Why do doctors test for epilepsy before they find out if there is another physical ailment causing the seizures?

Tough question. Epilepsy and the risk of seizures is very frightening for many patients and their physicians. There is often a sense of urgency to treat. However, it is very important to also thoroughly understand the cause and the possible medical conditions that may be the cause. It is often difficult to fully understand the cause and the medical conditions. Treatment of the seizures may come first.