I have a definite pattern of seizures. They seem to occur most often in the early morning before I wake up. That completely cuts off the chance of these early morning seizures being related to reactive hypoglycemia.
I wonder if I were single (sleeping alone) I might never know that I had them, and I would be totally ignorant of it aside from feeling "spacey" and slightly moronic at times. This morning, I had a seizure at 5:30am.
My usual routine of gibberish talk, "I need sugar, I'm sorry, I need sugar," Mr. MM says the difference this time was in my sound level. I YELLED in my semi-comatose state, and I was definitely shaky, but not grand-mal shaky. I would love to know why I ask for sugar during these episodes, I have been doing it forever, and it's part of the reason I sought treatment for hypoglycemia, I thought I was having such severe lows that THIS happened. But, who knows?
In fact during one of the hypoglycemia tests at the Joslin Clinic, I had a seizure, the doctor wouldn't let me leave until I had a "neurology consult" or until my husband came and brought me home. I had no idea what really happened until later. While there, I thought it was a low blood sugar, I was pressing the button to indicate the "feeling of a low," and they came over to ask me questions, during that moment, my glucose was normal. I came here and wrote about it, I still did not realize it was a seizure.
The other not-grand-mal seizures happen during the day, while awake and going about my business and I can sometimes tell it's coming on. Sometimes, not at ALL. A couple weeks ago, I had one while we were in line getting lunch, and I had one, no memory whatsoever of the event and I woke up to eating peanut butter out of a tube. Apparently I asked for "sugar," and it was deemed hypoglycemic, treat it.
I'm bringing the Continuous Glucose Monitor System with me to Philly + LA. I was saving the sensors for this, how special! (What a way to start a conversation with New Pre-Op WLS'ers!)
epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, seizures can
affect any process your brain coordinates. A seizure can produce
temporary confusion, complete loss of consciousness, a staring spell,
or uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure. In most cases, a
person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each
time, so the symptoms will be very similar from episode to episode. But
some people have many different types of seizures, with different
symptoms each time.
Doctors classify seizures as either partial or generalized, based on
how the abnormal brain activity begins. When seizures appear to result
from abnormal activity in just one part of the brain, they're called
partial or focal seizures. Seizures that seem to involve all of the
brain are called generalized seizures. In some cases, seizures can
begin in one part of the brain and then spread throughout the rest of
- Simple partial seizures. These
seizures don't result in loss of consciousness. They may alter emotions
or change the way things look, smell, feel, taste or sound.
- Complex partial seizures.
These seizures alter consciousness, causing you to lose awareness for a
period of time. Complex partial seizures often result in staring and
non purposeful movements — such as hand rubbing, lip smacking, arm
positioning, vocalization or swallowing.
- Absence seizures (petit mal). These seizures are characterized by staring, subtle body movement and brief lapses of awareness.
- Myoclonic seizures. These seizures usually appear as sudden jerks of your arms and legs.
- Atonic seizures. Also known as drop attacks, these seizures cause you to suddenly collapse or fall down.
- Tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal).
The most intense of all types of seizures, these are characterized by a
loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and sometimes
tongue biting or loss of bladder control.