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Can laughing excessively cause seizures?

Jan 01, 2008 - 3 comments

It was 5 minutes before the New Year, 2008.
We were watching and waiting for the ball to drop in New York with D Clark.
Tim was drinking for a few hours at 1/hour.
He was sitting at the food table eating drinking and laughing.  
His mouth was absolutely empty.  
He was talking to a small group about D Clark.
He made a crude comment about D Clark and burst into an uncontrollable laughter.
He never displayed any kind of respiratory distress.
He was right in the middle of his laugh when he passed out{head rolled backward, he stopped laughing-quietly, no choking and he turned red.)  Initially I thought that he went into respiratory arrest, maybe he did.  
Maybe it was a seizure.  
He did not stiffen-up or did not loose control of his bowel or bladder.

Tim was awake (awakened) about 1 minute after he passed out.  He did not remember a thing and began to talk and eat normally!  911 was called then cancelled.

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by delly247, Nov 08, 2008
Yhe same thing has happened to my partner twice,  laughing at a comedian on tv. He refuses to acccept it has happened and says he just passes out for a few seconds.  This is not true,  he did the same thing that Tim appears to have done.  He refuses to visit the doctor.  I hope someone replies!

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by pecknmolly, Feb 01, 2012
My husband does this same thing.  Last night he was watching funniest videos and he was laughing very hard, he began to cough, I could tell he was not aware of what was going on.  His hands began to draw closed and his face was somewhat distorted.  I grabbed his hands and began to talk to him. He opened his eyes and asked what happened.  I told him he had had one of those episodes again.  I am sure it was some type of seizure.  I used to think he just lost his breath, but it was diffently a seizure.  This has only happened once or twice a year for the last 10 years or so.  We have told doctors and they just shrug it off. Last night was the most intense one he has had.  Probably won't happen again for a long time.  Just scarry when it is taking place.   If anyone knows anything about such episodes, I would like your feed back.

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by BRIBECK, Dec 27, 2013
Very little is known about laugh induced seizures. The first official  medical case was reported this just this year (2013).
This type of seizure is not to be confused with a gelastic seizure where uncontrolled laughter occurs from a seizure.
This type of seizure is induced BY laughter. In my case it can also be induced by fear. My seizures are subtle and only last 2-3 seconds, but they make me feel insecure since I freeze and lose control. I worry that I may not be able to protect myself or others when in danger. .I am fifty years old now and luckily they have not progressed in duration or intensity. I am pretty certain my first one occurred during my college years in my twenties. I just started researching this today, but there is little known.

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