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What happens during an epileptic attack?

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Eduard H. Valdés Valderrama


An epileptic attack is a transitory symptom, associated with what some scientists have described as "electric storms" in our brain. This condition has various stages: prodrome, aura, convulsion, and the postictal phase.

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What happens during a seizure?

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Written by Eduard H. Valdés Valderrama, a student at the School of Medicine of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. 

Imagine that you are doing something routine, like walking back to the dining table after getting a glass of water from the fridge.  Now imagine that a strange feeling overcomes you and you feel as if something bad is about to happen.  Suddenly you feel a strange stomach pain that creeps along with a dizziness that stops you in your tracks. No matter how much you want and try to keep moving and back to your chair, you can’t, and everything goes dark, as if you were falling into deep sleep.

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