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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
687 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

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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
daily
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

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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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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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
Join Spec ED Parents Organization
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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

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Are there any early warning signs of epilepsy?

For seizures: Some are at risk for epilepsy- major head trauma, stroke, brain infection, strong family history are risks. Some get warnings of seizure: funny smells, tastes, abnormal feelings in stomach, shaking of an arm or leg. These may be beginnings of seizures. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me how I could cope with my new diagnosis of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: Epilepsy can be a life changing diagnosis. But it's not the end of the world. You can still live a full and happy life. There are so many therapy options: medicines, diets, impantable devices, surgery, etc. your neurologist can tell you which therapy would be the best for you. Don't lose hope. There are also support groups that can help you (online and probably in your area). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose epilepsy?

By EEG: Epilepsy is diagnosed by the description of the seizure by the patient or a witness and an eeg. Seizures can be precipitated by a number of factor including drugs sleep deprivation and very low blood sugar. Excluding these and other possilbe causes is important in diagnosing epilepsy. Depending on you age, imaging of the brain may be indicated. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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Where do you go if you have epilepsy?

Where do you go if you have epilepsy?

Neurologist: It is preferable to see a neurologist, and try to find one that specializes in seizures and epilepsy. Make sure you have a full evaluation so that the diagnosis may be confirmed. If the diagnosis is correct, the neurologist can guide you to determine if the epilepsy needs to be treated, and with what. ...Read more

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Why go for a test in epilepsy? I refuse the meds. Am very careful of the triggers, and don't drive.

It depends : It depends on the test. An eeg would not make a difference in your case. If you have already been diagnosed and had a scan of the brain, then a scan would not be an issue. If you have new onset seizure (s), then a scan is typically done to exclude the small chance of a brain lesion such as a tumor or abnormal blood vessel. ...Read more

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Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Yes: The eeg maybe normal even with clinical seizures. Your neurologist may suggest a prolonged eeg with video monitoring. ...Read more

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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