epilepsy question.?

epilspsy is a condition that affects one out of ever 200 people in the united states. in a healthy person, brain cells produce small bursts of impulses in varying patterns. in a person with epilepsy , large numbers pf brain cells occasionally send rapid bursts of impulses simultaneousely, causing the person to have convulsions.

how would you explain these symptoms?
why do you think the symtoms go away after only a short period of time?

idk what symtoms they're talking about, its really confusing, please help?! THANKS!

Written By Evie Neumann

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  • gangadharan_nair April 9, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Generalized seizures affect all or most of the brain. They include petit mal and grand mal seizures.
    Petit mal seizures:
    * Minimal or no movements (usually, except for "eye blinking") — may appear like a blank stare
    * Brief sudden loss of awareness or conscious activity — may only last seconds
    * Recurs many times
    * Occurs most often during childhood
    * Decreased learning (child often thought to be day-dreaming)
    Tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures:
    * Whole body, violent muscle contractions
    * Rigid and stiff
    * Affects a major part of the body
    * Loss of consciousness
    * Breathing stops temporarily, followed by sighing
    * Incontinence of urine
    * Tongue or cheek biting
    * Confusion following the seizure
    * Weakness following the seizure (Todd's paralysis)
    Partial seizures may be complex or simple. Partial seizures affect only a portion of the brain.
    Symptoms of simple partial (focal) seizures may include:
    * Muscle contractions of a specific body part
    * Abnormal sensations
    * Nausea
    * Sweating
    * Skin flushing
    * Dilated pupils
    Symptoms of partial complex seizures may include:
    * Automatism (automatic performance of complex behaviors without conscious awareness)
    * Abnormal sensations
    * Nausea
    * Sweating
    * Skin flushing
    * Dilated pupils
    * Recalled or inappropriate emotions
    * Changes in personality or alertness
    * May or may not lose consciousness
    * Problems with smell or taste — if the epilepsy is focused in the temporal lobe of the brain
    Please see the web pages for more details on Epilepsy.

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