Epilepsy is a disorder that affects the neurological process in the brain. This condition will cause short bursts of energy which results in seizures. When the seizure is affecting the whole brain, it’s called generalized seizures. When this type of seizure is accompanied by epilepsy it was called generalized convulsive epilepsy.
The treatment will usually depend on the cause of your epilepsy. Several medications may be combined together or surgery may be used to treat seizures. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended to help in avoiding triggers.
The seizure will occur when there are short bursts of intense electrical energy in the brain. If only one side of the brain is affected, it’s called partial seizure, but when the whole brain is affected, it is called a generalized seizure. Both types of seizures will affect the whole body. Another term for generalized seizure is generalized tonic-clonic seizure or grand mal seizure.
Signs and Symptoms
Every episode of generalized seizure has a basic pattern. The first thing that will happen is the muscles will become rigid, followed by violent muscle contractions where there are quick and random spasms. At this stage, you will also blackout and will not be aware of what is happening.
The individual suffering from generalized seizure may do the following
- You may bite your cheek or tongue
- May cause lockjaw
- Inability to control the bladder or bowel movement
- Turn blue in the face
There are also tell-tale signs before an episode occurs. Changes in the following may be experienced:
An aura may be experienced before the actual seizure begins. During the aura, the individual may experience hallucination, tingling sensations, or feeling of disorientation. After the seizure, the individual may forget everything about the event. He or she will feel normal again. Sometimes drowsiness, headache, confusion, and a temporary weakness on one side of the body known as Todd’s paralysis may be experienced.
Epilepsy and seizure are possibly caused by the following:
- Structural changes in the brain
- Infection of the brain
- Head trauma
- Brain tumor
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Congenital conditions
If you think you are suffering from Convulsive Epilepsy you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Convulsive Epilepsy as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).