Personal experience and scientific evidence – what does it feel like to have a seizure?
What does it feel like to have a seizure? Whilst neurologists will say that a seizure is caused by an over-excitation of neuronal activity in the brain, some people describe their experience as an ‘earthquake, starting slow and growing’.
Now, studies at Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University), have shown that some types of seizure paradoxically begin with a hush: a spike in inhibition. So neurons that dampen neuronal activity could actually be responsible for starting the large-scale over-activation of a seizure. Whilst this activity has been observed in animal models, as one of the senior authors of the study said “The study represents the first time inhibitory neurons were seen firing before seizure onset in humans”
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