Whether it’s staring off, unusual jerking movements, shaking, drop attacks, or something else – a genetic factor may be an underlying cause.
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Muscles suddenly become limp, eye lids may droop, or the head may nod or drop forward. If the person is standing, they often fall to the floor.
Symptoms can involve the entire body, or just be one side or one limb. Symptoms can vary from a rapid jerking, followed by a very relaxed body, and then back to jerking again. The jaw muscle can clench which can interfere with breathing or cause them to bite their tongue. These can be called, “fits or convulsions”.
Symptoms just look like they are staring off into space or have repetitive movements like lip smacking.
Some people have these which typically happen at night. Some experience frightening images and shortness of breath or screaming. These can be called sleep terrors. Sleep walking and bed-wetting are more common in children.
Febrile seizures happen when the person has a high fever. Simple febrile seizures can be generalized full body convulsions, typically last less than 15 minutes, and no more than once in a 24-hour period. Complex or complicated febrile seizures typically start with one body part moving independently of others, they can last more than 15 minutes and can occur more than once in a 24-hour period.
Brain injury or trauma
Genetic or congenital (a change that a person is born with)
One in three people with seizures not controlled by medicine and developmental delays have underlying genetic causes. AmbitCare provides free genetic services and 1:1 support. Take our assessment below to find out if you qualify.Take the assessment
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