Chapter Five (Spiritual Ailments )
Causes of Physiological (Medical) Epilepsy
The causes of this kind of epilepsy include lack of oxygen for a long period time during birth, problems in delivery, head injuries, brain infection, viral disease during pregnancy, genetic dysfunction, brain tumor, brain hemorrhage, poisoning, accidents, brain stroke, inborn defects, chromosomes imbalance, taking brain activists, and the reason could still be unknown.
Types of Epilepsy Attacks:
Kinds of epilepsy are: simple partial epilepsy; complex partial epilepsy; general complete epilepsy.
Simple Partial Epilepsy: It is often accompanied with 1- motion symptoms, 2- sensuous symptoms, 3- physiological and psychological symptoms.
It is accompanied with 1- wandering and absentmindedness, 2- sudden and quick shaking, 3- a general and big fit; newly born epilepsy— fever spasms.
Motional Simple Epilepsy: the child feels shakiness and convulsions which start in the foot then spreads to the leg, the thigh, the hand, the shoulder, facial muscles, and finally the sides of the mouth and eyes.
Sensual Partial Epilepsy: The fits produce the feeling of the pricking of needles and numbness in the afflicted part of the body.
Compound Partial Epilepsy:
This kind of epilepsy is often associated with unconsciousness, coma, and there are certain pre-warnings signs which could be fear, crying, disturbances, smelling or tasting something bad, hearing sounds, seeing shadows. The victim could make strange movements with his face or mouth or tongue. He could also pull his clothes or rub his hands together. These actions are then followed by a period of abstraction and absentmindedness then swallowing, chewing, screams, or laughter which ends in a few minutes later. After that the child returns to his normal condition and remembers nothing of what had happened.
Physiological Partial Epilepsy:
The victim feels a sudden headache and collapse where his color changes, his pupils widens and he feels nauseas and want to throw up.
These attacks happen suddenly without introductions or warnings where the activity of the child stops as he seems to be staring and does not respond to anything during this condition. These fits could take the form of deep and quick breathing and lasts for a few seconds after which the child returns to his normal condition without any effects.
New Born Epilepsy:
If the fits take place during the first or second week of birth then the reason could be brain viral or bacterial infection or deficiency in calcium or magnesium. The reason could also be the food given or changes in the metabolism. If the attacks happen after the first two weeks of birth, then the reason is birth defection.
It occurs as a result of high fever that happened to the child from the age of 3 months to 5 years. During the attack, the child suffers from a sudden and quick shiver like electricity.
Reasons of Physiological Epilepsy:
Scientists failed to discover the causes of physiological epilepsy except in 20% of the cases. The most important causes include the following:
1- Illness history in the patient’s family.
2- Brain injury during child birth which resulted in brain hemorrhage or lack of oxygen supply to the brain for any reason.
3- High fever due to different infections.
4- Brain tumor or increase in the pressure inside the brain.
5- Brain sclerosis especially among elder people.
6- Taking or stopping certain medications, alcohol, or drugs.
7- Certain dysfunctions such as low levels of sugar, calcium, sodium, urea in the blood or liver damage.
8- Diseases that cause brain atrophy such as Alzheimer.