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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Overview)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal injury, and developmental disorders.


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What are the symptoms of epilepsy?

What are the symptoms of epilepsy?

Seizures.: Epilepsy can cause seizures which are involuntary loss of muscle control, loss of attention, or just "blanking out". ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
685 doctors shared insights

Epilepsy (Overview)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal injury, and developmental disorders.


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What are some of the hereditary complications of epilepsy?

What are some of the hereditary complications of epilepsy?

Epilepsy effects: Most epilepsy is sporadic, occurring without obvious risk factors. Certain much more rare kinds of epilepsy are due to hereditary degenerative neurologic disease. There are many. In sporadic epilepsy there aren't any specific complications passed on to offspring--just an increased tendency to have seizures. Each different degenerative disorder is associated with its own pattern of disease signs. ...Read more

Dr. Erin Robertson Dr. Robertson
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Epilepsy (Tip)

One hour at a time, each seizure it's own monster, sleep and start anew. ...See more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
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Wear a medical alert bracelet
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Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
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What tests are used to diagnose epilepsy?

What tests are used to diagnose epilepsy?

Several: The most useful is an examination by a neurologist. Often we doo an EEG, MRI of the brain, and occasionally other tests. ...Read more

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What are epilepsy treatments and side effects?

What are epilepsy treatments and side effects?

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

Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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How does epilepsy affect the brain?

Yes: Epilepsy is sudden massive electrical discharge in the brain. It can manifest as myoclonic jerks, loss of consciousness, and amnesia of the events. There may be warning signs( aura) or none at all. ...Read more

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Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: is by definition recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recurrent provoked seizures are seen on occasion (for example the alcoholic who uses up his SSI monthly stipend who presents to the ER with alcohol withdrawal seizures on the 29th of the month) GTC seizures can occur for many reasons (taking too much Ultram, caffeine, cocaine, hypomagnesemia, hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, withdrawal from Benzodiazepine ...Read more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more