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Dr. Andrew Reeves
703 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 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
703 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 that your child's evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
If applicable, join a special education organization for parents
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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)

Go to 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 your OCD is not a possible side effect of any 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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Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder (Checklist)

Buy a white light box, and use it daily
Daily
Stick to a strict sleep schedule
Once
Keep a regular schedule
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Keep in touch with your friends and family members
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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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I would like to know why there's no scan to diagnosis abnormalities in Generalized epilepsy?

No structural lesion: There is a lowering of the seizure threshold due to an abnormality of ion channels or receptors. Many seizures that manifest clinically as a generalized tonic clonic seizure have a focal onset that is so brief or subtle that it escapes clinical detection. The EEG may show the real problem. (Onset in a location with rapid spread of abnormal electrical activity to the rest of the brain.). ...Read more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
Daily
Balance work and play
Once
Know your limits
Once
Visit your doctors regularly
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What causes epilepsy?

Brain attacks: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for seizure events. It affects at least 1.5 percent of adults. Causes include genetics, brain injury, drug toxicity, metabolic disorders, cancer, stroke, degenerative diseases, etc. Up to 30 percent have no definite cause. ...Read more

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Does repeated seizure activity always mean epilepsy?

Does repeated seizure activity always mean epilepsy?

It depends: Epilepsy is just the clinical condition of a risk for recurrent seizures. Some cases are clearly due to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, metabolic disorders or other medical causes. The major issue is cause. Is this a primary disorder or secondary to some other cause? More important would be plan of management. These issues need to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a form of treatment, and discuss it with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques that will help you when flashbacks occur
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What drugs are used to treat epilepsy?

Many various: There are many different causes of epilepsy and, therefore, many different medications used to treat it. Probably the most well-known medications are Phenobarbital and dilantin. This is a complex subject and should be discussed with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat or cure epilepsy?

Yes: In some, seizures stop after medical treatment for two years. For those with temporal lobe epilepsy, surgical cures approach 80%. For those with other than temporal lobe epilepsy, cures approach 40-50%. ...Read more

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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

No: 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

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Is it safe for an adult use ketogenic diet for treating epilepsy?

Is it safe for an adult use ketogenic diet for treating epilepsy?

Not useful: Although children with difficult to control epilepsies do respond, most adults do not. Furthermore the diet is rather tough to tolerate in adults, as it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and could cause chemical imbalances and cardiovascular problems. Best to avoid. ...Read more

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What is the most common treatment for epilepsy?

Depends!: The word epilepsy denotes disturbances of consciousness in a variety of ways and due to a large number of causes. The symptoms often are repetitive. If there is no definite cause (idiopathic) it is prevented usually by anticonvulsants. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
545 Doctors shared insights

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 consciousness. " ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
1,065 Doctors shared insights

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


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