The brain controls how the body moves by sending out small electrical signals through the nerves to the muscles.
Seizures are different from person to person. Some people have only slight shaking of a hand and
Shaking of the body, either mild or violent, does not always occur with seizures. Some people who have seizures have symptoms before the seizure (
Not all body shaking is caused by seizures. Many medical conditions can cause a type of body shaking that usually affects the hands and head (
A small number of people will have only one seizure during their lifetime. A single seizure usually lasts less than 3 minutes and is not followed by a second seizure. Any normally healthy person can have a single seizure under certain conditions. For instance, a sharp blow to the head may cause a seizure. Having one seizure does not always mean that a serious health problem exists. But if you have a first-time seizure, you should be checked by your doctor. It is important to rule out a serious illness that may have caused the seizure. Fever seizures (febrile convulsions) are the most common cause of a single seizure, especially in children. For more information, see the topic
Causes of seizures
A seizure can be a symptom of another health problem, such as:
Protect a person during a seizure
No matter what caused the seizure, you can
A person who has had a seizure should not drive, swim, climb ladders, or operate machinery until he or she has seen a doctor about the seizure.
Treatment of a seizure depends on what has caused the seizure.
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