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can someone be poisoned and it causes epilepsy?

By Anonymous May 1, 2009 - 2:41pm
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my mother all of a sudden has become an epilepsy patient. no matter how meds. it keeps progressing. now the doctors want to cut a chunk of her brain out. i think her husband did something to her, or maybe i just watch to much forensic files and tru tv.

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Hello Anon

Thank you for your question. While your suggestion might initially seem like you watch too much CSI or Law & Order, it's actually an excellent question and it certainly has merit!

Here is some information from our Epilepsy page for you, regarding the condition:

************Seizures are episodes during which the electrical system within the brain fires abnormally. The term “epilepsy” refers to any disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. During a seizure, you may lose consciousness, stare into space, have convulsions (abnormal jerking of the muscles), or experience abnormalities of sensation or emotion. Because seizures can be an indication of another, underlying medical problem, such as a brain tumor , it is important to seek medical attention if you have even one seizure.

Seizure disorders may be classified by the part of the brain they affect or the kinds of symptoms they cause. The main categories are generalized or partial seizures.

Generalized Seizure Disorder
These are caused by more widespread abnormalities throughout the brain. Generalized seizure disorders include:

Generalized tonic-clonic seizures—These are classic convulsions, in which you lose consciousness and the muscles throughout your body jerk uncontrollably. Seizures that accompany fevers in young children are often of this type. Children generally outgrow the tendency to have seizures with fevers, which runs in families. However, even with a history of seizures with fevers, medical attention should be sought immediately because of the possibility that the seizure may be related to a more serious medical condition, such as encephalitis or meningitis .
Absence seizures—These seizures are characterized by staring, eye blinking, or eye rolling.

Partial Seizure Disorder
Partial seizure disorders are caused by more localized abnormalities within certain areas of the brain. These types of seizures include:

Complex partial or temporal lobe seizures—During this type of seizure, you will briefly lose contact with reality, stop purposeful activity, and begin a series of automatic gestures, such as lip smacking, hand-wringing, picking at clothing, etc. Not everyone develops automatic gestures during these seizures; sometimes it simply appears as a brief moment of confusion or loss of attentiveness. Occasionally this type of seizure is accompanied by the perception of unusual sights, sounds, or smells.
Simple partial seizures—In this type of seizure, you retain contact with reality and consciousness, but a single area of your body moves uncontrollably, such as a leg or arm shaking. You may experience an odd sensation, such as the perception of an odor, sound, or taste, or an emotion unrelated to the environment.

Seizure disorders are potentially serious conditions that require care from your doctor. If you suspect you have a seizure disorder, contact your doctor immediately.************

Some people may be born with epilepsy or it may develop over time. Others can end up with the condition due to the following :

Abnormalities of the brain structure (congenital brain abnormalities)
Birth injuries which deprive the brain of oxygen
Traumatic brain injury (eg, concussion , skull fracture, oxygen deprivation due to near-drowning )
Brain infection (encephalitis, cerebritis, brain abscess)
Brain tumor
Sudden spike in fever in a baby or very young child (febrile seizure)
Medications, such as:
Street drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
Withdrawal from certain medications, street drugs, or alcohol
Drug overdose
Chemical abnormalities (decreased or excess blood sodium or glucose, low blood calcium)
Liver or kidney failure
Severe, untreated high blood pressure
Chronic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus , polyarteritis nodosa , porphyria , sickle cell disease , Whipple’s disease

Why do you think that your mother may be suffering this condition at the hands of her husband? What makes you suspect he may be tampering with her food or drinks? Have you seen him do this, or has your mother mentioned something to you?

Thank you for your concern over your mother! Please give us an update on some of our questions and head over to our Epilepsy page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/seizure-disorder where you can get even more information.

We look forward to hearing more from you!

May 2, 2009 - 4:42am
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