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Seizure recovery time

How long do you take to recover from a seizure? 

I have suffered from epilepsy (grand mal) for 40 years - about 1 seizure a year (lucky me!) But over the last 3 years my wonderful work colleagues have expressed increasing anxiety that I'm coming back to work too early following a seizure. When I was young and sprightly (Ha!), I'd have a 3-minute tonic-clonic seizure, regain full consciousness after half an hour, get taken home, sleep it off, and back to work after 1 day's absence. Again - lucky me.

My work is extremely complex, considerative and quasi-judicial. I work for my government trying to justify to tribunals and criminal courts why a particular decision is justified. The legislation involved is extremely complicated, but although I practice law in a specialised field I am not a qualified lawyer. Without blowing my own trumpet I'm very good at my job - or so I'm told. [I don't like saying so, but I think it may be relevant to the question.]

Two years ago my wife finally convinced me that at least one day off was a must. Nevertheless, my colleagues tell me that "when you have had a fit, for several days after, your sharp brain seems slow in response."

I'd be very grateful to hear the views of fellow sufferers (or those close to them). I know that epilepsy varies from individual to individual, but when do you go back to work? When do you feel fully recovered? Does the recovery period increase with age?

Thanks for reading this.

Iain (aged 53 and a bit - <GRIN>)

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I also feel fairly lucky, although I was just diagnosed at 59.  I initially was off work for 2 weeks, mostly due to the tests, and of course getting used to the idea that I could not drive for a while etc.  I think that if I have another seizure I would at least take 1 day off.  I think just to relax and gather your thoughts.  I was out for about 3 minutes and have no clue where I was for about 30 minutes.  Hope this helps,  Jan H

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peace R.C.

    Hello.

    I,m going to try this ,because i,m in that state of recovery now. following a series of partial szs.?

      I relate to this very well I,m 45 male and have had gmal szs for 15 yrs. It does not matter if you are doing the type of work you describe or in a warehouse or in a maufacturing or even at home trying to do hobbies.

    For over 12 yrs I had a sz."gmal" (long hard) every few weeks or more and spent a day down then jumped up and went back at it to a seious pace of 50hrs plus work and not enough time for hobbies ,remodel, gardening,  woodowk, cooking ,and ,and etc, lol.

    A big part of the overall soreness I just assumed was excersise and stretched and went back to it???   part afraid., a lot just afraid to slow down and part macho stupid ??

   I also was newly sober and just did not want something else slowing me down. I have only realized over the past few yrs that the gmals I have ,had are very long and serious in the fact I pulleda lot muscles broke a few things ,messed my back up and left my mind a blank for much longer than I realized ?

    update over a few yr period I had huge amountsof stress changing my sz pattern and recovery time and in lol out manner but very serious concluded it takes me 8 full days to recover from a gmal physically and mentally and the mental part is always in question. lol.

     I am on full ssdi now for around 6 mos and thiscase was settled in about 60 days or less ?/ did,nt even know I was that bad??and did not even want to apply ? But other peoplewerewatching ,doctors (neuros)a nurse and and a social worker and saw the deep set memory loss and I would turn black n blue and just blow it off ??

     I,m taking a test drug now that I will say has dramitcally decreased the physical side of this where my joints and back muscles are not even close to sore compared to what i,m used to. ??

   my mind id still sloww I feel because I,m having partial szs more often . (right now)

    These meds have the biggest effect on memory and slow recovery after 100,s of hrs of reading and asking ?,s I,m convinced of this.     with age i know the types or lengths of szs change and will increase the time.  I rambled a bit but I do know a text answer is expect longer time with age .lol duh . but also sleep, food, gen health  are a key factor in all this .    Rick

 

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When I started getting seizure in my teens my mother told me I was never quite  "right" for 3 days afterwards. I eventually figured that one out, and as a rule it's usually been 3 days to really come right and be able to think clearly, but a really bad TC can take a week. I have to allow at least 2 days before getting back into action, and for the 1st day I'm housebound and asleep a lot. Though this year following a drug increase my recovery time has definately been shorter because the TCs have been a lot milder. I'm still a write-off for 1 day, but I can usually function after that. I haven't work for a long time but for some reason I could still do my jobs because I couldn't take sick days I somehow made it in. My brain can still do complex things like computer work but I can't do the basics like remembering to eat, drink and wash, or work out money. Completely illogical. So I can function out of necessity but it's easier to just consider it a lost day.

kay

Seizure recovery time

Ive had epilepsy my entire life, 22 currently. When I have a Grand Mal, depending on severity, Ive had it range from getting up immediately, asking what the hell happened, and then sitting for a couple minutes to gather myself and then I'm good, OR, when its a bad and lengthy one, it can take days, up to a week or more before i'm back to my 'normal' self. which is to say, like most of you on the board, tired, depressed, etc.

I can only assume it differs from person to person, and from seizure to seizure.

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peace R.C.

    Hi.................YES i SEE THAT TOO.????

    brnagain.... I knew that was,nt going to look good. 

     A test drug I take has reduced the length of gmal szs, so the physical side is less

    But mentally ??I still drag for around for 7 days. 

    Proof is my  1st post, that I see now as "lacking" lol

    I used to do memory tests following some of these ,duh I remembered that lol

    but they mostly gave me migraines.

     I see now why this case was approved so quickly lol because I was going through these tests and about 10,-30 szs a mos for the 6 mo,s prior to this wow  I had no recovery time long enough to remenber  simple things ,let alone complex memory tests lol. I did not know my ph. no. from day to day .lol.   recovery time ??  WHEN ?   Rick

 

 

 

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Hey everyone , I suffered a tonic clinic this morning following several peti mal seizures just before hand , comming round totally unaware of where I was ( I thought I was in hospital) not at home :/ , I was put to bed , it was a great struggle as every time I fit I seam to pull every muscle in my body and also I'm left with the head ache from hell! 7 hours later my headache had subsided somewhat , and I started to notice the injuries suntanned during my fall ,, a sprained wrist and a whack to my head :( , so recovery time , to me depends on the fit and also any injuries caused too :) I'm guessing I'm on 3-6 days with the exception of my wrist , hope this helps anyone :)

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Hey Rick,

just teasing a bit, but i almost had a seizure trying to read your slang.

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Hey Rick,

just teasing a bit, but i almost had a seizure trying to read your slang.

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I believe it depends on the type of seizure. When I only suffered from grand mals (aka - Tonic-clonic seizures) I was the same as you, only going home for a day and sleeping it off. My work is also very stressful, for I am a network engineer.
Lately, though, that has changed. I have also developed new types of seizures, specifically complex partials, that make me suddenly drop. With these new seizures I have had to undergo a long recovery period and I cannot go back to work right away. It is very frustrating for me because I love to work. However, that is my experience.

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Iain,

I'm 27. I've been having seizures (grand mal) for about 6 years, same as you about 1 maybe 2 a year. The first few I had took me a few days to recover. I've also had others where i've slept for an hour or 2 and been good to go. Even went to the gym and worked out same day once!

My most recent one was real bad though, i was alone and i guess i blasted my head pretty bad cause its been a week and I'm still kinda worn out a bit. The Dr. upped my meds though so maybe i'm just tired from that.

I just wish I knew why i'm getting these, probably just from years of burning the candle at both ends. I guess my real question is what can i do to heal? or is this just my life from here on out?

-kevin

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Iain,

I'm 27. I've been having seizures (grand mal) for about 6 years, same as you about 1 maybe 2 a year. The first few I had took me a few days to recover. I've also had others where i've slept for an hour or 2 and been good to go. Even went to the gym and worked out same day once!

My most recent one was real bad though, i was alone and i guess i blasted my head pretty bad cause its been a week and I'm still kinda worn out a bit. The Dr. upped my meds though so maybe i'm just tired from that.

I just wish I knew why i'm getting these, probably just from years of burning the candle at both ends. I guess my real question is what can i do to heal? or is this just my life from here on out?

-kevin

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Hello- I have had seizures since i was 6- I am now 25. Whenever i had absence seizures (When i was younger) I would just zone out and come right back and get back to work or whatever. But now that they are complex partials they tend to last longer and take more out of me. Even thought they are not as rough as a grand-mal/TC seizure it takes a lot out of me. Most people say my voice changes some and i just don't "seem" myself for as long as an hour after it. Sometimes when i'd have a seizure in school/college i would ask to rest for 15min and try to get back to working or classwork etc. But i would end up just kinda being half "there" and it wouldn't really help me much to stay in classes. I would go back to the dorm and sleep for more than an hour and then continue my day but still would be off a little bit the whole day sometimes. Now that meds are helping it's easier to get back to myself.  I do remember that whenever i would have a seizure at school or i had to leave school cause of it, everyone would ask me the next day and sometime the next two days if i was okay. I would tell them that I am okay and that its only going to effect me that actual day, not the day after- But i guess people hear "seizure" and think you will be all messed up for a few days. Hehe.

I think that it all depends on each of us. Each of us has different kinds of seizures and need or require differenct lengths of time to recover. I think if you notice that your need more time to recover fom a seizure, i'm sure those around you would understand.

Take care of yourself, be safe.

-Crystal 

 

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i am 51, had seizure since i was 3 years old.  lots and lots daily.  different types. grand mal usually 4-5 a month.  recovery time is dependent on many factors.  the one consistant thing is you.  listen to the people at work, listen to family. and then listen to yourself.  we are the worst judge.(don't pardon the pun) of what is happening post ictal.  go back when you are not post ictal and evaluate the work you did after the seizure.  it will give you a better look at reality.  compare it to the norm.  if there is a change in the work then take a couple of days off and recheck,  see if it works better.  hope it helps.  rikk.

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Hi - I see that most of you take about a week to recover...I just had my first tonic clonic seizure in six years about five days ago and still feel out of sorts - so I guess I can take some small comfort in that. I'm feeling very slow mentally, still very very tired, and unusually aggro. For instance, I suddenly have very little patience for my 18 mo old daughter who I am usually delighted with. This makes me very concerned that perhaps I might have hit my head really hard when I fell or something else? No one was here to witness the seizure, so there is no way to know just how long it lasted or what really happened.

Have any of you experienced altered moods and emotional states as well as mental function?

Thanks for sharing - this is so personal.
Tara

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The worst of it usually takes about 4-5 days to get completely over, especially the nausea and the out-of-sorts feeling.  But completely and totally, it usually takes me about a full week.

I had a grand mal last week - I took 2 days off of work.  When I went back to work, I just had to pace myself.  My boss knew better than to push me, as he knows I push myself enough.  This weekend I slept extra, and at this point I am finally feeling almost normal.

--sparker

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I'm confused by this and any advice or thoughts or your experiences would be great.

I had my first seizure (age 52) about 7 weeks ago. I was out for the count for a couple of minutes after a stiffness in my index finger and thumb. I was whisked off to hospital but released and, within an hour or two, had calmed enough to sleep normally and be ok the next day.

 However about a week later I started having trouble in the same wrist and occasionally on the other side too, when lifting things. (Is it normal for a sizure to weaken an affected area perhaps?),

 Then last week on the other side I had a very sudden pain in my big toe. I thought it was cramp but when I looked down to my horror it was inches away from my next toe. i managed eventually to manipulate and massage it over, through considerable pain, so I didn't pass out, but I'm not sure if this was a seizure or not.

Perhaps i 'recovered' too quickly, and should have rested longer, but I'm frightened my problem, whatever is causing it, might be spreading. The Doc though says I have to wait six months to see if I have another seizure, before I can get treatment. It frightens me a bit. he thinks i drank too much at Xmas then withdrew, so that my first drink after several days without, may have triggered it.

Since then i have been drinking alcohol free beer and just a glass of wine or so (and not every night).

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Hi

I haven't had a seizure for many years. My last seizure was about 6 years ago. And that is when, under a doctor's supervised medication withdrawal, I had a whole bunch of seizures and was unconscious for a whole day. My medications were out of the therapeutic range at the time. I managed to recover well enough in about a week after that.  

When I switched from depakene to tegretol about 20 years ago, I had seizures during the transition period. But I recovered within a few hours and sometimes didn't realise I had a seizure. It was my father who told me that I had one. But I was still feeling well enough to go to work.

I believe that some medications can have fewer side-effects and allow one to recover quicker because of that. Also, if a person has endured a several years of frequent seizures, then gone several years without  seizures  they can recover very quickly given their body has been healing for a long time without seizures. It seems, the less frequent the seizures and the more time in between the seizures, the quicker one may recover from any future seizures.