Signs of Seizures

Was That a Seizure? 10 Surprising Facts About Epilepsy
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When you picture someone having a seizure, you probably think of what you've seen in the movies: someone being held down, thrashing and bucking in the throes of an epileptic fit. But what if that's not necessarily what a seizure looks like at all? And what if having a seizure doesn’t even mean you have epilepsy? Here are 10 surprising facts about epilepsy that will test your assumptions about this little-understood condition.

1. Anyone Can Have a Seizure
What many people don't realize is that anyone can have a seizure, and it doesn't mean you have epilepsy. In fact, doctors don't even begin to look at whether you have epilepsy until you've had two or more seizures. So how do you know you have epilepsy? Everyone is born with a seizure threshold, which may be high or low. For the majority of people, this threshold is high, making them less likely to suffer a seizure. However, for some people this threshold is much lower.


over 1 year ago, said...

me only person in world knows how epilepsy comes and goes from experience know its contagious


over 1 year ago, said...

I take Topamax, but not for seizures, it's for migraines.


over 1 year ago, said...

i was 15 when i had my first grand mal seizure, i had three that night...i wasn't diagnosed with epilepsy until i was 22, the birth of my second daughter triggered something. i just kept waking up confused with ems workers around me, asking questions i couldn't answer. now i'm 32 i've had my license suspended three times now, several bouts with depression, i think i have fully accepted epilepsy as a part of who i am now. i no longer hide it. i keep reading does anyone on here take topamax? i'm allergic to almost everything and what i'm not allergic to makes me gain weight... i just wish i had a friend in this.


over 1 year ago, said...

More of a question than a comment. One of my brothers has the grand mal type seizures but any noise and he follows that noise and can become violent during his seizure. So how is one to control him in that case?


over 1 year ago, said...

I'm 45. Female. Had my first every seizure this past summer. All tests come back normal. Fast forward to December 19 and I have 3 more, 2 at home and one at the ER. Again all test normal. I do some digging. I think its hormonal and the link is progesterone, being too low. Drs. don't want to listen to this even though I am findings tons of info on it. Did see my ob/gyn and she tested my levels and sure enough, just like I had thought for years, my progesterone was very low, she has me on 200 mg every night now. I also take keppra for the seizures. I just want someone to hear me on the hormone aspect.


over 1 year ago, said...

thank you this was quite informative. I have hypoglycemia,plus low blood sugar and then am told I have epilepsy.my thinking is I don't have epilepsy and have been told i am a diabetic 2. so I don't know how to distinguish the diabetes from the epilepsy. I do take med. for epilepsy not for the diabetes.


over 1 year ago, said...

why is it you can work all your life and have seizures due to brain tumor and as time goes on your seizures have changed you do things you don't know the absent seizures and you have grand mals that make you so sick the entire day that you can't do anything and when you try to get disability you have problems the disability board don't seem to understand the different types of seizures but any other person that has never worked their life can get every type of government asst. even those that are not American this is america


over 1 year ago, said...

I have seizers but they are like real bad headache. They have me on medicine for them . I have had them all my life they are due to me having Water on the brain .


over 1 year ago, said...

I have the petit mal seizures. I do have the Deja vu. In fact that is what I always called it until I was diagnosed. My concern now is I have had 2 strokes so far & docs are thinking it's possibly related to my seizures. My bp, cholesterol & all that stuff is in good shape & no plaque buildup thank goodness. My meds control the seizures for the most part but I do still have. Thanks for the article as it taught me many things.


over 1 year ago, said...

The putting things in mouth are not to keep you from swalloing the tung, it to prevent the tung from getting cut up by the teeth, I use my wallet biting into it when I feel a seizure coming on.


over 1 year ago, said...

Pretty accurate, had grand mal and petit mal most of my life. One started after an injury. So glad they tell you they don't swallow their tongue. Never put anything in someone's mouth if they are having a seizure.


over 1 year ago, said...

I was diagnosed with brain cancer/tumor/cyst in cerebellum and epilepsy in the right temporal lobe at the same time, 1997. I have grandmals and complex partial seizures and what they call nocturnal spikes when I sleep. My meds control the grandmals though not the others. The spikes keep me tired and the complex partials I've not had an aura I realize but I do have odd smells/odors then seizures then I'm upset or angry or some emotion I seem to find no need for. Of course my parents have always loved and accepted my medical, though they are now passed. I have lost my family now but my sister, and I have lost all my friends. I have been told I'm not the same as I use to be. Seems fear goes a long ways in what people will accept I guess. This article is very informative and would be great for those that don't care to even be around me to read and maybe learn. Thanks for listening.


over 1 year ago, said...

My doctor tells me I have pseudo seizures as well as grand mal seizures. I take keppra, but still really confused as to why my body will put me into grand mal and when heavily sedated they say I have pseudo seizures. Not even coherent then so how am I doing it


over 1 year ago, said...

I have seizures,they started when I was 60 yrs old . No known reason, I take medicine for them, I still have small ones.


over 1 year ago, said...

I just wanted to point out that #8 is TOTAL baloney. NOT every person with epilepsy has an "aura" before a seizure. 28 years and I've NEVER had an aura. I never know when they are about to happen. I usually know after-the-fact from the severe change in my mood, a sudden severe headache, or a witness telling me


over 1 year ago, said...

I am a 49 year old woman and I started having grand mal seizures when I was 15. I would like to know how many people like me have them only during sleep. Mine are controlled with tegretol and I thank God for that. Thank you for this article. I learned a great deal.


over 1 year ago, said...

first of all,,my adult son and daughter have siesures. he has gran mal and petit mal, my girl has petit mal.. i took them to a specialist as teens both started at 14 yrs old. there are over 300 types of seizures, an yes anyone can have them . they are hereditary, if there is a large gene poll on both sides of family. kids can be tested at 6 yrs old .my son has tried many types of medicine ,,on a bunch to control, but still has them.most seizures are a short circut on the brain,it really is.i think we need a page for learning more about it


over 1 year ago, said...

I notice when my hubby gets overwhelmed and when he is under alot of pressure when he has alot on his mind and when he is being pushed to the limit he has seizures...When he is relaxed and happy they are almost next to nothing but he does have breakthrough seizures from time to time