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Old 03-18-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Unhappy is this a seizure?

This happens to me every time I am sick. If I am fixing to throw up due to a headache, or a virus, or even when I had food poisoning, I think it causes me to have a seizure. I can feel it coming on while I am throwing up, but then I seem to just lose consciousness almost. I can't see or hear anything, and when I start coming out of it, I am aware that I am making repetitive movemens with my body (such as waving my arms, or my whole body just convulsing almost). I can tell when this is fixing to happen, but I can't find a way to control it. I try to make sure that I am laying down, but I have fallen off the bed before, and off the toilet too. It is the most horrible feeling ever, I can't even describe. Just knowing that I feel it coming on makes me want to cry. Does this sound like a seizure?

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Old 03-19-2009, 06:12 AM   #2
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Re: is this a seizure?

Diagnosis should be done by a doctor, but I can give an opinion - if you're having involuntary muscle movements and you have a warning that they will occur (rather than with Parkinson's where they're almost constant), you've met a couple of the criteria for a seizure. You should definitely determine whether the muscle movements cause the throwing up or whether it's vice versa - and the way to do that is to see a physician. Wishing you all the best -

Old 03-19-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Re: is this a seizure?

Originally Posted by janicepowers View Post
This happens to me every time I am sick. If I am fixing to throw up due to a headache, or a virus, or even when I had food poisoning,.....Does this sound like a seizure?
In the conditions you listed there are other factors that cause the onset of the "episodes", if they are true neurological seizures or not. Perfectly healthy people (no known ailments) can have seizures due to high temperature.

IF a person has a very mild neurological condition and medication isn't needed to control seizures (rare, but it happens) it may be the stray item, such as being sick, pregnant, (bad food!), or any abnormality in the body that the immune system is fighting off that can cause a seizure.

You also must remember "seizures" and "epilepsy" are two different terms. Epilepsy is REPETITIVE seizures that often are caused by something (a percentage is unknown) and are controlled by medications in most cases.

A seizure (that anybody can have) can be caused by drinking too much, food allergy, diabetics can have them, reaction to foreign substance, (in other words, not always relating to electrical activity in the brain). As well if a person has a seizure, they may not have have another. IF they have another then it's a good idea to go in and be checked out to see if treatment is needed.


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