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Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures

(PNES) Man battling illness that manifests itself through seizures

For Nathan Koops, the middle of 2016 brought on more than his mind could take. His family fled for their lives during the Fort McMurray wildfire in May, only for Nathan to be called back a few days later to fight The Beast.   “Shortly after that, our daughter was born, which was sudden and traumatic,” Nathan said, explaining that his wife had an unplanned C-section and a very difficult delivery.

Her Seizures Looked Like Epilepsy, But Her Brain Looked Fine

When Sarah Jay had her first seizure, she was in her mid-20s and working a high-stress job at a call center in Springfield, Mo. “I was going to go on break,” she says. “I was heading towards the bathroom and then I fell and passed out.”   An ambulance took Jay to the hospital but doctors there couldn’t find anything wrong. Jay figured it was a one-time thing. Then a week later, she had another seizure. And that kept happening once or twice a week.   “So I was put on short-term disability for my work to try to figure out what was going on,” says Jay, who’s now 29.   The most likely cause for her seizures was abnormal electrical activity in her brain. In other words, epilepsy.   But Jay’s doctors wanted to be sure. In May 2013, they admitted her to a hospital epilepsy cen...

Non-Epileptic Seizures Tied to Less Stress-Reducing Hormone

A new Danish study finds that people who suffer from psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) — a condition characterized by spasms similar to epileptic seizures but which are unexplained and untreatable — have a lower level of the hormone neuropeptide Y (NPY) in their blood.   NPY is a hormone associated with an increased resilience for dealing with stress.

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