seizures

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Registered: 09-12-2003
seizures
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Fri, 10-17-2003 - 1:09am
I notice some of you talk of seizures what do you mean by that? my son was just diagnosed with mild asperger's or (HFA) CAN SEIZURES JUST START ALL OF A SUDDEN DOES IT RESEMBLE EPILEPSY?VERY WORRIED .
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: litltam
Fri, 10-17-2003 - 2:29pm
Seizures are a electrical discharge in the brain. Yes it is generally considered epilepsy, however, there are many different kinds. There are simple partial, complex partial, absence seizures and general (can't remember the term) seizures. The "tonic clonic" you are probably thinking of as epilepsy are pretty rare and only 1 kind of seizure. Most have partial seizures and are still respnsive during a seizure. there are lots of great sights with more into.

Seizures in general they say occur in 1/3 of people with autism. However, I hav met very few but my dd that has any sort of seizure. I also think that this 1/3 usually refers to children with classic autism. I worked with autistic students for years, but only 1 I knew had a diagnosis of seizures. If they do show up it is usually during puberty.

My dd's seizures are partials and occur pretty much only in sleep. She has tics we think may be related to her seizures and has had a couple other times when she complains of numbness or pain in an area of her body out of the blue (usually her face) that may be related as well. Otherwise there wre no outward symptoms. We wouldn't have known except that Caits history prompted the doctor to do a 24 hour EEG which showed the epliptic electrical discharges.

She is on watch and at a much greater risk for developing full seizures as she approaches puberty but the chances still are not huge that she will develop troubling seizures.

Because children with autism can be at greater risk to develop seizures it is something to watch for but not be too terribly concerned. If you are concerned ask your doctor for a referral to a neuro if you don't already have one. They will be able to test if they think your son will be at greater risk for seizures.

Renee

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Registered: 09-12-2003
In reply to: litltam
Sat, 10-18-2003 - 12:02am
Thankyou for the info it was very helpful I hope your DD gets better.

Is it always necessary to have a neuro check-up proceeding diagnosis , sorry for all the questions but unfortunately here in canada it seems to be dificult to get all the answers from doctors, everything that I know so far comes from this board and some searching in my local area which most people never heard about asperger's for I always have to go in full explanation most of them understand "RAINMAN".iSN'T THAT SAD.THANK GOD I HAVE A COMPUTER AND ALL OF YOU HERE AT THIS BOARD.

SINCERELY

tammy