Sudden and uncontrolled changes in the brain's electrical activity are called a seizure. Some of the symptoms include confusion, staring spell, jerking movements of the arms and legs, loss of awareness, fear, and anxiety. Seizures can be caused due to high fever, lack of sleep, low sodium in the body, head injury, stroke, brain tumor, alcohol and substance abuse, and some medications (antidepressants).

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Are medicines needed after epilepsy is 80% cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to start by thanking you for the advice you may provide. This is regarding my sister, who is 16 years old. When she was younger, we noticed she would have these moments where she would just blank out. There were no body movements or other concerns, she would just zone out for...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all I like to inform you that 100% seizure control is the norm and no neurologist will sit back calmly when there is just 80% improvement as said by you. This is because every instance of seizure damages some pa...  Read Full »

Why did I have a seizure after drinking an energy drink?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a grand mal seizure two months before after drinking an energy drink. Since then, my sleep has become progressively worse. I am a nurse and worked the last three long days. However, I slept for one hour last night, and I was wide awake. I took the maximum dose of Melissa for the dre...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. For the seizure activity, the cause has to be evaluated. If that was an acute symptomatic seizure following an energy drink, then you might have reacted to some of its content. It is important to assess other causes...  Read Full »

Can sinus infection cause seizures?

Query: Hello doctor, I am writing to get a second opinion for my relative. He is a 19 year old male. He had a seizure last year and the second seizure was on last week. His EEG was normal and also had an MRI. The doctors said that he has chronic sinusitis with thickened mucosa and they started giving him...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We usually recommend antiepileptic if someone has two seizures within 24 hours. In approximately 70% cases, we may not be able to identify any specific cause for seizures, for example - infection, stroke, focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) and tumor, as in your case. Sinus...  Read Full »

Will seizures slow my daughter's growth and development?

Query: Hello doctor, My 12 year daughter has been suffering from seizures since birth. The cause of the seizure was not known, that is, idiopathic. She is now taking Valparin 500 Chrono and Levipil 750 both two times daily. Last seizure occurred four years ago. Developments are slow although attained puber...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would explain that as your daughter has been suffering from seizures since birth, it is very likely that her brain has been damaged during birth (from hypoxia) or she has any specific genetic syndrome, associated to seizures. Both these...  Read Full »

Seizures in a young female. Is it catamenial epilepsy?

Query: Hello doctor, My 26-year-old wife got her first seizure one year ago and she gets the seizure once every month or two although all her checkups are fine with no sign of epilepsy. The doctor put her on Keppra 500 mg and she still gets her seizures and complains a lot of side effects. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your concern, I would explain that the catamenial epilepsy is a very specific type of epilepsy where a seizure occur every month at the same time closely related to the menstrual cycle. This type of epilepsy is usually refractory to many epileptic drugs. ...  Read Full »

I am unable to recall some of the things I did in the last two months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have not been able to remember some of the stuff I have done these past two months. It has actually been a problem for around five years, but it was not this bad. I have had entire days missing from my memory, and people around me have said that I have done or said bad things to them,...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashanth. B

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The problem you have mentioned looks interesting. We need to see those episodes and have a complete evaluation. It may be dissociative episodes. If so, counseling and medicine would help. We need to rule out seizures too. So, I suggest you consult a psychiatrist...  Read Full »

How do we treat the effects of brain injury and grand mal seizures? Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has a history of TBI and grand mal seizures. A few months ago, she complained of feeling dizzy and "cabin pressure" in her head that bloomed into a full-on migraine. She does have a history of migraines, but these are so different. She gets confused, shutters, and seems physically...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. Although every test was normal, CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) pressure of 28 is never considered normal, and most of her current symptoms can be explained based on increased intracranial pressure (ICT). The other point that strongly suggests improved ...  Read Full »

The doctor changed my wife's seizure medications. Is it safe?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife aged 43 years had fits (seizures) five years back. At that time, the blood reports, MRI, and EEG were normal and the doctor advised Epilex Chrono 300 mg twice a day. She used it for three years and then there was no episode of seizures during the last three years. So, on doctor...  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She had a recurrence of seizures after stopping the medications. Usually, it is continued for five years after the second episode. If the previous MRI was normal and if it was a 3T MRI, then there is no need for any further investigations. If it was a 1.5T (Tesl...  Read Full »

What could cause the eyes to go around as if spun on a chair?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is four years old. He was diagnosed with vertigo. It started when he was playing on his gadget. When he plays an action game, we have found that he becomes extremely scared and points to his head. When it first started, I saw his eyes going around and around as if someone spun ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your son's symptoms could be related to epilepsy seizures. If this diagnosis is confirmed, this situation may last for some years, depending on the possible causes. For this reason, I recommend performing an EEG (electroencephalogram). Starting an antiepileptic d...  Read Full »

My husband fell out of the bed and his entire body was shaking. Was it a seizure?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband fell out of bed after sleeping for 4 hours and was unconscious. He recalls waking up and looking at the clock and seeing that it was 4 am and was confused about why he was awake, and he said the next thing he knew, he was on the floor. When I found him beside the bed, he was...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know details about the incident: 1) At what time did you find him on the floor? 2) Was he conscious and responding to your commands during full body shaking? 3) Was he continuously shaking for those 2 hours? Or was he shaking intermittently during ...  Read Full »

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