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Is An Aura A Type Of Seizure?

Is An Aura A Type Of Seizure?

I get an aura just before my seizures which is a warning sign for me. The aura is a colorful circle with flashing stars and a black circle with movement in the black circle. The circle rotates clockwise and if I look into the black circle I will go into a seizure but if I try to look over the circle I can just about prevent one. I have had auras without going into a grand mal seizure. If it is a type of seizure, what type would it be?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

yes.... your aura is simple partial seizure activity.... it shows up the same way on the eeg as complex partial seizures do the main difference between simple and complex being awareness... i see black circles with rigs of color round them all the time.... and that is just one of the many ways it manifests... the list goes on and on... mostly what you may experience depends on where the partial activity begins and where it travels to...."Simple Partial Seizures
During a simple partial seizure, formerly known as a focal seizure, the individual remains aware. A simple partial seizure may involve sensory, motor, psychic, or autonomic symptoms. These symptoms result in the person experiencing an unusual sensation, feeling or movement called an aura. The aura may be a distortion in sight, sound, or smell where a person sees, hears, smells things that are not there. It may also be a sudden uncontrollable jerky movement of one area of the body, such as the arm, leg or face. A person may experience a sudden overwhelming emotion, such as joy, sadness, fear or anger. Others may experience stomach upset, dizziness, a shiver, a tingling or burning sensation, pallor or flushing. Occasionally there will be the experience of déjà vu during which a person has the sensation of having experienced something before.

The seizure usually begins suddenly and lasts seconds to minutes. An aura is a simple partial seizure that may occur alone or may progress to a complex partial seizure or a generalized seizure. If the aura indicates the onset of a complex partial seizure or generalized seizure, it can sometimes be used as a warning signal to allow a person to take the necessary precautions to avoid injury." http://www.edmontonepilepsy.org/epilepsy/typess...

posted over 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

If you don't have a doctor yet or insurance you might be able to get help/information from your local Epilepsy Foundation. To find the nearest go to Epilepsy.com and you can check for an office at there website.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

From what I have been told by doctors they are a simple partial seizure. If I were you I would ask for clarification on this.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

dena... i also notice you asking about insurance.. if you are still having difficulty with this talk to your local epilepsy foundation.... they will know who the best doctors are and how to get you together with them... including helping you find the insurance you need... good luck!!!!

posted over 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Lately I’ve been having a lot of auras and then the after effects of a seizure but the aura is a little different than my usual aura and almost feels like it’s rushing through my body then gone. Then I get the after effects. I have several different kinds for f seizures including grand mal so these are just another to add to the list. Does this happen to anyone else?

posted 8 months ago
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