Grand mal seizures

By JaredLahti Latest Reply 2009-08-01 15:07:00 -0500
Started 2009-08-01 10:26:45 -0500

It has been a while since I have been on this site. My diabetes has been well under control for the last year. I have not been on medication since January and have controlled my blood sugar with diet and exercise. I have run two triathlons this year and probably will not get to do another one for the forseeable future due to last Friday's events. I had a grand mal seizure at work and it was the scariest thing I have ever dealt with in my entire life. I woke up in an ambulance after the seizure was over with. I spent 2 days in the hospital and spent the last week recovering from the seizure. I have questions for anybody that has been through a grand mal seizure. Is it normal for you to have a persistent headache for a week after the seizure? Do you ever remember the details before and after the seizure? I would appreciate talking to anybody that has been through these before.

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GabbyPA 2009-08-01 13:10:27 -0500 Report

I had a roommate who had them. She would have no memory of the seizure itself but she often was fine within a few hours (relatively) After many doctor visits, and much pushing with the specialists, we concluded that they were stress induced and she would also have asthma attacks the same way. It turned out she was holding in her emotions to the point of "overload" and her body just couldn't cope. Once she learned how to release her pinned up anger and frustrations, she was much improved.

Make sure the people around you are aware that you can have them and help them understand what to do. Her first one freaked me out, I had no idea what to do. Once I learned what to do, it was easier to help her.

mamaoak 2009-08-01 12:47:22 -0500 Report

HI i have not had any but i have a daughter that has had them and yes she gets head achs after. Hers where caused from her skull being cut out beirg but back she had a brain injury to save her life they cut the skull out froze it and put back in after six months. the scar tissue caused her to have epolepsy it is under control now with meds. and she is living a normal live with no seizures for three years. sorry i aam not much help but the head achs will go a way.this was from a skiening acident in Montreal canada.

2009-08-01 12:21:38 -0500 Report

I have never had a grand mal seizure like you have experienced. However, I was diagnosed with having some minor seizures that effected my speech and my ability to think. I was also diagnosed with a brain atrophy. My neurologist did explain to me that one of the symtoms of the seizures was a continuing headache that could not be accouted to any other medical problem, such as cold, flu, etc. I am now on meds for the seizures and they are under control. I am now able to tell whether my headaches are due to a seizure or something else. You might want to talk with your doctor about this. He may want you to see a neurologist. Hope this info helps. With the meds, I am back to my normal self.

JaredLahti 2009-08-01 12:34:07 -0500 Report

I have an appointment with a neurologist later this month. I had epilepsy as a teenager so while this was my first grand mal seizure I have had four myoclonic absence seizures as a teenager. The doctors put me back on depakote while I was in the hospital. That is part of what is weird to me because depakote is known for being a migraine medication. Thank you for the reply.

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