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Epilepsy is a nervous system disorder that produces sudden intense bursts of electrical activity in the brain This abnormal electrical activity in the brain causes seizures which may briefly upset a persons muscle control movement speech vision or awareness My definition of Epilepsy is pretty much the same however I would not have used the word briefly as it makes it sound so short lived Seizures can last anywhere from a few seconds up to a few minutes To get an accurate time adjustment use this comparison for every second you are in a seizure you are killing many times the brain cells than if you were not Add into this equation that the lack of oxygen to brain while in a seizure also increases the rate of brain cell death Every second now feels like an hour Then figure in that if it is a Grand-mal seizure where every second of convulsion is physically compared to 30 minutes of intense aerobic exercise now you can begin to get somewhat of an idea To get an even better picture let me explain what happens after the seizure Disorientation not knowing where you are when you come out of a seizure Sometimes not knowing who you are or anyone else around are No concept of what day or time it is Physically After having a Grand-mal seizure you are physically drained and tired After getting the strength to get moving again you now have a major migraine headache which lasts for about another day and it gets worse with every eye movement Having one seizure does not an Epileptic make An Epileptic has many reoccurring seizures There are many other ways to have seizure for example head injuries other illnesses may also cause seizures like high fevers These seizures normally will not happen again after the illness or injury has been taken care of and has gone away In the US more than 23
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