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Old 06-19-2006, 12:00 AM   #1
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What type of seizure is this?

My son who is 9 now has seizures, so far 2 different types, 1 the grand mal, I guess they call it, and another type which I don't know what is, his doctor just told me it was a seizure. Anyone know?
He just spaces out, can't even repeat Mom. Can't seem to say anything at all. Told him to put his shoes on so we could go to the doctor (to see what he would do) He did kind of look at his shoes, but couldn't seem to do anything else, The first time (as far as we know, it was the first time?) was fairly short, about 15 minutes, but the second time, he was like that for hours. Scared the heck out of me.
He's only had 2 of each type as far as we know, but we only know what brought on 1 of them. It's been awhile since he's had one, but of course we never know when another might come.

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Old 06-19-2006, 10:04 AM   #2
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Re: What type of seizure is this?

Sounds like a petit mal or "staring seizure' as it's sometimes called. The 15 mins. is about average. Even though the 2nd one seemed to last for hours it may not actually have. He may have had multiple ones, one right after the other without time to recover between. You should DEFINATELY tell the doctor about that. If the one he goes to won't tell you anything find one who does. There are also perdiatric neurologists specializing in juvenile epilepsy.

If he appears to go into one of the seiz. that lasts for hours again I would take him to the ER to be checked and possibly given an EEG.

Good luck and I hope this helped. Oh, you should also keep a written log of when he has seiz., time of day, what he was doing, how long they lasted etc. It can be a big help to Drs. to have as much info as possible and I know it gets hard to remember it all. Boy do I know.

Old 06-21-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: What type of seizure is this?

This sounds like the type of sez that I usually have. My dr calles them a "Focal Seizure". I don't actually know what I'm doing when I have them because I have no memory of what happened during the sez and I usually don't have any memory of what happened hours or days before I have had the sez.

I usually just stare off into space for periods of time, the dr told me if it lasts longer than 15 min, I need to go to the hospital. Sometimes I will repete words, come up with my own words and call things by that. When I come out of it I have the worst headache that seems like it lasts forever and usually dosen't go away until I fall asleep. The next day after having one of these I am usually very tired too and will sleep most of the day.

I hope this helps.

Old 06-21-2006, 11:14 PM   #4
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Re: What type of seizure is this?

thank you both for responding, it sure doesn't sound like it should last that long, I took him to his doctor during his long one, and he didn't do anything. Just ordered the EEG, which all they told me about that was that it showed that he was prone to seizures. I will make sure I take him to ER next time.
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