Seizures are caused by abnormal patterns of electrical signals in the brain. They are different for each person.
Seizures can affect movement, speech, vision, or awareness. Some people have only slight shaking of a hand and do not pass out. Other people may pass out and have shaking of the whole body. Some people appear to stare into space. They are awake, but they can't respond normally. Later, they may not remember what happened.
You may need tests to identify the type and cause of the seizures.
A seizure may occur only once, or you may have them more than one time. Taking medicines as directed and following up with your doctor may help keep you from having more seizures.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
When should you call for help?
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
- You have another seizure.
- You have new symptoms, such as trouble walking, speaking, or thinking clearly.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You are not acting normally.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
Where can you learn more?
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
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