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Not alone: Neurologists may treat some people who also have dissociative disorders, but would not be doing this by themselves unless they also have full training in psychiatry. A typical scenario might be a patient who has both a seizure disorder and dissociative disorder -- needs care from both psychiatry and neurology working together. Such a person will also need psychotherapy. ...Read more
Definition: A neurologist is an expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, requiring the graduation from an accredited medical school, and at least 4 post graduate years of training in diseases of the nervous system. Neurologists have some training in psychiatry, but for psychosis, it is best to have a psychiatrist involved. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is different: Focal epilepsy (localization-related epilepsy) is due to focal brain pathology or part of genetic syndrome or unknown cause. Many types of focal epilepsy involving different parts of the brain.Onset in adolescent or adult. Petit mal (childhood absence epilepsy) happened mostly in school age children with frequent episodes of profound impairment of consciousness or subtle changes. Consult neurology ...Read more
Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?
No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many causes of seizures including, abnormalities of metabolism such as excessively low blood sugar, alcohol poisoning and drug intoxication, low oxygen to the brain during breathing problems, acute trauma to the head and brain, infections. these are not considered epilepsy. Epilepsy is defined as seizures coming directly from the brain without any of the above mentioned causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myoclonic jerks: There is a type of seizure called myoclonic, or myoclonic jerks. These are a feature of myoclonic epilepsy. These feel like a brief episode of shaking. They may occur in the morning time more often than other times. Sleep deprivation may make them more noticeable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: Boston is a great town to keep track of this. This is a very sophisticated question. There are rare cases of "tle" in which an autoimmune encephalitis seems to be causitive. Some cases of autoimmune encephalitis are not monophasic, and can recur, with cumulative neuronal injury. It is possible but yet unknown if alzheimer-type pathology (amyloid plaques) would be accelerated in such cases. ...Read more
Epilepsy: If you didn't get the help you need, then you can try again with the same neurologist or get a second opinion. If the second one says the same thing as the first, then you should stick with whichever one you feel more comfortable with. ...Read more
My friend has epilepsy problem, she consulted many neurologists one of them suggested two tablets-torleva XR 500 and oxetol XR 300.Is it right one?
Could be an issue: Would certainly recommend a neurologist to diagnose, and characterize the seizure type, and qualify the variety of potential triggers. Once a successful medicine has been chosen, and the patient is fully controlled, the family doctor could easily manage medications, and the patient would only have neurology followup if problems with meds or more spells. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Help! I have epilepsy absence 30 a day as it's been recorded on a e.E.G but my new neurologist thinks it's non epileptic should I change neurologist?
I've never had seizures until almost a week after being involved in a car accident at work. My neurologist stated it didn't qualify as epilepsy?
Epilepsy definition: The definition of epilepsy is two or more unprovoked seizures. When an injury causes a seizure, sometimes the tendency for a seizure resolves after the injury heals. A car accident may have caused a head injury, and seizures that follow would not necessarily qualify as epilepsy. So it's a question of the cause. The treatment is normally the same though. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do neurologists tell the difference between benign fasciculations and something more serious like Epilepsy, neuropathy, etc?
Emg/ncs: detailed neuromuscular exam, thorough clinical hx by a neurologist and emg/ncs done by a fellowship trained neurologist is all you need to tell which is being and which is serious ...Read more
I have petit mal epilepsy all over my brain i have asked my neurologist if I could have surgery but he said no but i would like a second opinion pleas?
Found out today that I have "parietal lobe epilepsy"..But my neurologist wasn't really clear on what it means & how to treat it long term--any advice?
I would like to know is kings college hospital a good hospital my gp said it is. my neurologist might let me have epilepsy surgery Ihave mixed feeling?
On keppra (levetiracetam) and tegretol for epilepsy, diagnosed with hypothyroidism, neurologist doesn't suggest stopping tegretol, but i can't function. What to do?
Depends: The tegretol may be controlling your seizures. It would be disappointing to stop it and then have seizures again. It is a great medicine, but yes, can certainly have side effects. I am betting that if it works well for a while, your neurologist may be willing to switch to oxcarbazepine. Follow up with neurologist, let them know your concern. ...Read more
Can a seizure be caused by trauma from a job related car accident, it's not epilepsy as stated by my neurologist. I've never had seizures before.
My neurologist did an MRI thinking my symptoms were from my temperal lobe epilepsy. The MRI showed atrophy of the brain. Now having neuro testing.
Sounds right: The MRI will show if there is a structural cause for your symptoms. However, not all people with epilepsy have something structurally wrong with their brains. Instead, there is an electrical problem. Your doctor will probably perform and eeg to evaluate the electrical signals traveling through your brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a seizure disorder. Is it possible to have different types? I have a neurologist but its hard to get in with him.
28 what make my GP suspect either narcolepsy or a seizure disorder and refer me to a neurologist? Never had seizures unless they happen while asleep??
Plesse repost: Please repost and include the answer your GP give to this question - I assume that since (s)he was the one who make the referral, you ask him/her why - or, if you did not ask your GP - since after all (s)he was the one who make the referral - why not. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/"contra migraines/mild epilipsy". Havent seen neurologist in 10 years-had a bad seizure-effected me for two days. Can they change w/ time?
Yes : Over time they freq become less severe, but your recent experience should prompt you to reestablish a relationship with your neurologist. ...Read more
Possible but unusual: Epilepsy seems best addressed if a surgical procedure deals with a focal temporal lobe lesion. Cortical lesions are much less responsive. Other than excision of affected lesion area, the more diffuse problems are not really curable and only hope is to control with meds or vagal nerve stimulators. ...Read more
Broad: This is a rather broad question. There are many ways to treat epilepsy and it can be quite complex to evaluate and treat the right way. Sometimes cures can be achieved as well if the assessment is individualized and done properly. Would be happy to provide a virtual consult and go over your particular case. ...Read more