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Symptoms of Epilepsy

Shakespeare describes an attack of epilepsy or the 'falling sickness' in the famous Roman statesman and commander Julius Caesar in Act I, Scene ii of his tragedy Julius Caesar, Casca describes how Caesar swooned and fell down...' and a few verses later says: "He fell down in the market place, and foamed at the mouth, and was speechless".


Epilepsy was known as 'Hercules sickness' for over 2000 years because Hercules was known to suffer from it. This is stated in the fifth main scene of Euripides' play Hercules furens and is described in the following words: "And everyone looks at the man who has been struck dumb and is completely changed, whose reddened eyes roll, from whose beard froth drips... He bears his body and struggles to breathe".

The intensity of the symptoms varies greatly with individuals. The kind of seizure that affects a person depends on a variety of things such as the part of the brain affected and the underlying cause of the seizure. They may range from simple staring spells and being unconscious to violent convulsions.

Most patients experience the same symptoms time and again , while some people experience different symptoms each time. There are some disorders that may give rise to symptoms resembling those associated with seizures. They are panic attacks, Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) , and other disorders that cause loss of consciousness.

An aura consisting of strange sensations occur in some individuals before the seizures. These sensations may include a tingling , detecting a strange smell, or emotional changes. Seizures may occur continuously without an explanation.


A few of the non-specific symptoms include-

  • Headache
  • Changes in energy levels or mood
  • Feeling of Dizziness
  • Loosing consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss.

The different types of epilepsy and their symptoms are listed below-


This type of epilepsy occurs mostly during childhood. It has very few or no body movement. During the episode, the individual just blinks his eye, subsequently loosing awareness about his surroundings


Violent muscle contractions affecting the whole body, loss of consciousness and frothing from the mouth are the main symptoms. The breathing stops temporarily. Tongue or cheek biting is another danger in this type of seizures.


In this type of epilepsy, muscle contractions of a specific body part and abnormal sensations occur. Feeling of nausea, sweating, skin flushing and dilation of pupils may also occur.


Sweating, flushing of the skin, change in personality or emotions are some of the symptoms associated with this kind of seizures.



Usually, complications are a result of repeated or long stretches of convulsions. Injuries resulting from a fall, biting the tongue and accidents that occur while driving or while operating machinery are the life- threatening complications of a seizure. Side effects from medications may also lead to complications.


  1. Famous people who suffered from epilepsy - (http://www.epilepsiemuseum.de/alt/body_prominenteen.html)

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My son Michael Mirai was born with a rare type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy [SMEI]. This is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. Individuals with SMEI suffer from intellectual disabilities as well as severe behavioral and development delays. All effort made to be sure he did not live his life miserably with deadly disease proof abortive. I have carried him to different Doctors, use different prescription drug all to no avail.
Dr. Lawson!!! (with tears of joy) I will forever be indebted to you. Your medicine worked perfectly well and now my son is cured of Epilepsy completely. Continue your good job......


Planning to marry a girl, I have not even engaged with her as of now but i got to know she have fits. Her age is 23, she got fits at age of 14 and 18 for few min only and using medicines continuously. In last six years no problem with fits and still continously using medicine. SO please guide me, we can overcome this problem? after marriage If I will marry then in future, kids also affectng the same? Please suggest. Thanx, shabs


my 3.5 yrs son suffering fits for last one month. he gets unconcious for 5 -10 minutes, so we consult neurologist and done many tests like EEG, CT and MRI and all are normal hE is still and Dr. suggested us to use valprine 200mg syrup 5 ml daily we are using since last 10 days and again yesterday he got the same problem.how long will the treatment go and will he will be able to lead a healthy life in future.please suggest me.


My father in law, he is 78 years he is epilepsy patient but from past 40 years he is normal, that to without tablets but in jan 31 he started vomiting we admitied him in hospital; they did MRI brain. There r 3 small clots but not treatable after 10 days he felt in a bathroom he told it was because of fit, again we consult dr. EEG done. They started medicine for fits 16 tab per day he is becoming dull day by day he was not able to walk or stand we were worried, as he is a dr he was not satisfied with his dr we change the dr. she stopped all tab and started levetiracetam ,then he was fine only incoherent talk was there doctor said that he is fiting inside the brain after two month he became violent he use to beat, shout , again we admit him he went in coma. after 20 days dr. told take him home and give him care and hop for best but after 1 and 1/2 month he came out from coma and start talking, eating no one believe not even dr. that he recover very well but again after 1 and 1/2 month he started becoming dull and on 7/9/2013 he had fit he bite his toung then again he was hospitalized he is in MICU in coma for12 days in room for8 days now after one month recovering ....what shill I do more for him, please help


My daughter aged 13 years just suffered from fits for the first time. She attained age and the illness occurred on the 7th day morning of her second month's menstruation. She was partially unconscious for about 20 minutes followed with heavy vomiting several times. Doctor advised for several tests including ct scan. is it occurred due to some hormone changes in body, loss of blood ect? is it curable?

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