Seizures are extremely scary for both the sufferer as well as anyone else present when they occur. They occur due to unexpected, uncontrolled electrical disturbances within the brain. If you have reoccurring seizures, you likely suffer from epilepsy. Seizures may cause a change in your feelings, movements or behaviors. Doctors usually classify seizures as “focal” or “generalized.”
The variance amongst seizures stems from where and how they begin. Most of them last anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes. If your seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, it’s considered a medical emergency and you should visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Signs of seizures aren’t necessarily consistent, and they can range from mild to extreme. Some symptoms include being temporarily confused, uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms or legs, staring, a loss of consciousness or awareness, or emotional symptoms such as anxiety or déjà vu.
The neurons in your brain send and receive electrical impulses, allowing communication between nerve cells. If this communication pathway is disrupted, it can cause a seizure unexpectedly. Most of the time, people suffer from seizures if they have epilepsy. But seizures can also occur if you don’t suffer from epilepsy.
Some causes of seizures include a high fever, sleep deprivation, low blood sodium, certain medications, head trauma that causes brain bleeding, stroke, a brain tumor, illegal drugs or alcohol abuse.
If you have a seizure, it’s recommended you visit your doctor so he or she can properly evaluate and diagnose what’s happening. Keep in mind that because seizures are isolated incidents, it may be difficult for your doctor to determine the root of the problem. You will go through testing, such as a neurological exam, blood tests, a lumbar puncture, CT scans, an MRI and others.
Medical Marijuana and Seizures
Research suggests that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, may be helpful in controlling seizures. One study suggests children and teenagers who suffer from Dravet syndrome, a rare disorder in which they experience drug-resistant seizures, went from a median of 14.9 convulsive seizures per month to 5.9 convulsive seizures per month.
There is also additional research linking seizures and medical marijuana. In a study of 272 patients, approximately 86 percent had some degree of seizure reduction when using artisanal cannabis.
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