Epilepsy

The name “”epilepsy “” brings with it fear, inhibitions and so many thoughts in mind. When you or your near one is diagnosed with epilepsy, do not panic. Please do not run to any quacks or miracle curers because ultimately what is going to help is the RIGHT MEDICAL TREATMENT. Epilepsy is not some curse but it is a medical condition which , like any other disease requires proper diagnosis and treatment.

Let’s understand what epilepsy is. One of the oldest diseases of the century ,Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which you experience abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness.

Seizure symptoms vary. Seizure symptoms depend upon the area from which seizures originate. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs.

Causes

  • Genetic influence.
  • Head trauma.
  • Brain tumors or stroke
  • Infectious diseases such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis
  • Prenatal injury. This brain damage can result in epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
  • Developmental disorders such as autism and neurofibromatosis.

Neurological examination.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG).
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Positron emission tomography (PET).

Some helpful Tips for epilepsy patients

  • Take your medication correctly. Don't adjust your dosage levels before talking to your doctor. If you feel your medication should be changed, discuss it with your doctor.
  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can trigger seizures. Be sure to get adequate rest every night.
  • Always keep a record of seizure. It’s frequency and the whole episode.
  • Let or carry some identification card with you whoshow your address, contact number and your diagnosis. This will help emergency personnel know how to treat you correctly.
  • Exercising may help keep you physically healthy and reduce depression. Make sure to drink enough water and rest if you get tired during exercise.
  • Managing stress
  • Limiting alcoholic beverages and avoiding cigarettes.
  • Educate yourself and your friends and family about epilepsy so that they understand the condition.
  • Try to ignore negative reactions from people. It helps to learn about epilepsy so that you know the facts as opposed to misconceptions about the disease. And try to keep your sense of humor.

At Dr. Prabhjeet’s Neuro Centre, our aim is to treat all Epilepsy patients with our best practices and knowledge. By God's grace most of our patients are leading normal life and managing their disease very well. Our mission is to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

In spite of the best efforts some epilepsies are intractable for whom we are trying newer therapies and some special treatments.

  • KETOGENIC DIETS
  • VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION
  • EPILEPSY SURGERY

This type of surgery is done in medically refractory cases. It is very successful in some conditions like medial temporal sclerosis. It may be considered an option in really refractory cases. Decision of surgery varies from case to case scenario.

TO CONCLUDE, MOST OF EPILEPSIES ARE TREATABLE WITH RIGHT DIAGNOSIS, RIGHT TREATMENT AND RIGHT APPROACH.