Seizure symptoms and treatment
Seizures are symptoms of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Oftentimes, a person suffering from a seizure will experience uncontrollable muscle spasms and will lose consciousness.
A seizure can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Most obvious, of course, is the fear of brain damage resulting from the abnormal activity in the brain. Moreover, there are physical dangers to seizures since your body is out of control and may be experiencing spasms. Falls and collisions due to the lack of physical control can cause brain damage or extreme physical injury.
If you witness someone experiencing a seizure, you should make sure to remove any object and loosen any clothing that may cause injury. You shouldn't try to restrain the person, since this may cause more bodily injury.
Causes of Seizures
Seizures may be caused by many different things. Most people assume that someone who suffers from seizures has epilepsy, but in fact, there are many different triggers that cause seizures.
Since seizures originate within the brain, medical problems that affect brain function may also bring them on. For example, diabetes, infection, or head injury can instigate the abnormal functioning that causes seizures. Lack of oxygen, poisoning or drugs can also cause seizures. For some people, the cause of their seizure is indeterminable.
Epileptics suffer from recurring seizures because their nerve cells function abnormally. Even those who are being treated with medication for epilepsy may continue to suffer from frequent – even daily – seizures.
It's difficult to determine what causes epilepsy, although sometimes it can be linked to an infection or the brain's attempt to recover from a stroke or injury. Epilepsy is incurable, but for some people it does go away on its own, especially if it's a form of childhood epilepsy.
Simple Partial Seizure Panic Attack
A simple partial seizure can be experienced by epileptics and non-epileptics alike. It is a short seizure where the victim remains conscious and is aware of what is going on.
Simple partial seizures are often controllable with medication. The problem is that they are often misdiagnosed as panic attacks. The symptoms are similar and so doctors may assume a psychiatric rather than a physical problem. This means that the sufferer may not be treated for the seizures and continue to experience them.
If you suffer from what you think may be panic attacks, it would be worth your time to ask your doctor to check for seizure activity.
Diazepam for Seizures
Seizure sufferers have several different options available to them. Diazepam is a common medication prescribed because it is an anti-anxiety as well as seizure medication. It's often prescribed in cases of alcohol withdrawal, as well.
Diazepam may cause side effects such as drowsiness and upset stomach, and so may not be right for everyone. You need to work closely with your doctor to make sure that your medication addresses all of your physical problems without causing different ones.
Diazepam is especially effective if you suffer from both seizures and muscle spasms.
Dilantin - Seizures and Side Effects
Dilantin is a prescribed seizure medication that is often used to treat partial seizures. Its effectiveness is very specific to the patient and so you have to work closely with your doctor to make sure you're getting the right dosage.
You also have to be careful when you're taking other medications, as well, because they may affect the efficiency of the Dilantin.
Side effects of Dilantin are generally mild and may include drowsiness, involuntary movements and nausea. You also need to monitor your blood sugar because the medication can cause a rise in glucose. As with any medication, you should only take Dilantin under medical supervision and monitoring.
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