What you should know about seizures?

A seizure happens when there’s an electrical glitch in our brain system. Here’s what you should know about these sudden jumps in brain activity.

Epilepsy is not required to have a seizure

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes occasional seizures, but you don’t need to be epileptic to experience signal jamming in your brain once in a lifetime. Anyone can have a seizure under particular circumstances. People who suffer from sleep deprivation, use drugs (misuse medical drugs) or just experienced a brain injury are at risk. Low blood sugar, an anxiety attack, can also become a factor.

Elder people are the most common patients with epilepsy

It also very difficult to diagnose, because symptoms like loss of awareness, confusion, visual and audial hallucinations are similar to dementia, which is common for seniors over the age of 65.

Seizures can take different form

When we think about seizure most time we imagine someone shaking with whole body on the floor and passing out. This is the most severe form of seizure and it’s called a grand mal seizure, but you can also have partial seizures that are limited to one part of the brain and they’re less obvious. The symptoms of these can be purely cognitive and/or slightly physical, like weird smells, ringing in ears or other form of noise when there’s no sound, tingling or numbness in a particular part of the body. Sometimes you might not even realize that you’ve had a seizure.

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You might be able to stop a seizure from happening

There are real working measures that stop seizures before they begin. People with epilepsy take special “rescue” medication, which are instantly absorbed by the body to counteract seizure if they feel it’s coming on. There are also stimulators for vagus nerve that are implanted in the body and emit electrical impulses to the brain at the onset of a seizure, much like a pacemaker regulates an irregular heart rhythm. If you’ve only had one seizure in your life, you don’t necessarily need to worry about it happening again.

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