There’s a reason that some people call seizures “brainstorms.”
When your brain is functioning normally, millions of tiny electrical charges travel in a pattern from the nerve cells in your brain to the rest of your body. But sometimes, that pattern gets interrupted by intense bursts, or storms, of electrical energy—and that’s when you have a seizure.
People often think of seizures as someone falling to the ground and shaking. And while that’s a common type of seizure, it’s not the only kind. Seizures can cause many different types of symptoms, including:
- Nausea and dizziness
- Out-of-body experiences
- Staring spells
- Excess blinking
- Repeated movements, like playing with buttons or waving
- Muscle jerks
Epilepsy is a condition defined by two or more unprovoked seizures. It’s one of the most common neurological conditions, affected over 65 million people worldwide. But even though it’s common, it’s often misunderstood.
Here are some facts that might surprise you about seizures and epilepsy: