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Although they are not dangerous, they may affect the child's performance at school. Absences can occur several times a day.

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Auras differ from person to person, but some common auras include:

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During a complex partial seizure, you will not be able to respond to anyone else, and you will have no memory of the event.

Reading frew the types of epilepsy i can say i do twitch often, mainly in my legs/feet, wen this is bad at night wile im drifing of i tend to find this is when i wake up feeling confused, extremely dizzy + shakey + then my hearts starts to pound as i panick wandering what is happening to me as i feel asif im going to fit or pass out, it takes me a good 10mins to feel 'normal' again + not confused but i cant sleep aftrr as it scares me so much. Iv noticed i day dream alot, get ringing in my ears that stats outa no wer, the feling asif my face/forhead feels numb or tight, tingles in my face + body, slight headaches + pains in/around my head, i get the deja vu feeling alot aswel + the sence of being in a strange place wile im outside but is that just anxiety or something more? I dont know if this is something i should be more concerned about but my doctor doesnt seem intrested.please can any1 help anser my questions to what this could be + if it may or may not be a link in anyway to epilepsy? Thank you. Im 25 + for some yrs iv sufferd anxiety wich i have learned to controle but iv been waking feeling realy strange though the night + i dont think its to do with anxiety as the doctor keep saying.

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Status epilepticus is a seizure that lasts longer than 30 minutes or a series of seizures where the person does not regain consciousness in between. If a seizure lasts longer than five minutes, call 999 for an ambulance.

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There are many different types of seizure, depending on the area of the brain affected. The main symptoms of epilepsy are repeated seizures.

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Myoclonic jerks often happen in the first few hours after waking up and can occur in combination with other types of generalised seizures.

There are:. Doctors classify seizures by how much of the brain is affected.

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They often only last for a fraction of a second, and you should remain conscious during this time. These types of seizures cause your arms, legs or upper body to jerk or twitch, much like if you have received an electric shock.

It is then absorbed into your bloodstream. An alternative treatment is a medication called buccal midazolam. This comes in liquid form and is administered by trickling the liquid onto the inside of your cheek.

Tonic-clonic seizures are what most people think of as an epileptic fit.

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I discovered that position by accident. when the warning is in the right or left side of the brain, I hang that part of my head further down than the non-affected part. I seriously doubt that will help everyone, but if it helps just one. must have something to do with blood circulation. most of the time the warning just disappears, with no seizure occurring. when I feel a seizure coming I kneel down on my knees, hang my head down and stretch my arms out horizontally. "Although this warning cannot prevent the seizure" I can actually prevent most, but not all, seizures when I get this warning.

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Prolonged seizures can be treated with diazepam given as an injection or through someone's rectum. In hospital, the airways will need to be closely monitored and a high level of sedation may be required to control the seizures. However, if seizures continue because they are not quickly brought under control in this way, it is very important that the patient be transferred to hospital.

People who have epilepsy often get a distinctive feeling or warning sign that a seizure is on its way. These warning signs are known as auras, but they are actually simple partial seizures.

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In most cases, a person having a generalised seizure will be compley unconscious.

Seizures can occur when you are awake or asleep (nocturnal seizures).

I suspect it is arbitrary since in the US, I am led to believe that individual States have individual 'seizure-free' requirements that range from 6 to 12 months etc. I suspect the medical authorities are concerned with covering themselves in respect of potential accidents should the seizure-free period be reduced etc. However, is this 12 month period purely an arbitrary figure - in other words, is there any scientific/medical evidence that people are more prone to suffer a seizure after being seizure-free for 9 months compared to say 12 months, or 15 or 18 months? If I reach 9 months without a seizure, I am tempted to request a special dispensation from the medical authorities to allow me to drive a car again (and get my life back) unless it can be proven that the 12 month period requirement is not arbitrary but is based on some scientific/medical evidence. - which is understandable but surely such a period needs to be based on evidence, on proof, not human instinct? Thoughts?. I have been diagnosed with complex partial seizures with my last seizure occurring in May this year. However, I have been told by my doctor that I have to be seizure-free for a full 12 month period before being able to drive a car again.

You can lose balance and fall over, so injuries to the back of the head are common. Unlike an atonic seizure, tonic seizures cause all the muscles to suddenly become stiff.

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it wasnt a massive problem before as i was at university and couldnt afford a car but now its becoming a pain. ive had epilepsy since i was 5 and im now 22 as ive grown up with the condition i wasnt aware of half the symptoms everyone else has said they have was due to my epilepsy. i generally have only 1 fit a year which means every year i am legal to drive for about a month and then i have another fit. im not sure why the driving ban is 12 months.

The symptoms of a complex partial seizure normally involve apparently strange and random bodily behaviour, such as:

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A tonic-clonic seizure, sometimes known as grand mal, has two stages. Your body will become stiff and then your arms and legs will begin twitching. The seizure normally lasts between one and three minutes, but they can last longer. You will lose consciousness and some people will wet themselves.

Other conditions, such as diabetes, heart conditions and psychological conditions, can cause seizures. These are called non-epileptic seizures.

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If you care for someone with epilepsy, you can be trained to administer rectal diazepam or buccal midazolam in case status epilepticus occurs. You do not have to be a healthcare professional to do this, but you do need the correct training as well as permission from the person who has epilepsy.

Some seizures do not fit into these categories and are known as unclassified seizures.

Although this warning cannot prevent the seizure, it can give you time to warn people around you and make sure you are in a safe place.

The word seizure means any sudden, short event that changes a person’s awareness, behaviour, or feelings. Not all seizures are epileptic.

Symptoms of a simple partial seizure include:

Complex partial seizures are quite common and account for 2 in 10 of all seizures experienced by people with epilepsy.

There are two types of partial seizure:

As per the previous comment. They disappeared and then came back when i was 34. I took seizures myself between the ages of 3 and 12. I think this is pretty rare though.

Facial injuries are common with this type of seizure. Atonic seizures cause all your muscles to suddenly relax, so there is a chance you will fall to the ground.

There are six main types of generalised seizure:

This causes the same sort of twitching as myoclonic jerks, except the symptoms will last longer, normally up to two minutes. Loss of consciousness may occur.

They cause the child to lose awareness of their surroundings for up to 20 seconds. The child will seem to stare vacantly into space, although some children will flutter their eyes or smack their lips. The child will have no memory of the seizure. Absence seizures, sometimes called petit mal, mainly affect children.

This is the most common type of seizure, and about 60% of all seizures experienced by people with epilepsy are tonic-clonic seizures.

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People with epilepsy can experience any variety of seizure, although most people follow a consistent pattern of symptoms known as an epilepsy syndrome.

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My husband had been seizure free for 10 years and began having them again so I would take care.

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