The goals of treatment are to:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may need to see a neurologist. These doctors specialize in the nervous system and brain.
Factors that may increase your chance of developing seizures or a seizure disorder include:
These drugs may be given alone or in combination. Each of these drugs may have particular side effects and interactions. Talk to your doctor about which medicine is right for you.
Symptoms of generalized seizure disorders include:
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Talk to your doctor about these kinds of issues.
If you already have a seizure disorder, the following factors can increase your chance of having a seizure:
If you have a seizure disorder, you can take the following steps to try to decrease the chance of a seizure:
Seizures are caused by abnormal brain function. For many people, it is not known what causes the malfunction. Some known causes include:
Symptoms of partial seizure disorder include:
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This is a very strict diet. It is high in fat and low in carbohydrates and proteins. This diet keeps the body’s chemical balance in ketosis. Ketosis decreases the frequency of seizures. The reason is unknown. Following a ketogenic diet is most successful in children. It is less successful in adults.
There are wide varieties of medicines that may be used. Some of these include:
A device is implanted in the chest. It will provide intermittent electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve. It is not clear how this works. Somehow it prevents or decreases the frequency of seizures. You may still require medicine. The dosage may be less.
There are many kinds of seizure disorders with a variety of symptoms, such as:
A seizure happens when there are certain types of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. During a seizure, you may:
If medicine does not work or the side effects are too severe, you may need surgery. Surgery involves the removal of the seizure focus. This is the area of the brain that has been identified as starting the seizure. Surgery is only an option for people who have very localized areas of the brain involved.
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There are no known ways to prevent every type of seizure disorder. You can take steps to prevent brain injuries that could lead to seizures:
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Tests may include the following:
If you have two or more seizures that are not due to an illness or other trigger, then it is considered a seizure disorder. This condition is also known as epilepsy. Seizure disorders may be classified by the part of the brain they affect and the kinds of symptoms they cause. One way to categorize into two important groups is:
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIAY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
If you have a very severe seizure disorder, some changes may be needed to prevent serious injuries, such as: