Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy
The main symptom of epilepsy is seizures. They can happen at any time of day and in varying degrees of intensity.
Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures
These types of seizures are dramatic, full-blown convulsions of the arms and legs, with loss of consciousness, sometimes loss of bladder/bowel control, tongue biting, and foaming at the mouth.
These are subtler and may go on for a long time without detection. Signs include staring into space, repetitive blinking and smacking of the lips, and may be accompanied by moments of confusion, slurring of the speech or rhythmical jerking movements.
Common Symptoms of Epilepsy
Some patients exhibit strange behaviors like walking in circles, pedaling legs or aggressive outbursts.
It is common for older children and adults to experience significant memory issues.
Other Possible Signs of Epilepsy
- Brief muscle twitching
- Muscles suddenly becoming limp or rigid
- Falling suddenly
- Unresponsiveness to sound or speech for brief periods of time
- Appearing confused
- Sudden changes in sensations, such as feeling waves of heat or cold, goosebumps, heart racing
For more resources on epilepsy and pediatric epilepsy, visit the following sites:
- Epilepsy Foundation of America
- International League Against Epilepsy
- Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy