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Old 10-26-2001, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question recovery from a grand mal.....

How long does it take for you to recover completely from a grand mal seizure?? When i have a seizure i get bad headaches afterwards and sometimes it takes me four or five days to recover completely. Is this long? is it about average?

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Old 11-01-2001, 05:35 PM   #2
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That seems like a long time. I would check back with your doctor. I worked in a seizure clinic for a while and the usual recovery time would be later in the same day - sometimes after "sleeping it off" so to speak. My daughter also has seizures - some are of the grand mal variety - and she is better by the morning if they occur at night - and usually better within an hour or two. That has been my experience at least. What does your doctor say?

Old 12-10-2001, 07:00 PM   #3
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pacemaker HB User

Hi Codey :
I am not a expert but my experience is that you
recover after about a hour or two If it's takening
you a day or two you need to talk to your Doc !
Hope this helps

Old 12-12-2001, 11:17 AM   #4
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I sleep it off myself. I can wake up and not be cohrent for awhile. One time I woke up pretty myuch ready to go, but later that day I had a second one and that put me in the bed for a couple of hours. I would be concerned if it took me more than a day and would go to my doc. Is there any chance you are having more in your sleep??

Old 01-15-2002, 10:00 PM   #5
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i have grand mal seizures in my sleep...what i was wondering is what do you mean by recovering? after a seizure i am able to be mobile and stand on my own after a good sleep about 4-5 hours, but as far as full recovery i am usually really tired and out of it for about a week.


Old 01-30-2002, 09:36 AM   #6
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I usually have a major headache for the rest of the day and my muscles are really sore for 1-5 days. My tongue takes the biggest beating and takes the longest to heal, sometimes 30 days.

I have only had two grand mal seizures and I really bite down on my tongue so I hope I don't have them anymore. I refused to take meds between the first two seizures because I am newly diagnosed and I thought I might have had a single episode. This is because I had just quit taking Paxil after nearly 4 months and was having weird withdrawl side effects from it. Sometimes I still wonder about the Paxil.

The second grand mal I had wasn't nearly as bad as the first (even though I was on no meds) and I wasn't really sore at all with the exception of my tongue.

I fear if I have too many more seizures, I'm going to bite off my tongue or severe it badly. I am on 400mg Dilantin daily now since my second seizure and I have gone 245 days since my last seizure. The first two were 233 days apart so maybe I'm doing better. Time will tell.

God bless....

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