For me, it was getting scared for no reason. After that, it would either stay a scared feeling or lead to a CP or grand-mal seizure.
Prior to a seizure, I get a really sick feeling in my stomach. My head starts to feel as though I am being sucked backwards through a tunnel. I occasionally smell something weird. Usually my hands get really cold and clammy. I also start to lose feeling in my hands and legs. My seizure may come anywhere from 1 minute to 30 minutes later.
A Menu of Seizure Auras
Vibrating visual field
Distortions in size, shape or distance of objects
Bright lights or blobs
Blind or dark spots in the field of vision
Curtain-like effect over one eye
Blindness in one eye
Hallucinations — hearing voices or sounds that don’t exist
Being unable to understand spoken words
Loud or whispered volume
Changes in heart rate
Saliva collecting in mouth
Limbs jerking involuntarily
Numbness or tingling on one side of face or body
Feeling of being separated from your body
Needing to urinate
Anxiety or fear
Déjà vu or jamais vu, a sense of familiarity or unfamiliarity
I myself, get a disgusting metallic taste in my mouth and I start to salivate like crazy. (Yuck.) :-(
Phylis Feiner Johnson
Years ago, I had what is considered an aura, or precursor before the seizure onset. This gave me a good amount of time to get to a safe place (as much as 15-20 seconds). Starting a number of years ago, I no longer had this. I'll have a sensation of the onset, but it'll hit pretty quick now.
I described my precursor as "an electrical sensation" running through the body. In most cases I'd also have a ringing in one of my ears, sometimes it would be in both. This was a high pitch ringing, low-medium volume.
I take it you let your doc know about the symptoms you had before it hit? They like to know the details as much as possible.
P.S Jessica, sounds VERY similar to how mine once were!
I can only tell when I'm about to have a Simple Partial seizure. My Complex Partial seizures occur without any warning. The scariest part is that unless I've done something to my surroundings or injured myself I need a witness to tell me that/when a CP has occurred. I have even had CPs within hours of my taking my medicine!
I don't remember. I'm just humming along, then I'm coming to on the floor.