STORMS IN THE BRAIN PART 3: THE EERIE EPILEPSY
CHRISTIAN MIKE SIMMONS
Welcome back to another installment on the STORMS IN THE BRAIN series. Today we will talk about THE EERIE EPILEPSY.
Today, we will be discussing EPILEPSY as determined by its major component. The seizure.
But first, let us discuss what EPILEPSY is.
EPILEPSY is a central nervous condition that brings with it abnormal brain activity that includes the following:
- Loss of awareness or consciousness
- Temporary confusion
- Unusual sensations and behaviors
- Feelings of anxiety, déjà vu, and fear
No one is immune to EPILEPSY. It can happen to anyone at any time.
The seizures that normally accompany epilepsy have a wide range of symptoms. One could simply stare blankly while in a seizure, while others twitch violently.
It is important to note here that just because you experience a seizure that happens once and not again, does not mean that you have EPILEPSY. The generally accepted requirement for the diagnosis of EPILEPSY is having more than one unprovoked seizure.
The seizures that govern EPILEPSY are classified into two different categories. Focal and Generalized Seizures
- Focal Seizures: This type of classification of epileptic seizures is caused when the abnormal activity in the brain only happens in one area of your brain.
Focal Seizures can be further broken down into two categories.
- With awareness difficulties: If a person has EPILEPSY with an impaired sense of awareness, he or she may stare blankly and not respond to stimuli the way he or she would normally. In addition, he or she may do things repetitively like walking in circles.
- Without awareness difficulties: The person that has an epileptic seizure and can maintain his awareness, may have changes in mood or the way he or she hears, tastes, smells or sees things. In addition to these sensory difficulties, the person may also experience unexplained and sudden tingling, dizziness, or even see flashing lights.
Another important note: symptoms of Focal Seizures that are listed above also mimic other neurological disorders. A seasoned and trained medical professional will be able to determine whether or not the person experiencing these symptoms has EPILEPSY.
- Generalized Seizures: For this classification, the epileptic seizure involves all areas of the brain.
Generalized Seizures have six different categories that it can be broken down into.
- Tonic Seizures: This seizure is responsible for the stiffening up of your muscles that are in your back, arms, and legs. If you are standing when this happens, you may fall.
- Atonic Seizures: With this type, you experience a total loss of muscle control. You will also fall with this type of seizure if it catches you standing.
- Absence Seizures: Mainly considered to be in children, this type of Generalized Seizure causes the child to stare blankly, smack their lips, blink their eyes, and other subtle body movements while in the seizure. It is even been discovered that with this type of seizure, a brief loss of awareness may occur.
- Clonic Seizures: The jerking of muscles, commonly in the face, neck, and arms are what gives Clonic Seizures their distinction.
- Myoclonic Seizures: This seizure causes short spans of twitches or jerks in the muscles found in the arms and legs.
- Tonic-Clonic Seizures: Watch out for this one. This type of seizure is the most severe. Commonly called the grand mal seizure, the Tonic-Clonic Seizure can cause a person to experience a stiffened, shaking body, loss of bladder control, biting of the tongue, and even an abrupt loss of consciousness.
As with any medical ailment, you should consider seeking medical help immediately should you experience any of the above issues. However, if you experience any of the below symptoms, you should also seek immediate medical help
- A seizure that leaves you with an injury or lasting for more than five minutes
- If you have a seizure, and another one follows almost immediately
- First-time seizures
While EPILEPSY to date has to identifiable cause, we know that about half if the sufferers can have the factors traced back to six different types.
- Brain Conditions: Things like tumors and strokes can cause EPILEPSY due to the damage to the brain that they cause.
- Prenatal Injury: While a baby resides in the womb, it is defenseless against trauma. If the mother of the child becomes infected, has a poor diet, mineral and nutrition deficiency, or even oxygen troubles, these may cause the child to have EPILEPSY.
- Genetics: Studies have shown that certain parts of the brain, as well as certain types of seizures associated with EPILEPSY, have a connection with family history.
- Developmental Issues: Autism and neurofibromatosis, in addition to other developmental disorders, have been associated with EPILEPSY.
- Viral attacks: Certain infectious diseases such as meningitis and viral encephalitis have been known to cause EPILEPSY.
Now, let’s look at the risk factors associated with EPILEPSY:
- Familial tendencies: As previously stated, certain conditions exist that link family history with EPILEPSY.
- Age: EPILEPSY is not discriminate. It doesn’t matter your age, EPILEPSY can creep up on you at any time.
- Stroke of bad luck: Strokes are caused by the brain being deprived of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to function. This gives EPILEPSY an opportunity to creep up on you.
- Dementia: The risk of EPILEPSY is greater with patients suffering from Dementia.
Have you ever wondered what complications that EPILEPSY can cause? Then look no further.
- In your mind: People suffering from EPILEPSY are at increased risk of psychological issues ranging anywhere from anxiety to depression.
- Inability dealing with heavy machinery: EPILEPSY causes you to lose sight of your surroundings. If you are driving or operating any kind of heavy equipment, you could end up in a serious accident.
- Water woes: Epileptic seizures can occur at any time, if you are swimming, you could drown.
- Vertigo: Seizures, while you are standing, can cause you to lose your balance and you could break a bone or crack your skull.
- Two for the price of one: EPILEPSY in the mother during pregnancy poses a serious danger to both mother and child. If you are epileptic and plan on becoming pregnant, PLEASE consult with a doctor first.
- Unexpected and unwanted visit: People suffering from EPILEPSY run a small risk of Sudden Unexpected Death. Even though it is a small risk, I implore you to take this seriously and have a talk with your doctor.
SO WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
- EPILEPSY is a serious and sometimes fatal condition that can affect more than just the infected.
- EPILEPSY may not have a clearly identifiable cause, but several factors show a link to it.
- EPILEPSY causes more than just seizures.
AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? Below is a list of what we can do to reduce the possibility of having an epileptic seizure.
- Rest: Every night you need to make sure you get plenty of sleep.
- Just Say No: Avoid drugs and alcohol at all costs.
- Relax: Get to know stress reducing and relaxation techniques. Find some that work for you.
- Meds: Take all of your medications as prescribed.
- Lights are not toys: Avoid bright and flashing lights as they could instigate an epileptic seizure.
- Diet properly: Eat sensibly. What you put into your body can affect what comes out of it.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this article, if you would, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
As always: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.