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Tyrosine And Epilepsy
Precursor for neuro: Tyrosine is an Amino Acid precursor of two neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and dopamine. Some patients take it to increase their energy, alertness, and improve their mood. However, it can raise blood pressure. It is found in dairy, soy, meats, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and grains. I believe it is highest in seaweed and soy protein. ...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
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
Epilepsy: Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half of those with the condition. In about half the people with epilepsy, the condition may be traced to various factors, such as, genetic influence, head trauma, brain conditions, infectious disease, prenatal injury, and developmental disorders. ...Read more
first identify the cause of seizures and then remove the cause;
second, many non removable causes can successfully treated by antiepileptic medications, surgeries, diet, and vagus nerve stimulator.
Few epilepsies are very resistant to treat
non epileptic seizures must be ruled out. ...Read more
Brain pathology: Invariably, this is due to abnormal brain electrical-chemical functioning, and there may be localized abnormal brain tissue or more diffuse brain glutamate excitotoxicity. There is some hereditary susceptibility in many cases, and brain injuries and congenital lesions are often culprits. Any disorder causing brain damage can promote seizures. ...Read more
Unprovoked Seizures: Epilepsy is a constellation of disorders with a common definition: the tendency toward recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The term "epilepsy' applies to anyone who has had more than one unprovoked seizure. Seizures, however, can take on many forms; from staring off for a few seconds, to prolonged, violent convulsions. Epilepsy is simply a word that tells us a patient has recurrent seizures. ...Read more
Depends: A disability is a condition that affects major life activities. If your seizures are under control, then there really isn't a disability (unless you were a commercial pilot!) If seizures aren't controlled, then, yes. ...Read more
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The article should be easy for you to read and understand.
Side effects can occur but there is often a benefit. ...Read more
Classification of: The epilepsies is evolving with the advent of new technologies. Recent domain-specific classification by the International League Against Epilepsy, found on http://www. Uptodate. Com/contents/ilae-classification-of-seizures-and-epilepsy, includes mode of onset -generalized, partial or focal & unknown, underlying cause - genetic, structural or metabolic & unknown & level of diagnostic specificity. ...Read more
Depends on cause: There are many reasons for epilepsy. Trauma, infection, tumors, metabolic and toxic causes all would carry no risk to you. Some familial forms may carry up to a 50% risk. If there is a underlying disorder that has a definite test, you could be tested to see if your have the same disorder. Even then it may not be that you would have the same symptoms. Better to assume you are fine. ...Read more
Complex partials: Temporal lobe epilepsy is often tough to control fully, in spite of fact that we now have over 20 medications. However, suggest you consider a vagal nerve stimulator unit, as this might provide additional control without added adverse effects. Occasionally if specific focality can be isolated, surgery may be valuable ...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