What You Need to Know About Seizures


Seizures are not always marked by muscle rigidity like experienced by people with epilepsy. The symptoms can vary depending on the type of seizures and which brain areas are under attack.

According Livestrong, here are some things you need to know about seizures,

Loss of muscle strength
When having an atonik seizure , someone will lose most of their muscle strength. Patients will have difficulty to stand and hold on and not in control their eyelid movement.

When collapsed due to a sudden loss of muscle strength, someone who is having an  atonik seizure often experience serious injuries.

Loss of consciousness
The type of seizure that often occurs in patients with epilepsy is the grand mal seizure or tonic seizures. Someone who experience it will fall because of loss of consciousness during certain periods. The first phase which lasts about 30 seconds is the stiffness throughout the body (tonic phase), followed by an intense surprises (clonic phase).

The third or last phase of grand mal seizures is the postictal phase, which is when the patient falls asleep after the attack. When awaken, the patient will usually still experience dizziness and  feel dispirited.

Disrupting the memories of time
Absence seizure is characterized by loss of consciousness for a moment that could go unnoticed and are often experienced by young children. This types of seizure is characterized by a sudden silence while staring blankly at the ceiling.

Absence seizures can occur many times a day without realizing it, which causes the sufferer to find difficulty  in remembering events chronologically.

Cause strange movements
Myoclonic seizures involves both sides of the brain that triggers a strange movements on both sides of the body. On a more serious stage, patients may lose control of their movement and suddenly throw or drop objects held in their hand.

May involve only certain parts of the brain
Partial seizures involve only certain parts of the brain, so the effect is milder than seizures that involve both sides of the brain. Simple partial seizure affects motor skills, sensory perception or psychological impact.

The symptoms that appear can include muscle rigidity and a strange sensation on the senses like seeing a room as if it is getting more narrow, objects moving by itself, smelling unusual smells, or hearing strange noises.

Meanwhile, complex partial seizures can trigger unconscious movements, such as walking, anxiety and chewing. Movements are performed without being able to be controlled by the individual.