17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

8. Seizure “hangovers” are the absolute worst.

Seizure “hangovers” are the absolute worst.


Imagine the worst hangover of your life, combined with food poisoning, a migraine, sore muscles, and memory loss. Like Dorothy in Oz, you don’t just have a seizure and automatically return to normal.

“A seizure consists of a wave of abnormal electrical activity spreading through different parts of the brain,” explains Dr. Jacqueline French, a neurologist and the chief scientific officer for the Epilepsy Foundation. “Once the ‘wave’ of electricity goes past, the brain that it affected becomes exhausted, and often is unable to function.” That fog and confusion can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

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