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Seizure?

I am 14 years old and have passed out in the shower one time before, but i could still hear things, my vision just got very blurry. This time i was in the shower in the morning and i began to become very dizzy, and normally when this happens i just put my hands on the walls and close my eyes. Once i did this next thing i knew i woke up sitting on my shower floor with my hair tangled on my shower knob, holding my head up. The only reason for me to believe it was a seizure is because i woke up to a loud banging noise, which happened to be my head hitting the wall continuously, but i didnt feel it and couldnt control it. once i stood up i was still very dizzy, confused and scared because i ended up completely turned around and on the ground of my shower. I do have history of low glucose and iron, but this situation was completely different than anything i have experienced before. I have let my parents know but i also want  medical opinion. Please give me as much inout as possible. many thanks.
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Hi,

For the first episode, it could have been a seizure or you could have fainted since showering involves standing in a hot environment for a long period of time.
For the second episode, this sounds more seizure-like due to you striking your head repeatedly and the confusion. There are many times of seizure, and not all of them involve losing consciousness. Did you bite your tongue or wet yourself (I realise this would be hard to tell since you were in the shower)? If so, this is strongly associated with epilepsy. My advice would be to speak to your doctor, get your blood pressure checked and he or she might arrange an EEG (a trace which monitors the electrical activity of the brain) to see if there are any abnormalities.

Hope this helped.
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The word seizure is not very helpful.

The symptoms you have experienced could very well have been due to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

The important thing is to get a general work-up, to include a hematocrit (red blood cells), evaluation for anemia, dehydration, and, of course an hba1c AND a fasting glucose test.

The fact that you mention "low iron" as well as "blood sugar" suggests these may be the precipitating causes.

The sort of experience you have had can be had by those who have been deprived of oxygen at higher altitudes in an aircraft, or those exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide. It does not necessarily mean there is anything wrong with your brain that required medication.

At this point do not be concerned that you may be epileptic, although that is, of course a possibility.



Ask your parents to arrange a good work-up and post back.
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Hi there .You need to investigate these symptoms for as to whether this is a syncope, vasovagal attack , transient ischemic attack, dehydration, anemia, hypoglycemic episodes,  hypothyroidism, hypo or hypertension, heart rhythm abnormalities etc.   The second episode appears to be seizure related since there is an aura and a post ictal phase of confusion and tonic clonic involuntary limb movement including heavy head hitting against the wall. Consult a physician, preferably neurologist for evaluation of symptoms and EEG to rule out epilepsy. cardiovascular evaluation including blood pressure record, rhythm evaluation with holter, blood sugar profile, blood indices and hemoglobin studies, MRI brain, etc. this should help you with the dilemma that you are facing. Take care.


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It could be epilepsy, but the fact that, from the way you mentioned it, the head banging somewhat woke you up does not point toward a seizure because usually when you come out of a seizure, you are confused, extremely tired, and sore.  Also, you wouldn't be able to be woken up from the head banging.  Although, the fact that the shower nob held up your head by hair would be suspicious of something more than fainting...
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Article on water related seizures: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3139359/
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Article on water related seizures: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3139359/
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