Here are some words that you may hear. Understanding these words can help you understand your condition.
A medication taken along with another medication to treat the same problem.
AMPA receptors help receive signals on nerve cells. When they receive too many signals, a seizure can happen.
Antiepileptic drug (AED):
A medication used to treat different types of seizures. Also may be called an anticonvulsant.
A warning you may feel before a seizure. It is a strange feeling or sense that lets you know a seizure is about to happen. This is different for each person.
Complex partial seizure:
A seizure that starts in one part of the brain. Your awareness is affected.
A measure of how a medication helps treat a condition or symptoms.
A group of related disorders defined by having seizures.
Another term that means “partial-onset seizure.”
A seizure that starts in more than one part of your brain. Also called an idiopathic generalized seizure (IGE).
Grand mal seizure:
Another term that means "primary generalized tonic-clonic seizure (PGTC)."
Idiopathic generalized epilepsy:
A type of epilepsy that can cause many different types of seizures, including primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
A nerve cell. The brain has billions of neurons. They send signals to each other.
A seizure that starts in one part of the brain. Also known as focal seizures.
Primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures:
This type of seizure starts in more than one place in the brain at the same time. During the seizure, muscles become stiff and then make jerking movements. Also known as grand mal seizures.
A change in signals in the brain. It affects how you feel, move, act, or think for a brief period of time.
Negative effect from medication or therapy.
Simple partial seizure:
A seizure that starts in one part of the brain. Your awareness is not affected.
A seizure that causes muscles to become stiff and then make jerking movements.
Things that can cause a seizure to happen. Two examples are flashing lights and stress.
When you continue to have seizures despite receiving treatment.