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ladydeb96 posted:
Not diagnosed.
When I attempt to go to sleep, my arms and legs go through about 10-15 minutes of convulsive contractions. This also leaves me a bit "foggy" mentally.
Is this seizure activity or something else? I am a 66 yr old female.
hawiian_girl11 responded:

IF you were having a convulsive sz then you couldn't/wouldn't remember what took place or for how long. You would lose consciousness. Anyone having a sz that long would be in what is referred to as Status Epilepticus and needs to be in an ER and fast. It is a medical emergency.

You need to find a neurologist and soon to be dx'd. You need to have an EEG ran among other tests to determine if you have epilepsy.

Anotther mimic can be restless legs syndrome and can cause your legs to do that. I Have a friend whose legs do that at night and takes meds to stop it.

BUT I AM NOT A DOC, I CAN NOT DX ANYONE. I can only give advise and sugesstions.


dancer86442 responded:
Hello ladydeb, Welcome to our Group.

You weren't having a Convulsive seizure as Nancy described. But, there is a seizure type w/ similar symptoms, known as Clonic Seizures, which involve 'rhythmic jerking movements of the legs & arms, sometimes on both sides of the body'.

Please visit Helpful Tips & read about Journal Info. Start one today! Then make an appt w/ a Neuro ASAP. But, b4 you make an appt., ask if the Dr Specializes in Seizure Disorders. Some neurologists Don't. You can visit to see if there is a Dr in your area. List of Drs recommended by others' w/ Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders are located in her Menu. No need to join to read her articles.

BTW: Seizure activity is quite notorious for starting at a Late Age. So, it is a Good Possibility that you may be experiencing seizure activity. Again, your Dr will need to run the appropriate tests to determine this. There IS a new blood test, that can do so. Again, reported by Phylis on Epilepsytalk. Use the Search Toll in her Menu & type in -Blood Test' It will take you to the article.

Hope this Helps. Please keep us updated. Hugs!

Love Candi
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hawiian_girl11 responded:

Even if she had Clonic szs she still would not have recollection of the time and what went on during the sz.

She would still be rendered unconscious.

She would lack the Tonic phase, but the Clonic phase would present itself and would still lose consciousness.

dancer86442 replied to hawiian_girl11's response:
Nancy, I am not going to argue this any further. Please do your Homework! IF this is a 'Simple' seizure it could be in the category of Motor. No impairment/loss of consciousness is involved. As you know clonic seizures are Very Rare. I read several articles & none mentioned loss of consciousness, except 1.

But, ladydeb, I think your best bet rite now is to see your Neuro or another specialist that your Family Dr recommends. Most seizures, even what you described, only last several seconds to several minutes. What you are experiencing could be related to an underlying cause. Blood sugar levels is one example. Lack of Vitamin B-12 was another. But, there are over 2000 other possibilities. Let us know what your Drs find. Lots of Hugs

Love Candi
Prepare Now! November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Find or Create an event to educate Others'.

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