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can you die from complex partial epilepsy?

i have been doing research to see if i have any symptoms for epilepsy and it turns out i do only for complex partial epilepsy. i cant seem to find if it is deadly or not. can anyone give me some info on this?
i didnt self diagnose myself. I have a specialist in this feild in my family and she said it was a possibility. i started looking it up because it got me kind of scared. she also said if anything, my "case" is not major. {if i have it} thanks!

Whoa there! Have you even seen a doctor about this, or did you self-diagnose? Many people, (it is a survival mechanism) self-diagnose the worst ailments possible based off of symptoms. You must see a doctor if you feel you are ill, and s/he will make a diagnosis and a prognosis. Till then, do not lose sleep over it.  (+ info)

My daughter has comlplex partial epilepsy what do i look for to know for sure she is having a seziure?

You need to seek the advice of a trained medical professional instead of the advice of untrained people on Yahoo answers.

It is the job of your doctor to help you understand his patients condition.

If the doctor is not doing that he is failing to do his job.

If you are not asking questions about anything and everything that you do not understand then you are failing to do your job as the patient, or in this case, you are failing to do your job as the parent.

You have posted this question in the diabetes category, this question is totally unrelated to this category.

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I have epilepsy and twitches in my fingers, are these partial seizures?

My fingers and thumb will "jump" while I'm just sitting here. I haven't over-used them.


Its possible that this could be a simple partial seizure. However, If the twitch is the only thing going on I would be skeptical to say that this is seizure activity. A single twitch is rarely seizure activity.  (+ info)

Simple Partial Epilepsy and Driving?

So I recently found out that I most likely have simple partial epilepsy and I am going to go to the doctors to find out. My only fear is that they might take my driver's license away. I have never had an "attack" when driving. I only get them when I start moving too quickly, and when driving you don't move your body at all. My thing is I get a motor freeze in my face, hands, and feet. What happens is my muscles freeze up and contort. I am fully aware and concious during it and they only last about 10-15 seconds. If I go to the doctors do you think my license will get revoked? Once again, it NEVER happens when I drive and I am still fully concious and aware. I can sort of talk (more like make sounds) and sort of move but just not my fingers, feet, or face.

A lot this answer resides more in the driving laws in your state than in your doctor's opinion.

Six states (California, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Pennsylvania) require physicians to report patients with seizures. Then, it is out of the physicians hands.

Other states require the patient to report. In these states, you are liable if you have a seizure behind the wheel and you didn't report your epilepsy.

In some states it is left to the physicians decision as to whether or not he reports your epilepsy. I guess you should hope you live in one of these states.

Check out http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/rights_driving for more information and links to DMV's before going to see your physician. Know what the law is, and then plead your case to your doctor. Make sure he knows that you plan on complying with whatever treatment he prescribes, and then actually do it.

Hope this helps.

BTW: www.epilepsyfoundation.org and www.epilepsy.com are both great resources for all epileptics. (Including me)  (+ info)

Describe your simple partial seizures - epilepsy patients?

The most common symptoms are deja vu, bad smells etc etc What feeling do you get from these seizures, that is grantide you have epilespy. Tell me about your experiences and also even the average person will have a couple of these episodes in their lifetime. I had a corrective craniotomy for epilepsy but still have simple partial seizures or auras. My main thing are the olfactory hallucinations, dam I hate those. I don't take any meds no more because it seems the side effects are worse than the dam seizures. Also have you found a medication that stops these where the side effect are not as worse as the episodes themselves? Thank you in advance

I can't remember the first tie it happened, but it has been a while. Probably since I was around 5-sih.

When my eyes close the room feels like it's huge and my mouth is full of cotton. As well my hands feel very puffy. I have numbers goping through my head very fast..12345 12345 12345 12345 12345 12345.... and it lasts about 2 minutes even though I feel like it goes on forever. What really helps is when somebody puts thier hand on me and rubs me a little bit. It gives me a sense of distance back, so that the room does not feel like the grand hall. When I open my eyes everything is out of focus for a while but returns soon enough.

I never knew what this was until about a year ago.. My doctor told me that it's a form of seizure. What disturbs me is that I have been having them all my life then, even whwn I was a little boy.

Disturbing. The last one I had about a week ago was the largest one I have ever had, it came with my body twitching out of my own control.  (+ info)

Indicator of photosensitive epilepsy and/or partial complex seizures?

I don't get to talk to the neurologist until Tuesday, but am curious now: I had an EEG yesterday morning and during the medium speeds of the strobes flashing at my closed eyes, i felt euphoric, like on a roller coaster with surges in heart rate as well. the rest of the day i felt like i was dreaming and had bad pain (but lingering euphoria) behind my eyes above my temples. Is this an indicator of partial complex seizures and/or photosensitive epilepsy? Thanks!

Not everyone with complex partials has photosensitive seizures. I'm one of them. All the eeg's I had, the flashing lights did NOTHING to me. I can sit at a keyboard for HOURS and nothing happens -- unless you keep me up REALLY late (like 4 or 5 am), and then we might have been talking. (I speak in the past tense because I had surgery 6 months ago that stopped my seizures COLD -- nothing in 6 months!!)

I'd wait till you talk to the doc -- but remember, not every eeg picks up seizure activity. I had so many "normal" eeg's it wasn't funny. In fact, after 24 years ON meds, I had a different doc look at all the normals and pull me OFF meds overnight. Was THAT a mistake. I was off meds having seizures regularly for 9 years. Finally, I found a new doc who suggested the seizure surgery. Best thing since sliced bread!!!! :-)  (+ info)

Are there any comparisons with acute anxiety, that can be mistaken for complex partial seizure epilepsy?

Actually, these people above are wrong... I know from personal experience! I was misdiagnosed with partial seizure epilepsy, and it was only once I'd been medicated for months on mind-numbing carbamazepine without any success, and been given two 24 hour EEG scans, that my doctor referred me to another one - who, thank god, realised the problem was all mental. My ''seizures'' were in fact anxiety attacks.

When I have a panic attack, sometimes I can forget things like my name, where I live... I can't breathe properly, and I feel unable to walk or talk... or I wander around aimlessly. This sort of behaviour could easily be mistaken for seizures.

Luckily, I'm in the capable hands of a psychiatrist now, who has got me on the right medication and treatment program.
It's interesting you asked, and I hope this helped!  (+ info)

Has anyone with complex partial epilepsy had very good results with Gabapentin?

I was on it and I also have VNS and I assumed it was the VNS that had kept me completely free from any seizures for two and a half months but when I started reducing the Gabapentin they started again.

I use gabapentin for pain management but i have herd it is very good to stop seizures dont stop it go see your doc hope this helps u  (+ info)

Do i have a form of epilepsy or partial seizures?

everytime someone talks to me or even when im active this happens: Brief periods of no response to questions or instructions/Episodes of blank staring(happens a lot)/ Sudden fear, anger or panic for no reason/Muscle jerks of arms, legs or body(happens when im relaxing or about to sleep)

Epilepsy consists of many forms of seizures.
Many seizures do not show up on eeg's either.
Go to your doctor, he/she then should send you to a neurologist who then will set up a eeg test. Do not be surprised if they put you through a mri as well.
Do not be surprised if nothing is caught on the eeg. Drugs are not always the way to go and you might be offered drugs by the doctor. This of course is a personal choice.
Be careful from now on since you are aware of what is going on. I have had these all my life, my youngest son has them and many family members.
The medical community does not know everything about these. I have paid a lot of money through out the years to find this out. All I can tell you is, the drugs are VERY nasty!!
Learn stress management. Family, friends need to be aware of these and what to do when you are in one. Specially if you fall.
Keep in mind your driving privileges might be revoked. It is dangerous to drive with these. Better safe then sorry. I am unable to drive, for now.
Life with these is not to bad one learns to deal with them. Go to your doctors.
Wish you well.

VERY rare you are going to die. Do not listen to this!! I am a older women who has had these since birth, I am still alive, no so well but alive!!  (+ info)

what does complex partial epilepsy casue? Can it make you get dymesia,alzheimers, or other disease?

complex partial epilepsy causes seizures with altered consciousness, usually characteristic motions such as lip smacking or arm motions where the person is not responsive for as long as the seizure lasts. Epilepsy does not cause Alzheimer's, but if someone has uncontrolled seizure activity that lasts a long time (status epilepticus) or extremely frequent seizures, it can cause brain damage that leads to cognitive problems.  (+ info)

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