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EPILEPSY

Symptoms & Side Effects

Abnormal motor control
     - rhythmic muscle contraction/ relaxation (clonic activity)
     - affecting one side of the body
     - abnormal head movements
     - forced turning of the head
Automtisms - purposeless, complex movement (such as picking at clothes)
     - abnormal mouth behaviours
     - lip smacking
     - chewing / swallowing without cause
     - automatisms usually indicate he seizure is complex
Forced turning of the eyes
Abnormal sensations
     - numbness, tingling, crawling sensation, etc.
     - may occur in only one part of the body or may spread
     - may occur with or without motor symptoms
Hallucinations (visual, hearing, touch, smells, etc.)
Abdominal pain or discomfort
Nausea
Sweating
Flushed face
Dilated pupils
Rapid heart rate/ pulse
 
Other symptoms may include:
     - black out spells - periods of time lost from memory
     - changes in vision
     - sensations of deja vu
     - changes in mood or emotion
 
People with focal seizures can experience any of the symptoms listed above. Those who have simple focal seizures do not lose conciousness, so they will be aware and remember the events that have occurred.  People who experience complex partial seizures can have abnormal conciousness and may or may not remember any or all or the symptoms and/ or events surrounding the seizure. (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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