @ 1:01 PM. The EEG can help the doctor to identify the origin of the seizure, among other things. Comfort your dog if they want attention, let them be alone if they prefer, and limit stimulation from family or other pets. I take Keppra twice a day and a Klonopin at night to prevent this. Others are sensitive to a particular musical style or rhythm. Here’s more info on postictal psychosis: https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/challenges-epilepsy/moods-and-behavior/mood-and-behavior-101/psychosis, Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 13, 2019 @ 3:42 PM. Ovarian teratoma-associated anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis is a rare disease with uncertain etiology and pathogenesis. Epilepsy, if left untreated, can no doubt be fatal, however, I also believe that natural remedies are better whenever it is possible to use them. Had not heard of Postictal Psychosis. Thought I could predict with weird early onset feelings (confusion unable to read etc). I asked my VA neurologist if there was a chance that the seizures would ease up & if I would get better. in 1997 I was told by another VA neurologist that using marijuana would help control seizures. When it’s over, and I regain consciousness, I do not remember the seizure itself and often deny having one at all. http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/epilepsy-101/what-happens-during-seizure, http://www.healthcommunities.com/epilepsy-seizures/seizure-phases.shtml, http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/neurosciences/epilepsy/seizure/stages.html, http://www.news-medical.net/health/Epilepsy-Seizure-Types.aspx, http://primarynurse.com/seizures/Understanding_The_Stages_Of_A_Seizure.php, https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/challenges-epilepsy/moods-and-behavior/mood-and-behavior-101/psychosis, https://epilepsytalk.com/2017/01/12/responsive-neurostimulation-rns-shown-to-reduce-untreatable-seizures/, https://epilepsytalk.com/2017/07/18/28-new-epilepsy-medicines-in-development/, https://epilepsytalk.com/2018/04/27/treating-seizures-7-amazing-new-breakthroughs/, Medical Marijuana — What the Experts are Saying, Seizures won’t wait — even during COVID-19, Advance Health Care Directives and Living Wills, The Four Stages of Seizures – Prodromal, Auras, Ictal and Postictal, Medical Marijuana — What the Experts are Saying. Bite your tongue? a good doctor but as I told you on the take for $200,000 plus. I have had previous issues with anxiety/panic attacks (not seizure related), and I have had no mood side-effects from Keppra.”, “Using Keppra has even helped me to get out of the deep sense of gloominess and uneasiness that I had felt when I was on Depakote all those years.”, “Keppra has been a Godsend drug for me. And the treatment was worse than the condition. A world you’re probably familiar with. They generally begin gradually and often include emotional symptoms, such as irritability or mood changes. • Ictal Stage: After the seizure, your dog may be lethargic or slow as they recover. We may conclude by the term, that the disorder may be categorized as being in its prenatal stages. I also take Klonopin at bedtime. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Longitudinal MRI studies will, no doubt, soon provide an answer to the question of whether sclerosis represents part of a pathological progression of the hippocampal epileptic focus in humans.”. . Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 28, 2018 @ 7:49 AM. And it seems like yours build up steam, as they progress. The symptoms/auras sometimes occur over a period of days and last no longer than a few seconds (most of the time). Seizure Phases A seizure often has four distinct phases: Prodromal Symptoms, Auras, Ictal and Postictal S… Here’s an article that may be of more interest: https://epilepsytalk.com/2010/02/07/childhood-abuse-and-epilepsy/.
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