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Sunday, May 25, 2008

I have Irregular Seizures

All in all, I have had 3 episodes and the gap of occurence is not regular, these three episodes are separated in years and just recently I almost had one, i think. There is no definite cause for my condition but the doc. said it could be due to over-stess or fatigue and I have been very much busy due to the limited time summer classes offer. Hopefully I get to take care of myself more and hopefully by the grace of GOD I may recover fully and it would never occur again.


Alternate Names: Convulsions

Definition

A seizure or convulsion can be a sudden, violent, uncontrollable contraction of a group of muscles. A seizure can also be more subtle, consisting of only a brief "loss of contact" or a few moments of what appears to be daydreaming.


Overview & Considerations


Any mild or major seizure is caused by sudden abnormal function of the brain.
Some types of seizures are:

Epilepsy (a disorder with chronic seizure) begins anywhere between the ages of 3 and 14 years, and continues indefinitely. It may be a familial condition. The most common cause of seizures in children are febrile seizures. Often, uncomplicated febrile seizures are benign.

When witnessing a seizure, try to remember what happened such as:

  • Did limbs twitch? If so, which ones and on which side.
  • Did the head twist, neck go rigid, eyes turn or roll?
  • Was there drooling or foaming at the mouth?
  • Was there a chewing motion or smacking of the lips?
  • Was there any change in consciousness?
  • Did the victim bite the inside of the cheek, tongue or lips?
  • Was there loss of bladder or bowel control?

If there was no twitching at all, just a sudden blanking out, as in a faint, then it may have been a faint if the victim recovered promptly after lying down. In an epileptic seizure, it usually takes minutes or hours to recover.

Recognition

Typically seizures usually last no more than three minutes. Some common occurrences during a seizure include stopped or irregular breathing, body rigidness or convulsing, defecation, urination, and drooling.

Treatment


Seeing a seizure may be a frightening experience which may cause you hesitation to act to aid the victim. However, it is very easy to care for the victim. Never attempt to hold them in any way to stop their seizure - the victim is unaware that it is occurring and is unable to control it. Attempting to restrain an individual having a seizure may result in injuries to both you and the victim. Also, do not attempt to stick anything into the victim's mouth - the victim will not swallow their tongue and sticking something in their mouth can cause further injury or death. The tongue may obstruct the airway during the seizure, but this is normal.


Care for Seizures:

  1. Call EMS or have someone call for you
  2. Move anything the victim can injure themselves with away from the victim such as chairs or other objects
  3. Gently support the victim's head to prevent it from hitting the ground
  4. Request that all bystanders move away (persons having a seizure are often embarrassed after their seizure)
  5. After the seizure has ended, roll the victim into the recovery position but only if you do not suspect a spinal injury

After the seizure, the victim will slowly "awaken." Ensure that bystanders are away and offer reassurance for the victim. Victims who have a seizure in public are often self-conscious about their condition. The victim will be very tired after his seizure. Continue to reassure the victim until he or she is fully aware of the surroundings or until EMS arrives.

Sources:

http://health.allrefer.com/health/seizures-info.html

Wikipedia

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