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Posted by Jerald Mobley on October 25, 2000 at 19:05:37:

In Reply to: Re: Do peplpe know they had a seizure afterwords? posted by carol on January 19, 2000 at 19:55:35:

: : I was wondering if a person knows he is having a seizure when it is happening or after it is over. How do they feel,during and after. I have a young child that can't tell me what is going on when he has seizures and I would like to know more about what he is going thru. Thank you!!!

: Jamie - Most people have no idea that are having a seizure. Some do get an "aura" which could be feeling queezy, dizzy, headache or a strange smell. Does your son seem to "space out" in conversation or while doing activities? This could be a sign he is having a petit mal. I used to have these and teachers back when I was in school thought I was day dreaming when in fact I was having seizures. I hope this helps. I do know this after a seizures you body is extremely tired. This is due to the jerks the body is having and the energy your body puts out during the seizure. Normally people afterwards tend to sleep for several hours until their bodies have rested.

As an adult of nearly 60 years of age, I experienced my first "seizure' six years ago. I didn't know it was coming on. I awoke briefly, in the back of an ambulance. I spent 24 hours in observation at the hospital, and then was released, and put on dilantin for three months. At the end of that period, the physician took me off. No tapering off either!

Two years later, I began experiencing an aura, which I had experienced shortly before the first seizure. I was again placed on dilantin for about 1 1/2 years. I was taken off, only to wake up as the technicians were preparing to load me in the ambulance again. I've been on dilantin ever since.

Recently, I began using an artificial sweetner in my coffee in the morning, and a few days later began having the not quite in phase feelings, I've experienced before the last two seizures. I puzzled about it for a few days while using the sweetner, then realized that it might be the sweetner, and stopped using it.

After a few days, the problems stopped. Thank God.

The sweetner contains aspertaine. I'm not sure if that's the correct spelling.

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