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04 May 2004

symptoms of epilepsy?
What is the symptoms of epilepsy and how does it feel when an attack is comming on? Do you get attacks in smaller grades than the other. Can someone please help me with this?
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CyberShrink
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01 Jan 0001

mmm, that's an awfully broad question. SOunds like you may be worying whether you or someone in your family, might have Epilepsy --- better to post a fresh question describing what made you think that, and let me respond to that.
There are several types of Epilepsy, from Grand Mal Epilepsy, with the full works, falling down, unconscious for a time, with the body shaking rather violently, etc.; and Petit Mal, the smaller variety when on might have "absences" where one loses a short patch of time without having been conscious of it ; and Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, with a whole range of symptoms. Quite often, one has what's called an "aura", an odd feeling that turns out to be a warning that a fit is coming on --- it may be an odd smell, like something burning; or some other unusual sensation which you recognize precedes a fit.
Some people are born with Epy, some develop it later in life. It can follow accidents which caused brain damage, for instance. In Epilepsy ( actually a horrible word to keep trying to type rapidly, as the spelling goes astray ! ) one has fits spontaneously, with no particular cause. Convulsions are fits which arise for a reason --- such as when one has been drugging the brain heavily with sedatives and suddenly stops them ( like an alcoholic having DT's), or like t's kid, when one's temperature for some other reason gets very high, or maybe when one's blood sugar gets too low, and so on.
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