Concussions and Siezures

Concussions and Seizures

  • I have had concussions, and no siezures.

    Votes: 47 90.4%
  • I have had concussions and seizures.

    Votes: 5 9.6%

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I had a severe head concussion, sometime later I had 1 Grand Mal seizure. The head injury leaves scar tissue that effects normal electric pulses, blood flow? I went to Northwestern in Chicago and they told me it was most likely do to the head injury. Take dilantin and phenobarbital and you will be fine. I do not recall anymore concussions, and like 9 years later, got another EEG and was told that I did not have to take the meds anymore. Still been good for 24 years, and with no more head injury's. My oldest son Ryan has had way too many concussions to even count. He has had like 6 or 7 seizures over the years, for varying reasons, and of late more frequent. His Doctor really blows, off the top. Seems energy drinks and caffeine are on the list of no-no's also? But, about a month ago or so, he hit his head pretty nasty in the Quad killer(dune buggy). He did not black out, just hit it hard. When you have a seizure its a good idea to have the med level, and some other relevant levels also. Potassium was low a couple times, meds a couple times low and once too high. Well he finally has a date to go to an Epilepsy clinic in Indianapolis. I was told this is not hereditary, that was questioned a lot of times. So I wondered? Anyone else?
 

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Ive had three concussions, 2 rather minor and one where I was out for a short period, never had a seizure.
 

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Same here. 3 serious concussions, 2 moderate and 1 severe. The 1 severe one was an experience I won't forget. After I came to it was like being a bit buzzed and looking through a tube with a band blacked out in the center. I had to look up to see in front of me for about 15 minutes.

No seizures to date, but I do have some trouble with blacking out if I stand up too quickly.
 
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This is interesting, because I just attended a really good lecture regarding seizures last week as a part of my EMT refresher class. According to the expert, what we "lay-people" think of as a seizure (grand mal) is just one type of seizure. You could be having several seizures throughout the day and night without even knowing it. Some people misdiagnose ADHD in kids who are actually havine seizures throughout the day. There's no real way to identify them, though, except with an electroencephelogram (EEG).

Seizure meds are actually tranquilizers that calm the portions of the brain where the seizures occur (in case I forgot to mention, the definition of a seizure is basically an electrical problem in the brain).

I'm not sure if this helps or not, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
 

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Does this mean I can call it a seizure next time I have a brain fart?
 

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I've had a couple of concussions.. The worst side effect I've noticed is a certain inability to walk down stairs without falling. :yikes:
 
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Like Pred said, there are a LOT of differant types of seizures. Joe, I would go see a neurologist, one that is fluent in English. And some forms are diagnosed as having like a brain fart. Ever had X rays and an EEG? The EEG is the only method, scientifically, that shows if you had, or may be susceptible. The xray will show damaged tissue. Ryan never got diagnosed as having a Grand Mal, some he was coherent minutes later. When I had my injury, I kept repeating questions, appeared drunk, and woke up the next day with severe head and neck pain, and a near total memory loss of that day. Ryan had it that bad twice. The last time I talked with a decent Neurologist(fluent in English) they still do not KNOW a lot about it. A trip to the roller coasters leaves Ryan and myself with nasty headaches, and we do not like strobe lights! And the damaged tissue does not show good, till the swelling goes down.
 
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not sure what to call it? A couple months ago I had a wreck that knocked me out for about ten minutes. then we went riding for about another 45 minutes after the wreck before pulling up to my truck. funny thing is, all I remember is hitting this jump and then pulling up to my truck. guess I was riding ok. lol My buddies had to fill in the rest. kinda freaked me out not remember riding for that long at all.
 
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kaboom1371 said:
not sure what to call it? A couple months ago I had a wreck that knocked me out for about ten minutes. then we went riding for about another 45 minutes after the wreck before pulling up to my truck. funny thing is, all I remember is hitting this jump and then pulling up to my truck. guess I was riding ok. lol My buddies had to fill in the rest. kinda freaked me out not remember riding for that long at all.
You had a concussion, when your swelling goes down, your helmet will not fit. Its garbage, it did its job. Thats the good news! I have heard both sides of the sleeping after a head injury? Kaboom, go tell your story to the er, or your doctor,STAT! What little I have picked up from watching the pros with head injuries, they do not even want them back on a bike, depending on the severity. For a set time after the injury? They do get the really good doctors. imo.
 
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Kaboom, I'd call it "go see a doctor as soon as possible!" You obviously had a severe concussion, and you should be looked at. There could be some cranial bleeding going on.
 
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The head injury damages brain tissue, swelling and bleeding could happen. Swelling goes down, hopefully the blood flow is sufficient and not hemorrhaging. This damaged tissue does not fix itself, but can by pass it. Given proper management and time. AND NO MORE KNOCKS ON tHE HEAD! But its the electric pulses is where I was getting the impression that can lead to seizures? Where is all the Docs? Vacation time of the year? Pred, do you go with the don't sleep after a head injury?
 
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