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What Happens During a Seizure?

Seizures occur when the brain experiences a sudden surge of electrical activity. Though they are rarely life-threatening, they can cause the body to behave abnormally. Here is what we need to know about them.

Will I know If I’m Going To Have A Seizure?

If we have had seizures in the past, it may be easy to predict when one is coming about. Most seizures are unpredictable; however, some people experience warning signs that may occur days or even hours beforehand. If we are fortunate enough to be forewarned, it is important that we make sure that we are in a safe area or seek medical attention if needed.

What Happens Before A Seizure?

Before a seizure occurs, we may experience an aura. An aura is a fancy way of describing a warning sign. Auras can come in the form of various sensations or behaviors that include but are not limited to:

  • Abnormal feelings or emotions
  • Feeling disconnected to the body
  • Numbness or tingling in various areas
  • Headaches
  • Uncontrollable Jerking
  • Confusion or forgetfulness
  • Fatigue or bodily weakness
  • Loss of bowel or urine control
  • Odd smells or tastes
  • Loss of stability or falling

What Are Some Common Symptoms Of A Seizure?

Because no seizure is the same, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether we have had one or not. Though symptoms vary from person to person, unexplained changes in awareness, dilated pupils, drooling, weakness, muscle dysfunctions, and issues with communication are all key indicators.

Seizures affect everyone differently and can be both scary and severe in many cases. Contact Dr. Amor Mehta, MD today to see how we can help prevent or limit these occurrences.