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The Effects of Epilepsy
Friday, November 16, 2018

What exactly is epilepsy and what does it entail? Basically, epilepsy is known as the advent of seizures and the disorders that may be associated with it. It is characterized by spontaneous seizures and may incite other health concerns in severe cases as well.

Epilepsy ranks as the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects individuals of all ages. The human brain is the source of the condition, which entails a wide spectrum of types and control, or lack thereof, which varies from one individual to another.

Symptoms

First and foremost, we will look into precursors of epilepsy. Since the advent of epilepsy is incited by abnormal activity in the brain, seizures are able to adversely affect any process that is governed by the brain.

Typical signs include episodes of momentary confusion, a spell of intense staring, uncontrolled jerking movements, particularly of the arms and legs. Other signals include complete loss of consciousness or awareness of one’s whereabouts and psychic symptoms such as fear, apprehension and a sensation of déjà vu as well.

Moreover, symptoms are variable based on the type of seizure that the patient experiences. For example, the vast majority of cases involving epilepsy include the occurrence of the same type of seizure. Therefore, it is only logical that symptoms will be uniform in nature.

In general, doctors tend to categorize a seizure as either focal or generalized, which is determined by how abnormal brain activity transpires.

Triggers

There are several triggers that can incite seizures in patients. Those who are fortunate may be able to discern precisely what causes them to have a manic episode. Typical examples of triggers include a lack of sleep, an illness, extraordinary stress. Also, another common reason is bright and radiant lights. There are patients who experience an epileptic seizure when they witness flashing lights or flamboyant patterns.

Furthermore, caffeine, alcohol and certain pharmaceutical drugs are also responsible for causing seizures. The identification of the aforementioned triggers is easier said than done in general. This is primarily because a lot of these signals are associated with and are symptoms of other ailments and afflictions. It is generally a combination of these determinants which results in a seizure.

A useful technique that patients can employ is to maintain a journal which is comprised of facts like the day and time, activity, environment and other aspects that were involved when they experienced by a seizure.

Treatment

As it stands, there is no cure for epilepsy. However, if patients are in considerable discomfort and undergo multiple episodes, then surgery may be an option. Also, there are measures that can be implemented to regulate the condition.

For example, if a brain condition is the root cause of seizures, then a surgical procedure may be an effective measure. Once diagnosed, doctors may prescribe seizure preventing drugs or anti-epileptic drugs as well.

If epilepsy has made a negative difference to your life, you should consult experts at Advanced Neurosurgery at once.



 
 
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