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What is the middle seizure stage?

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This stage is what likely comes to mind when you think of a seizure. During it, intense electrical changes happen in your brain.

Some common signs are:

  • Loss of awareness (blacking out)
  • Feeling confused
  • Memory lapse
  • Trouble hearing
  • Odd smells or tastes
  • Hallucinations
  • Seeing flashing lights
  • Trouble speaking
  • Drooling
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Twitching
  • Repeated movements like lip smacking or chewing
  • Body convulsions
  • Trouble breathing
  • Racing heart

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Stages of a Seizure.”

Epilepsy Foundation: “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Types of Seizures,” “What Is a Seizure?” “How Serious are Seizures?” “Tonic-Clonic Seizures,” “Treatment 101: The Basics,” “When Medicines Do Not Work.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizures.”

Medscape: “Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures Clinical Presentation.”

Epilepsy Action: “Focal Seizures.”

Seizure : “Prodromal symptoms in epileptic patients: Clinical characterization of the pre-ictal phase.”

CDC: “Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 27, 2019

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Stages of a Seizure.”

Epilepsy Foundation: “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Types of Seizures,” “What Is a Seizure?” “How Serious are Seizures?” “Tonic-Clonic Seizures,” “Treatment 101: The Basics,” “When Medicines Do Not Work.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizures.”

Medscape: “Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures Clinical Presentation.”

Epilepsy Action: “Focal Seizures.”

Seizure : “Prodromal symptoms in epileptic patients: Clinical characterization of the pre-ictal phase.”

CDC: “Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 27, 2019

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