What does it feel like to have a seizure?
Destiny Burns has five different types of seizures, all of which are very different, and her candid account helps us understand what people with epilepsy are going through. Destiny is a young woman in her early twenties, and her seizures began when she was in her freshman year of high school.
Like a big electric jolt to my mind and body
Myoclonic Jerks (MJs) are seizures that feel like a big electric jolt to my mind and body, and I have no control over them. They usually come in clusters, almost like hiccups, and I have no control over them.
I blank out and I don’t realize it
I simply blank out for a short period of time, and most of the time I’m not even aware of it; mine usually last around 10 seconds but can last longer at times, and they can be dangerous if I’m doing something, even something as simple as crossing the street, during them.
A childish state of mind
My friends and family have saved me from things like stripping naked in the middle of Walmart and walking in front of a truck coming down the road.
I feel like an astronaut
These are also auras, which I remember and am aware of, says the woman with Tourette’s syndrome. I usually feel like my body is reversed, I feel spacey and floaty, and I often say I feel like an astronaut, she says.
I can feel myself fading into it and I wake up on the floor
Destiny’s seizures can range from very mild to very severe, and they affect her life in a variety of ways. If you have epilepsy, we hope Destiny’s story inspires you to learn more about the different seizure types and how Embrace has helped her feel more free and independent.
What happens during a grand mal seizure?
A grand mal seizure, also known as a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, is characterized by a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. It is the type of seizure that most people envision when they think of seizures.
Can you feel a seizure coming on?
Daydreaming, jerking movements of an arm, leg, or body, feeling fuzzy or confused, having periods of forgetfulness, feeling tingling or numbness in a part of the body, and other warning signs preceding seizures include daydreaming, jerking movements of an arm, leg, or body, feeling fuzzy or confused, having periods of forgetfulness, feeling tingling or numbness in a part of the body, and feeling tingling or numbness in a part of
What does the beginning of a seizure feel like?
Unusual feelings, often indescribable. Unusual smells, tastes, or feelings. Unusual experiences u2013 “out-of-body” sensations; feeling detached; body looks or feels different; situations or people appear unexpectedly familiar or strange.
How serious is a grand mal seizure?
Grand mal seizures can be fatal, so seek medical help right away (call 911) if you have one. Early medical treatment can reduce the risk and severity of future seizures.
Can you fight off a seizure?
Some people can fight seizures by sniffing a strong odor, such as garlic or roses, in cases where the aura is a smell; in cases where the preliminary signs include depression, irritability, or headache, an extra dose of medication (with a doctor’s approval) may help prevent an attack.
How long does it take to recover from grand mal seizure?
What to Do If Someone Has a Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizure It’s upsetting to witness someone having a tonic-clonic seizure, but keep in mind that most seizures resolve on their own after one to three minutes.
What triggers a seizure?
Triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include exhaustion and lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, and not taking medication. Some people may be able to avoid these triggers and thus reduce their chances of having a seizure if they know what causes them.
Is it OK to sleep after a seizure?
They may feel tired and want to sleep after the seizure, so it’s a good idea to remind them where they are. Stay with them until they recover and can safely return to what they were doing before.
Should I go to the hospital if I have a seizure?
Seizures are most commonly caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which is known as epileptic seizures. If a seizure lasts longer than five minutes or if someone has their first seizure, call 911 or seek emergency medical help.
What are the 3 types of seizures?
Seizures come in a variety of forms.
- Absence seizures, also known as petit mal seizures, can cause rapid blinking or a brief period of staring into space. Tonic-clonic seizures, also known as grand mal seizures, can cause a person to cry out, lose consciousness, fall to the ground, or experience muscle jerks or spasms.
Can you stop a seizure once it starts?
You can’t stop a seizure once it starts, but you can help protect someone from harm while they’re having one. Some seizures are more dangerous than others, but most aren’t life-threatening. If you want to help, focus on keeping the person safe.
What are the 3 main phases of a seizure?
Seizures can take many different forms and have three stages: prodrome, ictal, and post-ictal.
What are the long term effects of a grand mal seizure?
Long-term seizures, also known as status epilepticus, can result in brain damage or death, and people with epilepsy are eight times more likely than those without it to develop dementia, migraine, heart disease, and depression.
What should you do if someone is having a grand mal seizure?
Here are some things you can do to assist someone who is having a seizure like this:
- Remove eyeglasses.
- Ease the person to the floor.
- Turn the person gently to one side.
- Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
- Place something soft and flat under his or her head, such as a folded jacket.
What triggers tonic-clonic seizures?
A brain tumor or a ruptured blood vessel in your brain, both of which can cause a stroke, could trigger generalized tonic-clonic seizures. A head injury could also trigger your brain to cause a seizure.