Is this a seizure?

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ARH
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   Posted 3/31/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
For several years now, I have been having what I thought were fainting spells.  The last time, however, was the most intense.  The person who was with me told me it looked like a seizure.  It began with a terrible stomach ache up in my solar plexus (that was a first for me) that lasted at least 10-15 minutes.  Then my ears started to ring and my vision started to tunnel (this is how it usually starts).  These two sensations got stronger and stronger until I lost consiousness.  (The stomach ache lasted until I regained consciousness.)  I came to with the other person in my face asking if I was OK.  This was totally disorienting and I felt worn out for the next several hours.  After reorienting myself, I also felt what I can only describe as a "fizzling" sensation in my head for the rest of the night, and even a little the next day.  I would assume that this is synapses beginning to fire again.
The person with me said that while unconscious my eyes rolled and flickered, and my pupils went from hugely dilated to very constricted.
It seems like a seizure, but some things sound similar to migraine problems.  I will not go see a GP and am waiting to get into a naturopath.  Any thoughts will be appreciated.
Thank you

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 4/1/2008 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there and Welcome to HealingWell!

I am assuming since you use the term "GP" that you are in the UK? (As am I!) It sounds like a strong candidate for a seizure but there are other things it could be and you would be best placed to see your GP first. When you say you are waiting for a neuro, do you mean on the NHS? If so, then (depending on where you live) it can take up to 6 months. Do you have any other conditions that may just have gotten worse?

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ARH
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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Darren,
I'm actually waiting to see a naturopathic doctor, not a neuro. I'm also in Canada, guess some of us say GP here too. I have nothing else that has gotten worse. I am 25 now and these have been happening since high school; I had passed them off as fainting until the person with me the last time said it looked like a seizure.
Anyways, thanks for your help.

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 4/3/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Im sorry I misread your post. I must have read neuro as habit rather than naturopath... must have been tired that morning! lol. I still think it might be worth seeing your GP as well. The episodes sound like seizures to me and its definately something that needs to be checked out.


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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
m8, ive had the flipping chicken syndrome for years, as well as my wife and sis. and what you said is a typical aura. IE vague funny feeling, then tunnel vision(some peeps have body aches, i have myoclonic jerks) then whamo, clonic tonic for me(sounds like what you are having) then you wake up and feel disjointed from reality. defo get checked out with doctor.

ARH
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   Posted 4/20/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I've gone to talk to someone about this who is very knowledgeable and into alternative health. He has told me there are correlations between geomagnetic activity and seizures - strange, yes, but also studied and looks to be valid. If you look it up, there are some very interesting things in regards to this.

ARH
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   Posted 4/20/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
And, scaramoche, the "chicken syndrome"?

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   Posted 4/20/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
ARH, I don't think you will ever hear anyone else refer to the flipping chicken syndrome, so just don't worry about that.  In my opinion, in any informational forum, take what you like and leave the rest behind.
 
I also think you definitely need to be seen by a physician just to be sure what is going on.  Please know we are here to support you and I don't think any of the rest of us have flipping chicken syndrome.  Please don't let that discourage you from coming back to this forum.
 
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   Posted 4/21/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

As Carla has said... this is an imformational site and you take what you need from it. My guess here (and this is a guess) is that flipping chicken syndrome is slang for something (possibly epilepsy).

Darren
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mrs_sleeve
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   Posted 7/20/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Even if you desire to see a naturopath, it will be important to go to a physician to get the proper tests conducted and even an appropriate diagnosis. This way the naturopath will know exactly what kind of condition he or she is working with.

Horsewhisper
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   Posted 7/26/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to all. I have had partial seizures (retrospectively) since grade school, and a BIG seizure 3-1/2 years ago when a large meningioma was found in my noggin while I was at work (I am a trauma RN, so I was in the right place!!). Since my craniotomy, which left me a hemiplegic & driving a desk since then, I am epileptic as well. The symptoms described sound an awful lot like a seizure pathodrome, at least to me. Once again, along with everyone else, I would strongly suggest an EEG to confirm that this IS in fact a seizure disorder, along with an MRI to confirm that there isn't some other pathology that may be causing this beyond a simple seizure disorder.

Regarding the "Flipping Chicken Syndrome". Please don't be too harsh. I had referred to myself as having this disorder in an attempt to find some 'gallows humor' when I was first diagnosed. I couldn't accept that I was afflicted, but have come to terms with the fact that it is no laughing matter. Life is a journey, and we are all on a different part of that trail. As I 'grow up' and accept that I now have to live with what I have, I feel blessed & can share a lot more empathy and knowlege in the care that I give to my patients.

Hugs to all.
David
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