I will be explaining the different types of epileptic seizures and coping with epilepsy in this article. There are many different types of seizures and they all fit into two categories: generalized and partial seizures. For generalized seizures there are four different types of seizures:Generalized Tonic-Clonic, Myoclonic, Atonic and Absence Seizures. For partial seizures there are two different types of partial seizures, simple partial seizures and complex partial seizures and it is important to know that the complex partial seizures can lead into a generalized tonic-clonic seizure.
Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures better known as Grand-mal seizures are the mot common and best known type of generalized seizures. Grand-mal seizures usually last about three minutes per seizure and most of the time can re-trigger at at anytime before the first seizure ends, in which can make the entire seizure episode go into a long amount of time; the longest grand-mal seizure in which I have had lasted a total of 28 minutes long before everything ended. During a grand-mal seizure the seizure starts with stiffening of the limbs which is the tonic phase followed by jerking of the limbs and face, making the face interlock which is the clonic phase. A seizure cannot be stopped it has to go until it has taken it course, if a seizure is tried to be stopped it could lead the epileptic go into a coma. Also, there is no sense in calling 911 if a person goes into a grand-mal seizure, jut make sure all the furniture is out of the way so the person dopes not hit they’re head, turn the person on their side, put your hands on they’re rib cage softly and it could be either side the left r the right this will make sure that the tongue will not overlap the air passage in which the person could die. Although, it is a proven fact that a person cannot swallow they’re tongue but the tongue can overlap the air passage that will kill the person while they are having the seizure, but it very unlikely of that happening. With explaining the procedure for when a person has a grand-ml seizure there is n since in calling 911 for a doctor, nurse or even a EMT cannot help the person when they are going into a grand-mal seizure so if 911 is called that person would just have a huge hospital bill and no help whatsoever.
Myoclonic seizures are rapid, brief contractions of bodily muscles which usually occur on both sides of the body at the same time. Occasionally, they will involve one arm of one foot. People usually think of them as sudden jerks or clumsiness and these seizures usually last about one minute and first aid a mentioned in grand-mal seizures is not needed.
Atonic seizures produce an abrupt loss of muscle tone. Other names for atonic seizures include: drop attacks, static or Akinetic seizures. These types of seizures produce head drops, loss of posture or sudden collapse and without warning. People that have these types of seizures drop with force which can result in head or face injury, also head gear is required for people that have thee types of seizures.
Now there is Absence seizures better known as petit-mal seizures, these seizures usually last about 60 seconds and the person is back to what they were doing right after the seizure. These seizures consist of lapses of awareness, eye fluttering, automatism’s such as lip smacking, picking at clothes and fumbling.
Now I will speak on partial seizures, during a partial seizure electric disturbance is limited to a specific on one side of the brain. There are two types of partial seizures, simple and complex as mentioned before. Simple partial seizures last about 90 seconds and the symptoms include: loss of consciousness, sudden jerking with sensory phenomena and possible transient weakness or loss of sensation. Complex partial seizures are a little more complicated than simple partial seizures, complex partial seizures usually last between one to two minutes long per seizure and can re-trigger just as a grand-mal seizure can. The person has automatism’s such as lip smacking, picking at clothes, or fumbling and the person will not be ware of their environment and as a result may wander, experience amnesia for seizure events and mild or moderate confusion and sleepiness. Now these seizures come in come in degree patterns first degree, second degree and third degree in third degree being the worst of the three stage degrees. Also, the third degree partial seizures can be just as frightening as a grand-mal can be, although, one of these third degree seizures can lead into a grand-mal seizure as well. Third degree partial seizures last bout 2-3 minutes unless another one kicks in, during my third degree partial seizures i know of when one starts, when it ends, when another kicks in and when it ends as well and am completely conscious during the entire seizure with my neck stiffened up where i cannot move it at any point and of my eyes wandering in every direction as well until the seizure stops completely.
With so many people not knowing anything about epilepsy and when one of their family members or friends finds out they have epilepsy it can be hard to for that person to cope with their family member or friend going into a seizure right in front of them. It is best for the person that knows nothing about epilepsy and see’s their friend or family member goes into a seizure to try and remain relaxed and later learn more about epilepsy so that they need not be afraid of the epileptic seizure, the person having the seizure or epilepsy itself. that is why i wrote my book “Epilepsy and the Epileptic” to teach the general public of the world of what epilepsy is, what goes with it, the procedures to treat the epilepsy, epilepsy and pregnancy and even the different epilepsy surgeries; not counting of what a person with epilepsy has to go through within they’re life with having it and having to live with it daily.