Seizures can be terrifying, both for the person who experiences them and for those who witness them. Seizures occur in many different forms and can be difficult to identify. Knowing the common signs of having a seizure can help you to recognize seizure in yourself or friends and family.
Seizures are the result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. There are a number of factors that can cause seizures, some of which are still unknown. Furthermore, not all seizures are the same. In fact, the specific symptoms of a seizure can help medical professionals to diagnose the type of seizure you experienced. There are two primary types of seizures:
The signs and symptoms of a having a seizure vary by type of seizure and from individual to individual. There are three phases to a seizure, however, not all individuals will experience all three phases or be able to recognize them for what they are.
Some sufferers of seizures can tell that a seizure is coming, at times days in advance. Some individuals experience a Prodome – a change in emotions or behavior prior to the seizure. These indications may happen days before the onset of the seizure. When this happens, sufferers can take steps by taking their medication and being in a safe place to avoid injury during the seizure.
Symptoms experienced during this phase include:
The middle phase is also known as the ictal phase. It is during this phase that the seizure actually occurs. The symptoms of phase two include:
There are often lingering symptoms after a seizure is over. Some individuals recover rather quickly while others take some time. Symptoms of the third phase of the seizure include:
If you believe you or a loved one have some of the common signs of seizures it is important to be seen by a medical professional immediately. The staff at NY Neurology Associates includes a team of doctors who work with each patient to understand their specific neurological needs and design a treatment plan. If you would like to schedule an appointment or check for availability, book online or call (332) 255-5726.