Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Mayo Clinic staff
Because epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, seizures can affect any process your brain coordinates. A seizure can produce:
A staring spell
Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
Loss of consciousness or awareness
Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure. In most cases, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time, so the symptoms will be similar from episode to episode.Doctors generally classify seizures as either focal or generalized, based on how the abnormal brain activity begins.
When seizures appear to result from abnormal activity in just one part of the brain, they're called focal or partial seizures. These seizures fall into two categories.
Simple focal seizures. These seizures don't result in loss of consciousness. They may alter emotions or change the way things look, smell, feel, taste or sound. They may also result in involuntary jerking of part of the body, such as an arm or leg, and spontaneous sensory symptoms such as tingling, vertigo and flashing lights.
Complex focal seizures. These seizures alter consciousness or awareness, causing you to lose awareness for a period of time. Complex focal seizures often result in staring and nonpurposeful movements — such as hand rubbing, chewing, swallowing or walking in circles.
Seizures that seem to involve all of the brain are called generalized seizures. Six types of generalized seizures exist.Absence seizures (also called petit mal). These seizures are characterized by staring and subtle body movement, and can cause a brief loss of awareness.Tonic seizures. These seizures cause stiffening of the muscles, generally those in your back, arms and legs and may cause you to fall to the ground.Clonic seizures. These types of seizures are associated with rhythmic, jerking muscle contractions, usually affecting the arms, neck and face.
Myoclonic seizures. These seizures usually appear as sudden brief jerks or twitches of your arms and legs.Atonic seizures. Also known as drop attacks, these seizures cause you to lose normal muscle tone and suddenly collapse or fall down.Tonic-clonic seizures (also called grand mal). The most intense of all types of seizures, these are characterized by a loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and sometimes loss of bladder control or biting your tongue.
LETS GO TO THE BIBLE ABOUT WHAT EPILEPSY REALLY IS.
TO START WITH.THE FATHER OF THIS EPILEPTIC BOY DONE HIS HOMEWORK,HE KNEW IT WAS A DUMB DEMON SPIRIT THAT WAS INSIDE HIS SON.
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
THEN THE FATHER TELLS JESUS THE SYMTOMS.
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
FIRST LETS SEE WHY THE DISCIPLES COULD NOT CAST THIS DEMON OUT.
29 And he said unto them, This kind (OF DEMON SPIRIT-DEAF AND DUMB) can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
JESUS ALSO SCOLDS THE PEOPLE.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
THEN THE SON IS GIVIN TO JESUS.AND IMMEDIATELY THE DEMON KNOWS ITS GOD HES DEALING WITH.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
THEN JESUS ASKS THE FATHER IF HE HAS FAITH IN HIM TO CAST THE SPIRIT OUT.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
JESUS CASTS OUT THE DEAF-DUMP DEMON SPIRIT.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
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