History UsefulNotes / Epilepsy

7th Jul '16 9:12:24 AM Tightwire
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* Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns. Do not yell at the person, but tell them they had a seizure. When the person regains consciousness, they will be in a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postictal_state postictal]] state, so although they may seem alert, they are likely unaware of what's going on.
* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home.

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* Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns. Do not yell at the person, but tell them they had a seizure. When the person regains consciousness, they will be in a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postictal_state postictal]] state, so although and despite being conscious will probably be confused. They may even try to continue with whatever they were doing before the seizure. Tell them they've had a seizure - you may seem alert, have to do so repeatedly.
* If a person injures themselves during a seizure, they probably won't even be aware of it at this point. Epileptics have been known to try and walk with broken bones; if
they are likely unaware injured, try to keep them from worsening any injuries.
** On the converse side
of what's going on.
things, now is a great time to snap any broken nails back into place.
* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home. Since they are not fully aware of their surroundings, it is wise to ask repeatedly.



* The person is not known to have epilepsy (e.g. does not have epilepsy listed on a medical ID necklace/bracelet or In Case of Emergency (ICE) information on their cell phone).

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* The person is not known to have epilepsy (e.g. does not have epilepsy listed on a medical ID necklace/bracelet necklace/bracelet/card or In Case of Emergency (ICE) information on their cell phone).
7th Jul '16 8:41:48 AM Tightwire
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In reality, epilepsy is much more variable. For starters, only a minority of those with epilepsy have seizures triggered by flashing lights or any other environmental input. Usually seizures occur at random purely due to internal workings of the brain, simple as that.

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In reality, epilepsy is much more variable. For starters, only a minority of those with epilepsy have seizures triggered by flashing lights or any other environmental input.input, and it is known as Photosensitive Epilepsy. Usually seizures occur at random purely due to internal workings of the brain, simple as that.
31st May '16 4:43:58 AM wrestlingdog909
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. ''[[ParanoiaFuel You]]'' may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.

First aid for epilepsy is not too difficult. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. Holding someone down or restraining a person who is having a seizure is dangerous and can lead to combative behaviors. It is known for them to get parts of their body trapped in furniture while becoming so tense that they cannot be moved, in which case, you will simply have to wait. Someone having a seizure cannot swallow their tongue, although they may bite it. Never, ever put any foreign object in their mouth, since they may choke, break their teeth, and in the case of your fingers, it has been known for them to bite down ''to the bone.''

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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. ''[[ParanoiaFuel You]]'' may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer. \n\n Additionally, even people who don't have epilepsy can have seizures for all sorts of reasons- the most common being head injury, high fever, brain infections like meningitis, drug abuse, electric shock, eclampsia, or abnormal levels of glucose of sodium or glucose. 90% of people with seizure disorders live in the developing world.

First aid for epilepsy is not too difficult. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. Holding someone down or restraining a person who is having a seizure is dangerous and can lead to combative behaviors. It is known for them to get parts of their body trapped in furniture while becoming so tense that they cannot be moved, in which case, you will simply have to wait. Someone having a seizure cannot swallow their tongue, although they may bite it. Never, ever put any foreign object in their mouth, since they may choke, break their teeth, and in the case of your fingers, it has been known for them to bite down ''to the bone.''
'' Some people with epilepsy have medications that can be taken in the aftermath of a seizure to prevent further incidents (like Ativan) or devices like a [[http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/devices/vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns vagus nerve simulator]].



* Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns. Do not yell at the person, but tell them they had a seizure.
* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home.

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* Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns. Do not yell at the person, but tell them they had a seizure. When the person regains consciousness, they will be in a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postictal_state postictal]] state, so although they may seem alert, they are likely unaware of what's going on.
* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home.

* Offer Check to call see if a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home.
is wearing any kind of medical alert information (bracelet) to see if there are specific instructions.
2nd Jan '15 6:12:48 PM RevolutionStone
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. [[ParanoiaFuel ''You'']] may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.

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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. [[ParanoiaFuel ''You'']] ''[[ParanoiaFuel You]]'' may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.
2nd Jan '15 6:12:16 PM RevolutionStone
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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.

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One in 26 Americans have epilepsy, so you almost certainly know someone with this disorder whether you know it or not. [[ParanoiaFuel ''You'']] may even have it ''without knowing it'' until your first seizure event. This is one of the reasons that the inaccurate portrayal of ConvulsiveSeizures and inaccurate [[WorstAid seizure first aid]] is so dangerous. More people die in the United States from epilepsy than breast cancer.
1st Nov '14 9:00:09 PM RevolutionStone
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There is also ''temporal lobe'' epilepsy, where seizures can present as dissociative episodes and/or hallucinations/seeing visions/ HearingVoices or music or sound, and which is notorious both for misdiagnosis (as a dissociative disorder such as fugue, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder due to dissociation, as schizoaffective or schizophrenic due to hallucinations/visions/voices/music/sounds), creating compulsive artistic behavior specifically around writing/painting/drawing/composing music/all of the above, and for violence (as the seizures are far less dramatic/obvious, and yet someone in one is just as unresponsive to commands - including those from authorities or law enforcement or parents or whomever - as someone having a grand mal seizure - yet their behavior is often misread as threatening or willfully disobedient, and you can see where that can go with AbusiveParents or with police, for example)

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There is also ''temporal lobe'' epilepsy, where seizures can present as dissociative episodes and/or hallucinations/seeing visions/ HearingVoices or music or sound, and which is notorious both for misdiagnosis (as a dissociative disorder such as fugue, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder due to dissociation, as schizoaffective or schizophrenic due to hallucinations/visions/voices/music/sounds), creating compulsive artistic behavior specifically around writing/painting/drawing/composing music/all of the above, and for violence (as the seizures are far less dramatic/obvious, and yet someone in one is just as unresponsive to commands - including those from authorities or law enforcement or parents or whomever - as someone having a grand mal seizure - yet their behavior is often misread as threatening or willfully disobedient, and you can see where that can go with AbusiveParents or with police, for example)
example) [[note]] A fairly good way to determine if you are possibly misdiagnosed and should see a neurologist rather than/along with a psychiatrist is the absence of the ''other'' symptoms of the non-epileptic condition. For example, if you have "trippy" auditory or visual hallucinations/perceptual disturbances but you ''don't'' have paranoid ideation or the "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, you may actually have temporal lobe epilepsy and a neurologist consultation would be a very good idea.[[/note]]
26th Jul '14 3:54:26 PM RevolutionStone
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Use of alcohol, cocaine/amphetamines/related drugs, or PCP (or alternately GoingColdTurkey from alcohol or from the benzodiazipines such as Xanax or Klonopin or Valium) can precipitate a seizure, make medications less effective in diagnosed epileptics, and/or lead to a "worse" form of seizure (e.g. a normally "petit mal" epileptic has a temporal lobe seizure or ConvulsiveSeizures.)

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Use of alcohol, cocaine/amphetamines/related drugs, or PCP (or alternately GoingColdTurkey from alcohol or from the benzodiazipines such as Xanax or Klonopin or Valium) can precipitate a seizure, seizure even in someone without epilepsy, make medications less effective in diagnosed epileptics, and/or lead to a "worse" form of seizure (e.g. a normally "petit mal" epileptic person has a temporal lobe seizure or ConvulsiveSeizures.)
26th Jul '14 3:53:18 PM RevolutionStone
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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure. Animals can have seizures. In most cases the exact cause is unknown, although most people can detect one coming on. A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication. Brain surgery is considered a last resort, and only for the few people who have epilepsy concentrated in one part of their brain.

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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure. Animals can have seizures. In most cases the exact cause is unknown, although most people can detect one coming on.

Use of alcohol, cocaine/amphetamines/related drugs, or PCP (or alternately GoingColdTurkey from alcohol or from the benzodiazipines such as Xanax or Klonopin or Valium) can precipitate a seizure, make medications less effective in diagnosed epileptics, and/or lead to a "worse" form of seizure (e.g. a normally "petit mal" epileptic has a temporal lobe seizure or ConvulsiveSeizures.)

A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication. Brain surgery is considered a last resort, and only for the few people who have epilepsy concentrated in one part of their brain.
28th Apr '14 5:00:16 AM Tightwire
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First aid for epilepsy is not too difficult. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. Someone having a seizure can not swallow his tongue, and you should never put anything in his mouth. In addition, holding someone down or restraining a person who is having a seizure is dangerous and can lead to combative behaviors.


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First aid for epilepsy is not too difficult. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. Someone having a seizure can not swallow his tongue, and you should never put anything in his mouth. In addition, holding Holding someone down or restraining a person who is having a seizure is dangerous and can lead to combative behaviors.

behaviors. It is known for them to get parts of their body trapped in furniture while becoming so tense that they cannot be moved, in which case, you will simply have to wait. Someone having a seizure cannot swallow their tongue, although they may bite it. Never, ever put any foreign object in their mouth, since they may choke, break their teeth, and in the case of your fingers, it has been known for them to bite down ''to the bone.''



* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home by himself.

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* Offer to call a taxi, friend, or relative, to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home by himself.
home.
28th Apr '14 4:47:58 AM Tightwire
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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure, and in most cases the cause is unknown. A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication, brain surgery and other methods.

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Anyone who has a brain may have a seizure, and in seizure. Animals can have seizures. In most cases the exact cause is unknown.unknown, although most people can detect one coming on. A genetic tendency or suffering brain injury may play a factor in developing seizures. Many people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medication, brain medication. Brain surgery is considered a last resort, and other methods.
only for the few people who have epilepsy concentrated in one part of their brain.
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