Posts Tagged ‘Electroencephalography’

I haven’t posted anything in a long time. And the reason is very simple – I haven’t had the time. In the beginning of September I visited my brother in Scotland again. This time I really enjoyed the trip and got to see more of Edinburgh. I just relaxed and had a great time there. But when I got back I suddenly had so much to do – my every day job which in recent months has become more intense and has caused more stress, then my Monday videos and also the promotion for In addition I’ve had some personal problems too. And the culmination point of all this stress and work was when I collapsed in our local supermarket on October 28th.

I have to start by saying that I am not an epileptic. I’ve never had an epileptic seizure in my life. This was the first time. I do have migraine headaches but no seizures have ever come up. On the day I collapsed I was in the supermarket (luckily with my mother) and I was looking at something when all of a sudden I felt really weird, unrealistic, I couldn’t decide if I should put the thing back where it belongs or hold it in my hand. Then I felt really sick, I turned around to tell it to my mother and that’s the last thing I remember. The next I remember is me going to have a CT scan of my head. My mother later explained that I had a seizure and she had called an ambulance and I was taken into emergency room. The following week I all sorts of tests were done including EEG and sleep-EEG. My neurologist said that I had had a tonic-clonic epileptic seizure. The seizures are divided into two phases, the tonic phase and the clonic phase, hence the name of the seizure, though a tonic–clonic seizure will often be preceded by an aura. Aura – the person may feel a sense of strong deja vu, lightheadedness and/or dizziness, unusual (and possibly inappropriate) emotions, intense feelings of discomfort or foreboding, altered vision and hearing. Sometimes, the person will lose complete awareness and start making odd or pointless repetitive movements (such as picking at clothes or lip smacking) towards the end of the aura, at which point the seizure has progressed to become a complex partial seizure. Tonic phase – the person will quickly lose consciousness, and the skeletal muscles will suddenly tense, often causing the extremities to be pulled towards the body or rigidly pushed away from it, which will cause the person to fall if standing. The tonic phase is usually the shortest part of the seizure, usually lasting only a few seconds. The person may also express vocalizations like a loud moan or scream during the tonic stage, due to air forcefully expelled from the lungs. Clonic phase – the person’s muscles will start to contract and relax rapidly, causing convulsions. These may range from exaggerated twitches of the limbs to violent shaking or vibrating of the stiffened extremities. The person may roll and stretch as the seizure spreads. The eyes typically roll back or close and the tongue often suffers bruising sustained by strong jaw contractions. Due to physical and nervous exhaustion, postictal sleep invariably follows a tonic–clonic seizure. Confusion and complete amnesia upon regaining consciousness is usually experienced and slowly wears off as the person becomes gradually aware that a seizure occurred. Sometimes people that experience having a tonic-clonic seizure for the first time become sick, such as experiencing lightheaded feelings, vomiting, nervousness and other non-life-threatening symptoms.

The neurologist said that I may not have epilepsy and may not have another seizure again but then again this seizure happened all of a sudden/out of the blue and said that if certain conditions in my life would be the same as on that day then I will probably will get another seizure. So I guess it means that overall I need to take things easier. I need to do things slower, calm down, reduce the stress factors in my life and not to take everything so seriously and start growing a thicker skin.  Otherwise I would get another seizure and could say like the French singer Dalida in her song “Je suis malade” (“I am sick”).