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Alternative Treatments For Benign Rolandic Epilepsy
Sometimes nothing!: Rolandic epilepsy is a form of epilepsy that often afflicts children, but it is considered a "benign" form of epilepsy. Most of the time it begins in children who are between 6 and 8, and it goes away by itself by around age 14. Because of the benign nature, often times no treatment is recommended. If the seizures are causing problem for the child, various seizure medicines can be helpful. ...Read more
Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. " ...Read more
Can you provide me some information on benign Rolandic epilepsy and the side effects for a child taking carbamazepine?
Complex question.: We are limited to a 400 word answer so only basic general info can be given. 15% of kids with epilepsy have this type. It doesn't affect intelligence, usually. See http://www. Epilepsy. Com/learn/types-epilepsy-syndromes/benign-rolandic-epilepsy Carbamazepine is often used to treat epilepsy & is a good choice for many. No med is right for every one. Don't take ANY other med w/ it unless OK'd by MD ...Read more
Common condition: About 1 percent of all children will have symptoms of benign focal seizures. The eeg will show focal polyphasic discharges in the central-temporal region of the brain, and the child is otherwise normal. Events often occur from sleep. Common age is from 5 years to 12 years. Most are outgrown. There are many names but very similar symptoms. ...Read more
How will I know when my daughter's begnin rolandic epilepsy is completely over? 2 years seizure free and normal eeg?
My daughter is 5yrs n she was diagnosed with rolandic epilepsy last week. She's on meds. I notice slight change in her skull shape. Is this normal?
"skull shape": Do not worry about skull asymmetries in your 5 yo., as things change with growth. The Rolandic epilepsy is a childhood variant and may well remit as she grows older. Medications should readily control. Sounds like issues are well managed. ...Read more
In adults, rolandic: Seizure is named partial seizure- it starts from one part of the brain usually the temporal lobe and can spread to the other parts. Take care and god bless u! http://www. M.Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-benign-rolandic-epilepsy? Page=1 http://m.Healthline. Com/symptom/seizures http://www. Epilepsy. Com/learn/types-seizures/simple-partial-seizures. ...Read more
Prognosis good...: ..As most children do outgrow this form of epilepsy typically seen in the preadolescent and adolescent age ranges. Some children will continue seizures later in life (about 2 %). This type of seizure is characterized by nighttime seizures, normal cognition, and typical eeg findings. Treament with antiepileptic meds if frequent but usually not needed. ...Read more
I have epilepsy from the past 3years. I am tired of medications. What is the best treatment for epilepsy?
Epilepsy: I am sorry to hear about your struggle. I understand this must be very difficult to you. The best treatment for your epilepsy will depend on the type of seizure or epilepsy. Difficult to control seizures require multiple medications. In most teaching hospitals, epilepsy centers are now providing surgical cure to some types of seizures. A vagus nerve stimulator could also be used in some cases. ...Read more
Yes: Whereas in the past there were only a few drugs, now there are many that can be customized based on risk factors and even the type of seizures. Older medicines like Depakote and Dilantin are still used, and still work well, but new medications like Keppra (levetiracetam) are becoming the mainstay in treatment for many types of seizures. ...Read more
Can't do it online: You need to see a qualified pediatric neurologist or a neurologist for evaluation and management, if this is not available where you are, then a good pediatrician would direct your child's care, best wishes ...Read more
How long will it take to achieve a therapeutic trough level for epilepsy treatment while taking 500mg bid of lamictal?
Patient doses vary: Your therapeutic level may take several days and depends on several factors including your metabolism, your body weight, gender, as well as other medications you may be taking. This definitely isn't something that can be answered without knowing more information. Your prescribing physician will definitely be able to tell you with more accuracy. ...Read more
Yes, many, but...:
There are many natural treatments that may help epilepsy, but unfortunately there is not much research proving (or disproving) their effectiveness. A high fat/low carb diet may help, as can fish oil, magnesium, taurine, bacopa ; passionflower. The only treatment I know that might cure epilepsy in some cases is homeopathy.See http://bit. Ly/1hzctuo
see comment re: the potential of medical marijuana. ...Read more
Newer medications: Several new medications are appearing on the market. Must say I am not so sure this truly represents a breakthrough or substantial improvement, and the future risk factor projection is yet unclear. Approaches which could be considered include implantation of vagal nerve stimulator device, and even some newer surgical extirpations. ...Read more
I was treated with epilepsy for 5 years and it was gone. Now after 3 years it has reoccurred. Isn't there any permanent treatment for it? Thanks
Treatment for seizures is aimed at control not cure. The only possibility of cure is when there is a very localized focus of seizure activity that can be removed by a neurosurgeon.
Patients who go from 2-4 seizure free years have up to a. 70% chance of discontinuing medication without recurrence. This leaves a 39% chance of recurrence. ...Read more
Medications plus: Most try medications first. Many are well tolerated. There may be brain (drowsy, dizzy, double vision) or GI (nausea) side effects, though many don't experience them. Certain special diets (modified adkins) may be of modest benefit in some. Stimulatiors may reduce seizures. Epilepsy surgery may be curative, and in the right hands does not lead to significant side effects. ...Read more
Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet. ...Read more
Can small photosensitive epilepsy seizures go away without drugs? I mean if I stop triggering them are they ever gonna stop without need of medical treatment?
Unfortunately NO: You are aware of but one trigger, but there are many more potential stimuli. Your meds are not needed when no provocative event is present, but that is rare, and on most days the potential for a seizure is far higher. Your meds are there to keep you stable during the tough times, but hard to predict the future. Follow your doctor's advice. Good luck. ...Read more
Anti-seizure meds a primary mainstay- single drug, or drug combinations. Surgery to remove seizure focus when meds fail. Others: vagus nerve stimulator, special diet, intracranial electrical stimulator.
Avoidance of sleep deprivation, alcohol, recreational drugs, excessive stress. ...Read more
Meds: Typically medications will be used first. There are a handful of medications that would potentially work well. Depending on where the seizures originate from, surgery could also be an option. But an extensive workup is typically done before you get to that point. Other options can potentially include a special type of diet or an implantable device. Discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more
Brain storm: Group of conditions characterized by sudden bursts of abnormal electical activity of the brain. It may produce seizures that result in abnormal perception of taste, smell, vision, numbness, tingling, shaking and loss of consciousness. It may be caused by among others, infection, tumor, genetics, stroke, or trauma. Treatment includes anti-seizure meds, or medical or surgical rx of the cause. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm worried about a friend with epilepsy, he may have been given the wrong treatment. Please read?
Need more info: You see, there is no description of type of epilepsy or how treatment has proceeded. Some meds are best for some specific epilepsy types, but others, may make certain seizure disorders worse. Cannot comment whether different treatment might be advisable. If concerned, get second opinion. ...Read more
My son is suffering from epilepsy. How long does it take to cure. At present he is under treatment of neurologist and taking oral drug oxatol 450 bd?
? Cure?: True epilepsy can be a lifelong problem. Some seizure disorders in childhood will disappear as the nervous system matures and be gone by adulthood. The specific pattern for your sons illness is best determined by the treating physicians. Your questions are good ones & best answered by those who know your son well. ...Read more