What Happens During a Seizure?
The cells in our brain communicate with one another using electrical impulses. These allow us to use all of our senses, to move, walk, and for our bodies to perform all of the functions that it needs to do.
However, when a person suffers from a seizure, a disturbance caused by irregular electrical impulses occurs in their brain. The disturbance can vary in severity, so the symptoms that people experience can be anywhere from mild to severe.
The effects of seizures also vary depending on which parts of the brain are affected. It can affect only one side of the brain, both sides, or specific lobes or areas of the brain.
Some people can also experience what’s known as an “aura” or warning. This is actually part of the seizure and is a signal that the irregular impulses in the brain will happen.
During this time, the person experiencing the seizure is still aware of what’s going on. This is why they are able to sometimes ask for help or assistance before the seizure happens.
However, it’s also possible for people to suddenly lose consciousness and start having a seizure without any warning. These cases can be more dangerous especially if the person suffers a fall, or is driving and has an accident.
Why Do Seizures Cause Fainting and Shaking?
Fainting and shaking are the two most common symptoms that people associate with seizures.
Shaking happens when the part of the brain responsible for controlling your muscles is affected. As a result, the muscles of the body uncontrollably contract and relax, because the electrical impulses are sending abnormal signals to the muscles. It’s possible for patients to be awake and conscious as this seizure happens. Though, they are unable to control the movements of their body.