/ Advice on siezures/epilepsy
Not all seizures are down to epilepsy. However,
The Epilepsy Society have a helpline:
There is also a forum on their website (though don't be scared by it - it's a national centre and ome very severe cases)
Hope that helps - good luck
Hi mate, had this happen to a couple of friends over the last few years or so. One had a couple of seizures and then nothing again. The docs reckoned it was something viral and he's been fine ever since. The only major hassle for him was not being able to drive for a year!
Second friend had been suffering from increasingly more frequent seizures, the long and short of it was that they were psychological and a short stay in a respite centre seems to have done the trick. He had some fairly deep rooted psychological problems and this was the way they manifested themselves.
There's a very good chance that she'll never have one again, make sure you've got a good GP on side and they'll be able to keep you informed. You've got me on that Facebook so feel free to ping me a message if you ever need any more info.
seeing a seizure is never pleasent and the horrible thing is you cant do anything other than make sure they wont hurt themselves and comfort them.
any more info feel free to drop us an email i know a fair bit about epilepsy.
Oh honey, that sounds terrifying. Really feel for you both.
Father of an ex-boyfriend had a similar thing - one seizure but then nothing more. In his case, the doc put it down to a bad reaction to some blood pressure medication he'd just been prescribed.
Hope it goes well for you both, K.
Many years back my best mate had a single (but V severe) seizure, I visited him in hospital about 5 hrs later as soon as I heard it had happened. He was clearly still affected, didnt know who I was, who he was etc etc. real scary.
However, it was a total one off. They never found out what caused it, I heard one theory that he had been making a model with his dad the day before and it could have been a reaction to the solvent in the glue...but really they had no idea. He has never had anything similar since.
At the other end of the scale a member of my family is an epilepsy sufferer, and has been for years. It started suddenly in her early 20's. She spent many years suffering badly with regular and serious seizures, she lives alone with her young daughter so it was a big problem. BUT very suddenly the seizures stopped and <crossing fingers> she has been fine for a considerable time now.
Those are my experiences anyway, like you say at this stage its very possible your wife will never suffer another. Hope everything works out OK
just seen this, hugs to A & you
I manage my wife's seizure clinic - it is very scary to see someone have a full-on tonic clonic seizure, which this sounds like, if you haven't seen one before.
As other posters and you have said, it's not rare. About 1% of the population have a seizure at some point and a one-off is generally not treated. The side effects of medications and the hassle of finding the right medication makes the treatment worse than the problem for a single event.
Not all seizures are epileptic either.
Precipitating factors can be any one or a combination of dehydration, lack of sleep, anxiety and stress. There may be chemical or physical triggers (whack on the head being one - it needn't be even vaguely close to the time of the seizure - hence the scan. And for epileptic seizures, there is sometimes a focal source which can be surgically removed (sounds scary but the outcome of surgery is often very good indeed).
Without a second seizure, don't worry about it - easier said than done! And for what it's worth, seizure treatment in the UK is pretty good. We tend to follow the NICE guidelines.
Boatloads of information here - http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk
Remember not all seizures are epilepsy, the majority are one-off (more common in kids than adults - children get dehydrated very easily) and some are a result of stress/anxiety.
Feel free to email me if you have questions
Do your research, listen to the docs and stay positive that the chances are that it wa a (scary) one off.
Hope she's ok x
One of my climbing partners had a couple of scary fitting episodes at an interval of a few months some years back. Was very stressed and tired from work at the time. Lots of tests indeterminate so medics said he can take epilepsey drugs if he wanted which he does daily.
Off driving for a year but no further episodes and climbs, skis, drives, triathlons and works etc. Totally normal life except the drug regime.
Best of luck
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