Seizures

Integrative Physicians

Medical Marijuana Certifying Doctors located in Waldorf, MD

If you’ve ever experienced or witnessed a seizure, you know how scary the situation can be. The knowledgeable staff at Integrative Physicians in Waldorf, Maryland, understand the debilitating effects a seizure can have on your daily life. Seizures is one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

Seizures Q & A

Integrative Physicians

What are seizures?

A seizure starts when electrical activity in your brain goes out of control. Typically, seizures strike suddenly and can happen once or multiple times. There are many types of seizures, but they commonly fall under two categories: generalized seizures or partial seizures.

Generalized seizures affect both sides of your brain. They typically leave you unconscious, either briefly or for longer durations. Partial seizures affect only one area of your brain, but they can spread to cause a generalized seizure.

How are seizures caused?

Many health conditions can lead to seizures, including:

  • Brain infection, injury, or defect
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Epilepsy
  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Bites or stings
  • Electrical shock
  • Drug abuse

It’s important to realize that seizures can run in families. In certain instances, specifically with younger children, the trigger for a seizure might remain unknown.

What are the symptoms associated with seizures?

Sometimes you might experience symptoms of a seizure before it takes place. These symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Change in vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • A sudden feeling of anxiousness or fear
  • A jerky movement of your arms and legs

The symptoms that indicate a seizure is in progress include:

  • Losing consciousness
  • Drooling
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Sudden, rapid eye movements
  • Biting your tongue
  • Clenching your teeth
  • Loss of bowel function or bladder control
  • Making unusual noises, such as grunting

It’s critical to understand that if you’re experiencing seizures and don’t receive treatment, the symptoms can worsen, and future seizures will grow progressively longer. Longer seizures can result in coma or death.

How can seizures be treated?

Medical marijuana is among a number of treatments for seizures. 

Medical marijuana is often used under the guidance of a medical professional to treat seizures, and it has been shown to be safe and effective.