Causes of Seizures Jerking Muscle Spasm Symptoms, Seizure and Seizure Disorder Epilepsy Types

Witnessing someone, or maybe even your dog, have a seizure is a very helplessly frightening episode. Hopefully, this overview will take some of the mystery out of your seizure experience.

A seizure is an indication that some sort of sudden, abnormal electrical activity has occurred in the brain. And depending on what part of the brain is affected, the resulting seizure symptoms differ. Most equate seizures with convulsions, but not all seizures cause this rapid, uncontrollable jerking muscle spasm.

The range of symptoms a seizure may cause include:

  • confusion
  • staring spells
  • inability to speak
  • unresponsiveness
  • loss of awareness
  • twitching or shaking
  • visual hallucinations
  • numbness or tingling
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscles abruptly stiffen
  • utter meaningless sounds
  • loss of bowel, bladder control
  • complete loss of muscle tone
  • can’t understand what you say
  • involuntarily chew or smack lips
  • quick jerks of one or more limbs
  • intensely pleasant or unpleasant taste
  • temporary change in sensation or vision
  • hands, arms, legs moved in strange, purposeless ways

A convulsion, or jerking muscle spasms, occur if large areas on both sides of the brain are affected. Most often seizures stop on their own.

There are two basic types of seizures. Those suffering from seizures that hit repeatedly, for no apparent reason are considered to have a seizure disorder or epilepsy. The other type is referred to as a non epileptic seizure. These rare episodic seizures are usually triggered or provoked by some other disease, disorder or health condition to which your brain is responding.

Some of the myriad of underlying health situations that may cause these singular, provoked seizures are:

If you have the seizure disorder type, then your epilepsy seizures are more inclined to occur with:

If you happen to be around an individual having a seizure, here are a couple of things to be aware of:

  • if possible, turn them on their side
  • allow them to sleep after their episode
  • disorientation or agitation may be an aftermath

And here are some things you should NOT DO during a jerking muscle spasm convulsion seizure:

  • restrain
  • try to stop the convulsions
  • place anything between teeth
  • move them unless in danger or near something hazardous
  • give anything by mouth until the convulsions stop, awake and alert

Ofttimes, a seizure only lasts a couple of minutes without any permanent harm to your health.