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Can exercise induce seizures?

All the doctors disagree with me because of the research out there but I gave up running last June because I had a seizure while running. I suddenly collapsed, right before I was going to cross a busy street.
The doctors argue that aerobic exercise is especially good for epileptics because it normally relieves stress and depression. I agree with this but I want to be safe when getting back into it again. Once I had a small seizure on a bicycle as well.
What does everyone else think? Have you had similar experiences?

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I don't know if exercise can induce seizures but I am getting well versed in the "drop attacks" of suddenly collapsing.  They are very scary and I too would be a bit anxious about getting out into what could be a dangerous situation, like a busy street or intersection or riding a bike through such.

I know that I'm supposedly not to drive while having seizures that aren't controlled but I'm not certain if it applies to cycling or jogging through traffic.  Yet, I can understand your concern about the possibility of another happening while you are doing it.

I do know that stress, emotional stress, and fatigue/exhaustion can trigger symptoms but... exercise is supposed to relieve those, right?

It could just be that you had a "odd" seizure but hopefully someone here can offer more specific insight.  Just wanted you to know I relate to the "drop attacks" and how disconcerting and scary they are.

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hurray I am not the only one.

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I've had 4 seizures since June 2007.  3 happened after softball games and one after a run outside...all during summer months.  I tend to believe that my seizures are triggered by exercise during the summer.  Although my doctor thinks it's coincidence.

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peace R.C.

  Hi.

 Surprised I have not seen this.

  a lot of the doctors say no .

  I think it is the  "over heating" that leads to this.

  Why not? we know that fever is a major problem for seizure disorders of all kinds.

   I am a very high strung person and spent years having pretty continous gmals weekly 

   In hind sight I know quite a bit (of course) The tired, the weak, under fed,over worked, side of me always had a gmal sz.  kind of duh .

   But I also know for sure the Hot over heated side of me always had a seizure too.

  I looked back at the ambualnce rides I took (over 100) and they increased in summer and were less in winter.

  I never slowed down just was in a cooler place when I was doing it.

  I can also say after more than 10 yrs of doing this my body changed and no doubt became and is weaker and I have "known" triggers now  and at the top of the list is heat  and If  I have a fever I have a seizure ,if I spend a day outside when it is 100 degrees I have many seizures .

  So will the bike ride be a trigger  I have little doubt no matter if it is in july or january as long as I raise my core temp. to that thresh hold level(trigger) I will have massive gmals .

 Some one else saw this and responded to it "before" I was even capable of admitting it. I,m only 46 and by most standards a tough guy but was granted ssdi in less than 90 days 

  I did not even apply for this I was directed there by others  .

  The exercise helps the body but there are limits R.C.

 

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I have to agree.

I had a job as a dancer. Say what you will, i dont care, it paid my bills and it was very fun, but a very stressful environ. i would have sz at work, and after work. once on my way home in my car. its a high stress environment because its high competition and you have to make sales, and act happy and bubbly no matter how miserable you feel inside. i did not consume alchohol because i like to stay sober. anyway, after getting off stage, which was about 12 minutes of dancing,  i went to the private dressing room immediately because i felt an aura comming on and then i was lucky enough to make it to the bathroom, where i fell passed out and cracked my head on the tiles in the bathroom. i just wanted a place to hide, you know. they called the ambulance and it was a very embarassing scene. so much for keeping my secret. well anyway, i researched it and YES in some people who are sensitive to physical exertion and/or anxiety, sz can be provoked. i since take my meds but i know that all the times i had it after work and at work was from the high level of physical activity. i dont dance anymore and after  i got on my meds my life got under control. when i was younger my sz's did not happen in this way, i would be in school at my desk or at home, and get the simple partials with the auras, but as i grew and changed so did my pattern of sz. i would have to say that now the only thing that would make me sz again would be alchohol, or staying up for 2 days in a row, and those are things that im not about to do. 

 

 Do some research and get a second opinion. its a good idea to know what your triggers are. for me,knowing the trigger is the key to staying safe.  maybe a less stressful workout or in smaller portions with rest in between would allow you to get fitness without being over exterted.  thers always a solution.

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I had to sell my much loved tredmill as it was a was inducing seizures in me regularly.  However I could never figure out wether it was the exercize or the lights on the treadmill or mabey the repetative sound, I tried covering all the lights with a towel but was still having them.  Go figure

I also play a full 90 miniuts of soccer a week as a middfeilder ( plenty of running)  and have never had a problem.   

So it still remains a mistery for me  

 

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I know this goes against all intuitive thinking, but I read a study which said that it's NOT the over-heating that causes  seizures, it's the cooling-down period.  Take this for what it's worth, but you might try giving your cool-down a little more time.

Phylis Feiner Johnson www.epilepsytalk.com

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Ive had tonic-clonics for 6 years now, brought on mainly by stress and extreme emotion( watching a fight the guy i was going for won, I jumped up and was very happy next thing I know I'm waking up to my wife and mother in-law picking her glass coffee table out of my face and the sounds of an ambulance en-route) But I have noticed that when I perform any physically demanding work/exercise and Im not in the right state of mind I have a seizure, I have had 3 seizures shoveling snow!

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I have had several seizures after exercise.  In fact, the last four seizures (tonic-clonic) I have had were after exercise.  I am trying to exercise again with a heart rate monitor and I am worried.  This last week, I started exercising again slowly and have already had an increase in seizure activity.  Myoclonic jerks are more severe, and have had to basically lay down all day twice.  I didn't over-exercise and I am not in terrible shape.  There is a correlation.

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I am so glad I came across this discussion. Today I had to call 911 for my husband when we were out running. I came running up to him, we were only 5 min apart, and he was having a seizure on the ground. His seizures only happen when he is running and they have only happened about 5 times in his life, so I do not think he has epilepsy, but we are going to a neurologist this week to find out the cause. Anyone have any ideas why this keeps happening? This the second time in a year since we have been married that is has happened and no one can tell us why.

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Seizure driving laws protect the public from out of control cars. A seizure while biking or walking poses little public danger so it is allowed.

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Though I wonder if biking is that safe! When my children were small we lived in a college town and even then the bikers were crazy fast,I  had to carefully watch my little ones -when looking to buy a bike this summer, and trying it out, the store owner knowing my problem suggested being really careful on bike trails as people go so fast. it may sound laughable to some, but I think you could have a really bad accident if you had to swerve or stop suddenly-even on the nature trails hereI keep my ears tuned for the sound of a bike going fast from around some corner-sorry you Yuppies out there but you know who you are! Just saying everybody be safe out there if the deck is stacked a little against you like it is for me!

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I have not personally had that experience, but I know that exercise can induce seizures in some people. I once saw a video of a man who ran on a treadmill and had a seizure.

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I bike long distance with epilepsy. I have had a couple sezuires while riding my bike. Most time when I do is when I'm at the end of a long run and it takes me a few to get my body back out of overdrive. I might have a small sezuire but I can handle it.

What use to frighten me was grand mal sez's while riding in heavy traffic. However now I have my sezuires under control pretty well.

 I had a sezuire while lifting weights three years ago. That left a mark.......x

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When starting exercises for the first time, I found that I would have a seizure.  Once I was used to the exercise  problem, seizures were gone.  Check w/ your doctor.  I run 5 miles a day. I mentally get a breather. I take less medication and my asthma is under control.  I started on the treadmill 10 mins. a day then added 10 min. till I felt confident to go outside.

 It benefits a lot of things!  It takes time.  It took me 2 years and I had to be patient.  I had a friend do it w/ me at least once a week, and I did it by myself with a music in my ears, while walking.  It's a great stimulate while walking!  I find people a lot times that will walk w/ you.  I have met a lot of friends to walk w/. .

If I am tired and overexert,  stressed, changing medication, haven't had enough sleep or my seizures are increasing because I'm not feeling well, I will have a seizures while I'm exercising.  I would lay low that day.

I have lost weight w/  exercise and eating plently of fruits and vegetables.  I have been on all seizure meds. 

Mentally and physically I do a lot better when I am walking or speed walking or even running. 

I had a seizure on a bicycle in Los Angeles. My husband will not let me ride one. 

I run faster than my husband.  I want him to do more running so he can get his  BP down naturally.  I need to eat more carbohydrates to go on the Marathons.  I feel like I am going to collapse.  I love running!  I just started and I am in my 50's!  East Coast has great places to run!

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I failed Gym in high school because every time i take the president test or try to do mile run all them test we have to take I have seizures. They wouldn't pass me or let me out yet they knew I had epilepsy. I can do certian things like weight machines and tread machines but to much can hurt me it seems the very active things. Sometime wonder if we over do things. I think good thing for ones like us is like the ball I was looking into that. It isnt to harsh or hard or maybe yoga.

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Exercise is goo,d I think too much can be bad though. I would be fine with running or biking, but once I was super tired, and my body was stressed, that's when I would have a seizure. Maybe you just need to know your limit??

All the best, Christine

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lI don`t even know if i have epilepsy-was told dystonia may be what I have-I have been to a lot of docs and no answer-however, I can tell you that I always did a lot of fun things before I got like this, swimming, walking, riding my bike, and i find that only sometimes does it lead to whatever I have-for convenience let`s call it a siezure-my problems usually but not always happen after stress of any kind including exercise-sometimes I cannot ride a bike for a long while ,other times it is fine. It is getting worse and the twisting of my neck and the loss of cognition have convinced me to give up swimming. Apparently with a mess of this kind no one can ever say this or that never happens! If it is happening to you then it is-that`s all! I have things at night especially, it is crazy and hard to explain and identify-but I always try to push it a little and do as much as I can-but why do something that is potentially dangerous to you or others, walking is great exercise and when I feel too unsteady to do that I like to use my elliptical machine, because  holding on to something I feel confident there will be no falls. Just don`t give up entirely-there is always someting you can do, and being outdoors and getting fresh air and sun does so much good for the mind as well as the body. I am almost 58 by the way.

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My seizures are infrequent so my data is inconclusive but it seems that I am seizure free when I get aerobic exercise at least every other day. I wonder: Can exercise reduce seizures?

Aside: I played soccer until my doctor advised that head-ball sports might cause seizures.

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I do not agree with that. I am a frequent practiser for the marathon practise and run regularly upto 10KM daily.
Also i do gym. Theres no harm in exercising, but it has to be done with care. Eg: my trainer advices a good amount of warm up before u start, and if ur doing a heavy long distance run or workout.Yeah but if u overdo it against ur body, ull face consequences.

Make sure to do relaxation exerises for ur mind and body like YOGA. Yoga helps in keeping ur mind calm and being aggresive. I have been doing this for quite some time and my seizure gap has increased from say being once a month to say around once in six months or even once in a year

Also it is important that u keep a personal trainer, if u wish he will guide( tell ur health reasons and problems and u luv to exercise etc. ). Hell guide u accordingly.

Last important thing whenever u feel uncomfortable stop and rest and then continue. But dont go against ur body.Listen to ur body, when it feels weak, relax or sleep for sumtime. In epilepsy if u go against ur body or force ull face the consequences.

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I suffered a major tonic-clonic in April 2007, my only such seizure to date, while working out on an elliptical trainer at the gym.  I know that in the past I've also had my more typical absence seizures while on treadmills and even while running.  My neurologist has told me that the type of deep breathing associated with intense aerobic exercise can absolutely be a seizure trigger; but that's not to say that it will always act as one, for me or anyone else.  So what is one to do?  I had a difficult decision to make the month after the tonic-clonic as I ride the NYC 5 Boros Bike Ride every year, a 45-miler that I did not want to miss.  He advised against it; I chose to forge ahead.  I just took extra breaks and rode more slowly than usual; I must admit to having scary visions of collapsing on the up-slope of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and causing a chain reaction pile-up behind me. 

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hi deepak.......its amazing and good to hear that epilepsy can be reduced to this extent..............

actually deepak i hope u wud asssist me coz i used to get 4 seizures and sometimes 5 seizures during night wen i fell asleep.......i had been suffering wid epilepsy since  Childhood.....................it has reduced a lot...but i wud like to achieve wat u had.................

Actually Health-wise i m gud...i had been gymming for 5 yrs..m 26 currently and i am getting SEIZURES frequently at night :(

 So can u pls tell me how to proceed and wat kinda steps to be taken to get in good health as u are ??

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Hi,

From what I know whether hyperventilation (breathing fast- as when you exercise) can cause seizures. This is easy to check on an EEG. Every time I have an EEG, they make me breathe fast for a couple of minutes and check its effect on the results. Some people can be sensitive to hyperventilation and other not. SO speak to your doc.

On the other hand- and this is only my personal conclusion-  I am sensitive to hyperventilation but I have never had a seizure because of exercising (or I don't think so). And I agree that it makes me feel better, mostly because of the stress relief. I always think of seizures like a kind of accumulation of "electricity" in my brain and exercising seems to work well to undo this effect. But this is only my personal belief...

Ola

www.coachingyounow.com

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 When I had my first gm seizure at 54, it was right after a step aerobics class. I didn't even realize it at the time but for the six months before it happened I was having more and more difficulty following the instructors dance routine, and I thought it was because of her, not me.  Till my daughter was visiting me and went with me to one and thought I was crazy! (well?)

So obviously I have not been back to step.  But have been walking for the last year or so.  I don't make my goal for more than 3 weeks at a time, but I do have a goal of 10,000 steps every day and its a good incentive. Whenever possible I walk outside but where I live, that's only possible about 3 months of the year.  I do use a treadmill the rest of the time. Since the new medication Vimpat--and the balance issue-I do have to hold on to something and when I walk outside folks think I've had too much to drink but oh well.

I agree it does relieve stress some I think, at least it helps maintain the weight--when most meds side effects is weight gain- I don't run--I just walk-sometimes faster than others--just important to move. 

Because of the balance issue, I haven't tried a bike. But I know I need to be moving to get myself tired enough to sleep--and that's the real challenge.

 

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Why are you off balance?  I overexercised and ruined some nerves.  I wear a insert that goes up to the kneeand wraps around.  Helps a lot. I have cut back on exercise tremendously for fear of a seizure.

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I'm an avide tennis player and play in extreme weather conditions hot/cold.  Although I have not experienced a gran mal seizure on the court I have experienced simple absence seizures.  It is my belief that balance of electrolites, sugar, potassium etc. play a huge! role particularly during high heat.  Sport drinks should be considered in moderation and only during extreme heat.  Too much electrolite will keep me from sleeping if I drink it later than say 5 p.m.  At times during stressful/competitive tennis matches, I sometimes feel muscle weakness and irritability but can resolve that rather quickly by taking a few swallows of a sugary soda.  I think a great deal has to do with "balance" of the three ingredients mentioned above.  The key is to always be prepared for whatever feeling you are going to have...weakness and fatigure (sugar levels, electrolites), confusion (sugar levels, electrolites), muscle cramping (sugar levels, electrolites, potassium).  DO NOT gulp a sport drink because you have extreme thirst. It will raise your levels too quickly.  Two or three good swallows of sport drink followed by water is best.  Everything in moderation!  I also don't think many epileptics understand the consiquences of too much caffeine, electrolite (sport drinks), power drinks (instant energy), etc.  All of these will interfer with your sleep pattern and ability to control brain activity.  This wasn't something my doctors told me about...it's something I literally discovered on my own through trial and error about 5 years ago before any studies were released about the affects.  Also, sport drinks ARE NOT formulated for children.  If your child plays sports and consumes sport drinks during activities you should dilute them with water.  I know....the bottle doesn't say that?!  Children do not need to consume sport drinks on a casual basis. Only during sweating and fatigue situations, or illnesses which may cause dehydration.  College students are at high risk for seizures with all of the instant energy formulas out there coupled with all night studying and partying.  It's a formula for disaster.  Pay attention to what your body is telling you and you'll be in better health for doing so.

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I have had partials more than a few times exercising.
I work out at home and I don't go crazy.
I try to take it slow and not push myself too hard.
And I usually keep them to about 30 minutes.

I never had a grand mal seizure while working out but I've come damn close a few times.
I could feel them building but I would lay on the floor for a while and it would pass.
Though I did have one once about a half hour after I finished.

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My neurologist has warned me about exercising too hard or too much.  He told me not to live on a couch, but don't overdo....I do a lot of walking and do fine with it  However, after a major snow storm I helped my husband shovel snow for 2 hours and ended up having a seizure.  Everybody is different, so finding that "perfect" amount and type of exercise is somewhat trial and error.  Good luck. 

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I'm so glad I found this forum.  My 18 year old son has had E since he was 14.  He initially had three GM seizures within 6 months while playing video games.  He then went on meds and was seizure free for a few years until July.  Since then, he has been having CPS about once a month.  He has played competitive soccer all his life and just in the last few months has been having seizures in the first 15 minutes of a game.  He now warms up before hand and that seems to be working.  however, after having just got back from spending A week at an epilepsy clinic we found out his seizures are caused by having focal cortical dysplasia.

Additionally, they did an echocardiogram and had him wear a cardiac halter monitor for 24 hours.  Everything came back fine with his heart, but they are concerned about the exercise causing him seizures.  They said about three out of a thousand people can have a serious complication.

 Has anyone heard of this before?  Would appreciate any feedback.

 

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I am also glad bout this topic. So many things happen that confuse me for trying to find what triggers my E. I'm thinking that you can gradually work up to actual exercise. i have to believe that. if i work out too hard to exhaustion, I'm hands down, going to seize. there are alot of things that I go through that I'm ashshamed of but Idon't know if it's just my being busy or if it is my epilepsy. Or maybe its a common trait of men in general that just in my case are magnified by the epilepsy. i don't know. and it's just so frustrating. ppl tell me it's all in my head. and I should be better. I and I'm milking my E. so I don't say anything about it when It does happen I just play it off and find some excuse.

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I was looking up some information about symptoms and came across this thread of posts-

This response is for the entire thread....

I've had seizures for nearly 25 yrs, since I was young.  I am fortunate that they have been controlled for the last 10 yrs by zonisamide (both petitmal and grandmal); although I still feel like I have seizure activity and there is evidence of activity on multiple EEGs.   

Never feel bad about "blaming" something on your seizures...but also, don't let them hold you back or make you too afraid to live a normal life.  I know that the severity of everyone's epilepsy varies, so this is easier said than done.  Just don't let a diagnosis dicatate how you will act each day....instead use it to your advantage....like, you know you need some help or may need to make some adjustments while you are getting from point A to point B, that is all.

As for exercise....for many, I wonder if this may be more of a concidence and depend on the way that you exercise, as to whether or not you seize.  Think about it.  If hyperventilating/deep breathing/lack of oxygen is known to increase seizure activity, then many of us (especially those of us who are not super amazing athletes) will probably tend to see an increase during activities where we are moving more, breathing more, using more energy.   I am a big fan of experimentation.  Take time to get to know your body, your environment, how you feel before/after your seizures (whether "big" or "small").  As you perform any type of everyday activity like exercising, as you are more in tune with your body, the way you are breathing, how much sleep you are getting, are you hydrated, do you feel alert or spaced out.....I think that it is possible to gain some control over your situtation and at least an ounce of prevention is achieved!

I can't believe that sitting on the couch, becoming inactive or letting your body and muscles wear down can be more healthy for your neurons!  I don't know the exact answer, but it just seems that healthy living and exercise, done in the right way/right doses (you decide) should ultimately help your body and brain to stay healthy longer????  Just something to think about! 

 

 

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Great discussion. I believe that hard exercise does cause seizures - absence seizures in my case. I've had two very strong ones in the past year that I believe were caused by extreme exertion.

The first was when I carried an air conditioner from our garage to a second floor bedroom. The second was at the end of my first short jog in two years. For some reason I have to push myself as much as possible when jogging, and my bet is that if I hadn't pushed so hard, nothing would have happened.

It could be the heavy breathing or it could be the physical strain somehow affecting the brain, but whatever it is, this discussion at least confirms that it is a common phenomena.

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Yes it does I had a couple at the YMCA just with a light work out-----tried it again the next day---- same results--- tell the doctors to step in our bodies for one day so they can understand what we go through!!!  They think they know but they dont---

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i might have replied tothis a year or two ago. now i am more certain than ever that exercise does induce them in me.i understand the reluctance to advise against exercise. but i am sure it does-no not every single time, but sometimes even if lifting something, mowing the lawn, anything. just happened yesterday. i was not even carrying anything that heavy, and i was not breathing hard. i am tired of being told what is impossible to happen. How can they say this when E is such a complicated thing and by no means anywhere near completely understood. i think one can get exercise doing little things ,nothing where one might fall. my Mom was always in great shape and never exercised-just used her body well doing ordinary tasks.

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I hand balm containers, usually two a day--sometimes three+. Average weight is 30,000 lb. each. I've been doing this job full-time for years and never had a seizure at work.

Oh yeah, I work a ton of overtime. Yesterday was an overtime shift.

I also walk everywhere. Last night I walked home from the store with at least  40 lb. of groceries in what I call my "little old lady" cart. My dog gets walked too.

I  have a home gym. Because of my job, I primarily focus on keeping my abdominal muscles strong;I  need a good back.

I don't believe that  exercise induces seizures.

 

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YES! I always heard that exercise was good for epileptics but like you, I got seizures during my walks on the eliptical. I felt so relieved when I learned that others experienced this and not only me. I've since given up exercise and do not get my seizures as often. My mother also took a picture of me laying down by the elliptical as a result of me having a complex partial sz
Hope you feel relieved that you aren't the only one.
Dagmar

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Yes,my first seizure was soon after I started lifting weights to become a stronger Moto-X racer my muscles still haven't gone away.But,I've had uncontrollable epilepsy for 36 years.On 6/13/10 I rode a bicycle for the second & last time of that year.I rode past a place where I swam and it still looked as it did in '60s.I thought,"I've got to see that again".I became unconscious until in an ER and a cut from the temporal down down to where upper & lower lips meet was being sutured.I still know nothing of the seizure,pain or anything else;my last memory was,"I've got to see it that again".Maybe it was allot of instant stress from that thought while I was already biking. Timothy Baldwin

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I don't think exersize causes seizures. It's just that at some point you will have a seizure no matter what you are doing. I rode my bike for miles to school all the time. I happened ONE time to have a seizure then. I once had a seizure while getting out of the shower. Does that mean hot water or maybe not wearing clothes, lead to seizures?

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Exactly, lor.  I also think people are using faulty logic here.

I had a seizure one time when I fell asleep on the Skytrain. Considering I rode the train 2 times per day, 5 days a week, for 4 years, and usually fell asleep on it, having a seizure while on the train wasn't a total shock. 

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Wow, great question. I have wondered too. My 10 year old son plays many sports and I have been conerned about the same thing in this thead.

During his eeg, the rapid breathing did cause him to spike many times. I never would have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes on the screen. This test was the proof that we had a child with epilepsy, and the more I thought about it...exersize may cause a seizure but he still needs to be a kid. Now that we know his cues and time frame for possible seizures, I feel better. Does that mean I'm not worried about football walk-throughs this summer? Of course, but what can you do...not encourage an active lifestyle? No way. I'm hoping he sees epilepsy is just part of his life now, and to still enjoy life.

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I've haven't had one while exercising, mine are usually brought on by lack of sleep and stress.  How much are you exercising? 

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Friends, I think IT DEPENDS ON YOU!
I stayed in a hospital for 7 days after I was diagnosed with a cyst on my brain and had a grand Mal. On 8th day I couldn't help but did some heavy weight training (as i used to do earlier), nothing happened. And remember, I was having a degenerating cyst on my brain. I've been doing light and heavy exercise ever since, and never had a seizure.
Everyone has a different body, but it's us who decide to push it beyond limits. never do that.
My Yoga has definitely helped me a lot. Especially the Pranayam (breathing exercise) part. I never try to overdo any exercise. I always stop when I see the things get out of control.

Now, what I suggest is that When you are doing exercise and feel as if you are about to have a seizure, just stop. Do some light work. Continue some other time when you're feeling good. Sleep a lot.

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I've had seizures when I've exercised, but I would always lift light weights too. My Epileptologist told me one day that lifting weights goes straight to the brain. So I just do aerobic exercises now and I don't have a seizure anymore after I work out.

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     Im Margie,

     I have learned to exercise moderately.  I do not exercise too much up until I get too tired.  To live a life  of moderation is my secret in life.  I have learned  to know my upcoming auras when I know Im too tired exercising.  I have done balley for 17 years and it has done me very well in recognizing auras because it has helped me to cleanse my body from all toxins ... travelling through my body.

     More so, allow to comment to you exercise.   It might be too harsh for your physical system... 

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     Im Margie,

     I have learned to exercise moderately.  I do not exercise too much up until I get too tired.  To live a life  of moderation is my secret in life.  I have learned  to know my upcoming auras when I know Im too tired exercising.  I have done balley for 17 years and it has done me very well in recognizing auras because it has helped me to cleanse my body from all toxins ... travelling through my body.

     More so, allow to comment to you exercise.   It might be too harsh for your physical system... 

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Hi luv_ni,  Every brain is different.  I wish it was that easy for me.  I have my partner/caregiver with me when I go to the gym, and any aerobics need to be at the end of my workout.  Both weights and aerobics cause seizures for me, but aerobics produce them faster.

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Like most things, I believe it is a very individual thing. I have had epilepsy for 27 years (since I was 15 due to ecephalitis) and I have had various reactions to physical activity throughout that time. These days it seems to be more of a mental/emotional thing rather than physical that triggers my episodes. I perform in a music group, which can be pretty physically exhausting, I walk a lot, when the weather is appropriate I throw frisbee with friends, and I continue to work on lowering the stress in my life. I think that is the key--lowering the stress in one's life. But, every person is different. Google famous people with epilepsy. That can be inspiring. Did you know Prince has epilepsy?

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cactus,

doctors say that is how they think i may have gotten mine too (encephalitis). Do you suffer from any memory issues? how are your aura issues? how often? just curious? i lost many years of memory, and continue too lose short term with each aura episode.

thx, 

curt

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I have had epilepsy for over 25 years & believe me I can relate to what you are saying. I do have memory problems, with short term memory & it seems to of gotten worse since my last seizure. I do not have auras, others say I become very irritable, my eyes become glazed over & I act very confused & then I fall to the floor. I know it gets frustrating @ times & if we allow it, we isolate ourselves & it is difficult to over come. My short term memory happens a few times a day & it scares me @ times. I am especially embarrassed @ work & my boss or a coworker or people come in to see my boss & I can't remember that person had an appointment with him. My son & other family members have noticed also. We just have to hang in there & hope & pray it gets better. My doctor tells me everytime I see him, that I need to play mind games, that they have books on it to help you overcome some of these problems. But I hope that this will help you see that I and others can relate to you. GOD BLESS!

Re: Can exercise induce seizures?

Hi All,

I've had epilepsy for well over 20 years and my doctor claims it to be controlled through Carbomaizapine.When I excercise I've had seizures and for some reason the baseline numbers slip giving a reading that should actually be higher. This is disturbing and my husband strongly believes the seizures actually do cause my level to drop significantly. My doctor then turns around and tells me I'm non-compliant.

Excercizing is a significant means of avoiding depression and staying focussed for me, I would rather take a stronger dose than give it up. Any thoughts or similar experiences?

 

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