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What Are the Side Effects of Seizures?

The side effects of seizures depend on various factors such as seriousness, age and reasons. In order to minimize the brain damage, it is important to control seizures on time. Talking about seizures, this is a sudden alteration of behavior due to provisional change in the brain’s electrical function, particularly cortex.

Side effects of the Seizures in Different Stages

Many people become aware at the starting of the seizure and some people are not aware so they have no initial warning. There are three stages of the seizures and all three of them has diverse side effects.


First Stage Aura

This is the first stage of Seizures that is an indescribable feeling. Also known as partial seizure the side effects you may experience of Aura are

  • A common feeling that something is happened before (Déjà vu)
  • Smells
  • Sounds
  • Feeling that something is quite similar but actually not (Jamais vu )
  • Headache
  • Nausea and other stomach feeling
  • Tingling in the body part or numbness
  • Feeling sensation or changes in behavior hours or day prior to seizures

Second Stage (Middle stage): Ictal Phase

This is the mid stage of seizures. This phase correlates with the brain’s electrical seizures activity. The common side effects of the seizures are

  • Loss of awareness
  • Feeling spacey or confused
  • Day Dreaming or distracted
  • Unable to hear, Flashing lights and Out of body sensation
  • Feeling detached, formed visual hallucination
  • Body parts look and feel different
  • Déjà vu (feeling of being there before but never have) and Jamais vu (feeling that something is very familiar but it isn’t)
  • Difficulty in talking, unable to move
  • Biting of tongue
  • Heart racing
  • Sweating and a few others

Last Stage: Postictal phase

This is a kind of recovery period after the seizures. Where some people safely recover, some takes a few minutes or hours to come back to their senses. The side effects of this seizure are

  • May have injuries such as broken bones, cuts and heads injuries
  • Headache or other pain
  • Thirsty
  • Upset stomach and nausea
  • Urge to go to toilet and lose control in the bladder
  • Scared, anxious, feel sad, dizzy, fuzzy
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in writing and talking

Understanding the kind of seizures you are having is very crucial. Though here are different kinds of seizures one can be having, so it is important to seek assistance of a good physician who can help you to overcome this problem. Certainly, a small defect in brain can cause big harm if not treated on time, so no matter whether you are suffering from Grand Mal, Absence, clonic, tonic, atonic or myoclonic seizures, it is vital to get it checked property in initial stage.

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