Epileptic Seizure Symptoms

Epilepsy Information 2012

Epileptic Seizure Symptoms

Unbeknown to most people, epileptic seizure symptoms are not solely limited to the convulsions that we see illustrated in movies and on television. The classic image of a patient experiencing an epilepsy episode has been so ingrained in our minds that picturing other symptoms just does not come naturally for many people. Still, it would help if we were better informed about the types of symptoms that patients can experience during an epilepsy attack so we can properly respond to and help a patient in need of assistance.

In the succeeding paragraphs, we will break down the different epileptic seizure symptoms depending on the classification in order to give people a more concrete picture of what patients can experience during an attack:

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS. Beyond the classic symptoms of convulsions, there are many other physical epileptic seizure symptons of an epilepsy attack. This includes, among others, talking impediments, chewing movements, drooling, fluttering eyelids, temporary paralysis, staring blankly, teeth clenching, sweating, breathing problems, or weird involuntary movements like foot stomping and hand waving. The epileptic seizure symptoms manifesting as physical actions are primarily due to changes in the brain affecting the area that controls motor functions. Epilepsies which predominantly manifest in this sense are more likely to be traced to the motor cortex areas and doctors will tend to use this knowledge when diagnosing the condition.

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS. Fear and panic for no particular reason are the most common manifestations of emotional symptoms due to epilepsy.

SENSORY SYMPTOMS. Sensory symptoms for epilepsy often involve the temporary loss of a particular sensory output. Examples include blacking out, deafness, weird smells, spacing out, a tingling feeling, visual impairment, or even out of body experiences. These types of symptoms imply that the sensory centers of the brain are affected by the epilepsy attack and the loss of control leads to the manifestation of these epileptic seizure symptoms.

In many cases, epileptic seizure symptoms appear in combination and are not solely restricted to only one class. Attacks of this nature are more likely because the whole brain is affected by the epileptic episode so various areas are triggering various involuntary responses. These are indicative of general epilepsies which cannot be traced to a particular area of the brain but are distributed throughout and oftentimes originate in various locations before spreading out. These refer to a class of seizures which are categorically referred to as generalized seizures because of the absence of any “smoking gun” identifying the specific area of the brain that is affected.

Remember that all epileptic seizure symptoms play a crucial role when it comes to diagnosing the condition as these can be used to locate specific triggers and potential causes. Moreover, caring for patients, particular those that suffer from multiple physical manifestations, require that the symptoms are understood so the appropriate measures can be taken to prevent further injury. Patients who black out and fall down are likely to suffer from head injuries if not properly cared for in the event of an attack.

It takes very little effort to understand epileptic seizure symptoms so that we may be able to help others in case they encounter an episode. By being familiar with the varied manifestations of epilepsy, we can put ourselves in the best position to assist and talk to medical personnel to relay our observations so these can be used to help treat and care for the patient moving forward.