Epilepsy

Recurrent seizures caused due to sudden and uncontrolled changes in the brain's electrical activity is called epilepsy. People with epilepsy have symptoms like confusion, uncontrolled jerking of the hands and legs, loss of consciousness, tiredness, etc. The factors that increase the risk of epilepsy are head injury, stroke, brain tumor, infectious diseases, birth brain defects, and autism.

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Can seizure be provoked?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my first tonic clonic (grand mal) seizure seven days ago at work. It lasted 1 minute 30 seconds. I bit my tongue badly, but did not have any incontinence. Beforehand, I was shaking, had a loud beating heart and had a feeling of vertigo and anxiety. Afterwards, I was confused for app...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. From what you have narrated, I am of the opinion that your seizures were provoked or brought on by a combination of non-diabetic hypoglycemia, lack of sleep, dehydrat...  Read Full »

What is the meaning of a seizure?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 5 years, I fell down backwards on the ground. My head collided strongly. Now, I am having some ill feeling in head and that is not a headache. Once, while sleeping on the floor, I became unconscious for a while. My EEG result says that I have a seizure. What is it? Shall I do furth...  Read Full »


Dr. Sudheer Ambekar

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A seizure is the manifestation of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizure can be caused by many reasons such as tumor, injury and vascular disorders. In the absence of any structural lesion on MRI, it might be epilepsy due to an unknown cause. Medicat...  Read Full »

Is my daughter's treatment on track?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter, who is 4 years old, has got cold, cough and viral fever 3 weeks before. After a week of suffering, she was prescribed with Mucolite and Azithral antibiotic five day course of 5 mL one daily. When she was recovering, she started complaining of painful urination and abdomen pai...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, Paediatrician, Pediatric Allergy Asthma Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think you should be worried about anything. According to the urine report, there is no infection. Pus cells above 6 is considered as infection and yours is just 4-6 which is quite normal. Recurrent episodes of cold and fever in this season are common due...  Read Full »

I am having difficulty in sleeping after taking Levetiracetam. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Since after the holidays last year, I have had a hard time sleeping due to some external factors (light, noise, etc) as well as marital problems. Eventually, it got to the point where my hands started shaking again, I stated feeling numbness in my feet, my eyes move very fast sometim...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know some details of your symptoms: 1. Since when you started to have epilepsy? 2. When you started to take anti-epileptic medicines? 3. Seizure details: What what happens during a seizure to you? Do you get aware of seizure just before it starts? ...  Read Full »

Will Levetiracetam for epilepsy result in mood changes?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with epilepsy in late 2016, and have been taking Levetiracetam since then (500 mg twice a day). I have been concerned that it is affecting my mental health. I have been experiencing anxiety, depression, irritability, and anger which is very out of character for me. It ...  Read Full »


Dr. Upendra K Shah

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your assumption is right, Levetiracetam causes behavioral disturbance as a side effect. There are two options now, 1. To taper off the Levetiracetam - if you have not experienced any seizure or aura in the last four years then we can go straight away with gradual tape...  Read Full »

What can cause seizures?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old female. I had an epileptic seizure and then passed out whilst sitting in front of my laptop. I bumped my knee on the table not even hard enough to bruise then the seizure happened. This has never happened before. Also for a month or so I am hearing some wheezing sou...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me share some facts of seizure. A seizure is due to abnormal or synchronous activity in the brain and presents as a mild tremor to violent shaking or change in the behavior. Epilepsy is due to recurring epileptic seizures as a result of malformed or brain ma...  Read Full »

How to recognize seizure activity in a 3-year-old kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2.75-year-old son started (Thursday night) with these twitches and jerks. He is battling a cold it appears with a runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. No fever. This has been the same time as these motor items have developed. Overall he has acted fine and there is no change in con...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your questions and reviewed your videos. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). In the first video, I cannot distinguish, but the last video is very suggestive of seizures. For this reason, I would recommend performing an EEG...  Read Full »

Can anti-epileptic medications cause amnesia?

Query: Hi doctor,This is for my dad. He has epilepsy and is now 52 years old. Last Saturday, he went on his normal routine of getting ready but did not know what happened and he walked out of the house without any clothes. When we asked him if he was okay, he said yes. But after the whole episode, when w...  Read Full »


Dr. Shivam Om Mittal

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your question. History of epilepsy and intermittent episodes of confusion with loss of memory of the episode (amnesia) is concerning for seizures. For the workup of seizures, he should get routine brain wave testing (EEG - electroencephalogram) or a long...  Read Full »

Why is there headache in an epileptic patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I have to consult regarding my sister who is an epileptic patient. She has been having severe headaches since few days.  Read Full »


Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician, Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you describe her headache in details, like since how many days she is suffering from headache? It started suddenly? Which part of head is paining ? What are the triggers? What are the reliver factors? Any history of fever? How many attacks of headache in a day /week...  Read Full »

Why do I have memory loss and feeling of deja vu after seizure?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having the following symptoms for the past three years. It includes very overwhelming feeling of doom, hand is frozen and unable to move, rising feeling in stomach making me feel sick, swallowing repeatedly, memory loss of what I was thinking about and also general memory loss after ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your description of the episode is typical of partial seizure. It is likely to be complex partial seizures because of the deja vu (already experienced feeling) and memory loss. Since you are having recurrent seizures, you are suffering from epilepsy. It needs to be inv...  Read Full »

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