Community Forum

After effects of a seizure

I recently had a breakthrough seizure on the bus (I'd missed my meds) and I'm just wondering what the after effects are for people. I must've fallen because I have bruises and my muscles are killing me. The biggest issue is that I've not been able to sleep and I'm not sure if that's because I'm back on the meds or just stress over what happened.


What med[s] are you taking?Bruce J

hi,   ever watch a catoon where the character puts its finger in a light socket?  Well, that's us.  Electricity runs through our bodies all the time, it's how nerves communicate.  Yours were shorted out briefly and your muscles may have gotten all sorts of commands.  It's not unusual for your body to move in ways you never thought possible during seizures and yes, when you recover you feel it.The falls bring on their own set of bumps and bruises.  When they began to discuss information about long term affects of concussions on football players, I began to wonder about myself.  With the knots I've woken up with, surely, I've had my share. As to the stress, well that is personal and is not an easy thing.  How people around you react is alot of how well you do.  It is scary as hell for them to see seizures, unlike other emergencies, they feel helpless cause there's no information about what to do vs. the choking charts in every workplace.I do what I can.  I very rarely wear dresses anymore, and those have long skirts.  I answer people's questions the best I can when they see me again.  I am careful for my job's sake what I say.  I appoligize for scarring them but educate them so they won't feel so helpless.  If someone seems honestly sincere on your regular routine, don't hang on them, but let them have a role of emergency caretaker.  Someone that will make sure you are ok during and after seizures and if you know, before.  Sometimes all they do is stay by you to make you feel safe.  Actually at the time you could care less but it helps later.  It helps them and others more.Get rid of the stress as quick as possible.  It is problem number 1 for us.  It will keep you awake when you need sleep.  Find out what it takes, and I quote, "If you have to run down the street naked, screaming at the top of your voice, do it."  A doctor's advice on just how important it is to relieve yourself of stress.

After a recent of szs, my legs ached and were quite sore in places. I am athletic. When I have my gm's, my muscles participate quite fully. Yeah and I feel like I've ridden 100 miles afterward. My legs are actually sensitive to the touch in some places and it takes a few days and some hot tub time to feel 100% again.Yeah stress has always been a trigger. With any major deal, I can plan on gm's that night. So get rid of stress. I bicycle daily and that's been a real help.Cheering for us all. Keep it sz free.

Reading your email made me so sad because just knowing how you feel after a seizure and about the sore muscles really got to me.I have a 13 year old daughter who has seizures on a daily basis.  She has been on so many different medications and none of them have really ever worked.  They work for a while and then she's back to the seizures.  She cannot talk and I just wondered if you could tell me if there's a way that I can tell if she has sore muscles or not.It's so hard for me to try to figure out what she needs and how she feels etc...  She's now on Keppra and Phenobarbital.  Do you have any reccomendations?My prayers are with you. Thank You,Cherri Davis(310) 995-6566  

Have you talking with your doctor about vagal/vagus nerve stimulation? Do you think that will help you daughter? It might help when she is older if she is too young for it?

I just had one last sunday, I feel like I was in a car accident. Happens every time. It's worse for me cause I'm very athletic and well built so when those jolts go through my body I am more sore then the usual person. I layed on the floor before I had the seizure but from the movement I brush burned my elbow and cut open my finger really bad.  My neck and back are killing me. Tylenol or aleve aren't even helping with the pain. I tried to combine tylenol and aleve cause the pain was so bad and I threw up. (Don't do this) I'm still sore days later and I know it will take me a full week to recover. The only thing that helps with the pain is percocets but I ran out of them.



"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" - Rev 21:4

I had a seizure while at the bus stop also. They called the ambulance because I black out for awhile afterwards. I was wearing my medical bracelet so they knew what to do.

Ever been too high for too long?  That's how I feel, still, 3 days after my last gm.  It had been a couple years, & I forgot my meds the day before.  Sucks that I can't skip a single day now.  Ever gotten stoned & noticed the segues between words, between situations, between settings?  It's like being caught in the tense anticipation of a scary movie, right before the monster appears around the corner, like being trapped in that hyper-alert state of anxiety every moment of every day.  The bumps, bruises, & soreness are nothing compared to the horrified, worried look on my beautiful fiancee's face.  Let's show our gratitude for the people around us, tell them & show them that we love them & appreciate them.  Stay strong, my brothers & sisters!  God bless you all!

Jesse A!

Dallas, Texas

After a seziure I am groggy, and tend to sleep the rest of the day... Depending on how bad the seizure was I will have bruises or split lip and a sore body for 2-3 days as well...

I JUST wrecked my truck having a seizure.. This is the first time i've ever had one before though.

After seizures, I have horrible headache and can't eat for a couple of days. A few days after, I sometimes have visual memory problems. It generally takes about a week to become "normal" once again.

Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

24/7 helpline