Seizures - Type of Partial Seizure

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Partial seizures

Partial seizures are divided into simple, complex and those that evolve into secondary generalized seizures. The difference between simple and complex seizures is that during simple partial seizures, patients retain awareness; during complex partial seizures, they lose awareness.

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Comment from: Julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I was diagnosed with left lobe temporal seizures in 1988 after taking some under the counter herbs at a health food store and after some female surgery that threw my system out of balance. My main problem is that when I get too stressed, don"t eat or sleep well, I have fallen asleep while driving and been in a couple of accidents but never injured due to the fact that I am so relaxed and asleep but wake up to a wrecked car. I"ve been taking Keppra for about 10 years, also a small amount of clonazepam for the anxiety that the Keppra causes, as needed. I am in the process of more testing to see if there is any way of better controlling breakthrough seizures so I am not afraid to drive and be dependent on my family and friends for the rest of my life.

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Comment from: guitarmom2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have sensory simple partial seizures. I smell smoke, feel agitated, and a strong fear. Sometimes I feel stirring or movement in my stomach, but not with all my seizures. It can depend on how far in my brain the seizures progress. I feel tingling in my arm. Before I had medication at current high dose, I had movement (twitching) in my right hand or fingers. I had some strong twitches on the right side of my face as well. These felt like someone was pulling on a string attached to a muscle on my face. The tingling on my left arm seems to travel down a line down my arm and to my outer two fingers of my left hand. It used to continue to my leg as well. This does not happen now that I am on my current dose of medication. I just have the tingling in my hand and face. I stop talking briefly. I am aware of what is around me, though.

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