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Anxiety attacks or seizures - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Good Morning Doctor
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   I am from Bangalore Age 24 yrs Male
User :   I have a small question
Doctor :   Please continue
User :   If any of my sibblings has got seizures... do you think i may get that
User :   is that heriditory
Doctor :   It needs to be the cause which can be hereditary
Doctor :   but not the symptom
User :   i have heard that.... only one in a family will get that even if its heriditory
Doctor :   So I want the diagnosis of your siblings hitory
User :   please correct me if i am wrong
User :   Before that doctor one week back at around 3 AM in the morning
User :   i suddenly got jerks through out the body
User :   till 2 o clock i was studying for some examination
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i got shivering, felt severe cold and my lips dried up, felt thirsty
User :   i contined for 2 minutes and stopped after i was admitted to the hospital
User :   but i have senses throug out the body
User :   i was going to rest room at that time and because of that jerk i suddenly fell down
User :   my leg got a minor fracture
User :   After that immediately i was taken to hospital
Doctors took some blood samples and they said its some panic effect
User :   and not a seizure
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but from that
User :   it happened a week before exaclty
User :   after that daily night i am really scared to sleep alone
User :   please give your inputs
Doctor :   Was your history
Doctor :   comepletely given to th edoctor
Doctor :   and did he examine you
Doctor :   Did you lose consiousness after the episode or during the episode
User :   no i was completely consious about whats happening
User :   i dont have any history of this doctor
User :   till now
Doctor :   Did you explain everything to the doctor what has happened to you that night is what i mean
Doctor :   I dont want the history of the doctor
User :   ya i explained everything to him doctor
Doctor :   What I mean to say is, your explanation of the events to the doctor is most important for him to diagnose wheter it is a seizure of something else
User :   i am sry... i mean to say that i dont have medical history of having this type of attacks
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   So i believe the doctor should be correct in your diagnosis
User :   i explained everything doctor...moreover my friends are with me who directly saw this incident..they also spoke with the doctor
Doctor :   Sometimes latenight sleeps and sleeplessness causes the anxiety attacks and triggers the impusles in the brain
Doctor :   which mimic a seizure
User :   doctor is there a treatment for seizure ??
Doctor :   If you havent lost consciousness
Doctor :   it most probably an anxiety attack
Doctor :   Yes seizure is treatable
User :   ok
Doctor :   and preventable
Doctor :   too
User :   and also doctor i want to make sure that i dont have that problem
Doctor :   So dont be nervous
Doctor :   now
User :   becuase my fathers brother had this problem.... also my sister got this
Doctor :   I should suggest you to have good sleep
Doctor :   and that prevents you from these
Doctor :   You hsould completely take that out from your mind
Doctor :   and take enough rest and sleep for atleast 7 to 8 hrs per day
Doctor :   Epilepsy is heritable but not all the causes of epilepsy is heritable
Doctor :   and even then not every cause whihc is heritable will cause epilepsy in the next generation or the siblings
User :   thanks doctor
User :   but every night when i am about to sleep i will get that incident happened previously with me as a flash
User :   i was completely depressed.....
Doctor :   It would be risk factor for the seizure to occur
User :   but doctor if i go for a proper check up will i get exact information that whether i have this problem or not
Doctor :   So never let it come in your brain
User :   sure doctor
Doctor :   Most commonly the CT and MRI and EEG are the tests that are done
Doctor :   the cause could be found if secondary
Doctor :   Some attacks have no cause and cannot be detected by any investigations
User :   so you mean to say that even if i go through all the tests, doctors may or may not say surely that i have this problem
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   History is the only way of diagnosis
User :   sure
Doctor :   these will assist in finding the cause of it
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Bye
User :   that too doctor today morning my frined woke up early morning.... i went to rest room
User :   one minute doctor
User :   and i felt that i am going to get that
User :   got shivering and my body went on sweat
User :   it was like this for one hr
User :   after that its fine again
Doctor :   Hmm..
Doctor :   THis may not be a premonitory sign for seizure
Doctor :   If you are toop paincky you can get the ccheck up done
User :   sure doctor
Doctor :   with a specialist
Doctor :   Epilepsologist
Doctor :   or Neurologist
User :   sure doctor
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Thanks a lot for your valuble information and guidance
Doctor :   bye
User :   Bye
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