Signs and symptoms of Epilepsy

The symptoms of epilepsy differ according to the type of seizure. In a number of cases, an individual with epilepsy may experience the same kind of seizure every time; in such cases the symptoms will be similar. Physicians have classified seizures as focal or generalized. This classification is base on the abnormal activity of the brain starts.

Focal seizures
sometimes it happens that the seizures are caused due to the abnormal activity in only one section of the brain, then it is known as focal or partial seizures. Again they are divided into two types, simple focal seizures and complex focal seizures.

Generalized seizures
Generalized seizures involves the entire brain. There are six types of generalized seizures. They are: Absence seizures, Tonic seizures, Clonic seizures, Myoclonic seizures, Atonic seizures and Tonic-clonic seizures

Secondary Generalized Seizure – this can be explained as a seizure which may have began as a partial seizure, but gradually which extends to both halves of the brain. In such case of seizures, the individual loses consciousness.

As regards the primary symptoms of epilepsy it can be defined as an occurrence of frequent seizures. Some symptoms have been pointed out by the physicians that may indicate if an individual is suffering from epilepsy. They have been mentioned below. In cases of the occurrences of one or more of the mentioned symptoms a medical exam is required, particularly if they occur frequently. The epileptic symptoms are:

  • A seizure without temperature
  • Short term blackout or puzzled memory.
  • Irregular fainting with a loss of bowel or bladder control followed by tremendous tiredness.
  • A short term unresponsiveness to any given instructions or questions.
  • Stiffness in the body abruptly without any obvious reason
  • A suddenly falls without any reason
  • Unexpected spell of blinking lacking any clear stimuli
  • Abrupt fits of chewing for no reasons
  • Short time spells of astonishment without the ability to communicate
  • Recurring actions that appears inappropriate
  • The feeling of fear, panic or anger for no obvious reason
  • Unusual transformation in senses like smell, touch or sound
  • Jerking of the body parts in infants, which appears as bunch of fast jerking movements

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