Understanding your Condition (Epilepsy and Seizures)

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Understanding your Illness equals half the cure. Having seizures once or twice in your life time does not necessary mean you have epilepsy.

Epilepsy and Seizures

In a recent survey it was confirmed that there are more than 2.5 million Epilepsy patients in Nepal itself. Epilepsy in medical terms is defined as a condition which produces seizures affecting the mental and physical functions of the body. Epilepsy is confirmed when a person has two or more gratuitous seizures. During a seizure a brief but strong electrical activity affects either a few or whole part of human’s body.
Seizures are supposed to last for a mere few seconds or a couple of minutes depending upon the intensity of seizures in different human being. Seizures ca follow after few symptoms like sudden irregular movement of legs or hands or sharp wrinkling of eyes which is often recognized by the patient and hence gathers a comfortable place till the seizure passes away. Symptoms don’t exist in every patient and those who face seizures without any prior symptoms become more vulnerable to accidents of any forms. Suppose a person has seizures while driving a car or while crossing a road without any prior symptoms is most likely to get involved in some sort of accident resulting in serious injuries to him as well as others.

Types of Seizures

There are many types of seizures depending upon what part of the brain is affected by the electrical disturbance during seizures and for how long did the seizure did id affect the person. Let’s consider about absence seizure first. An absence seizure is a lapse in consciousness with a blank stare that starts and ends within a few seconds.
There are genetics seizures as well. Parents who have a medical history of absence seizures are more likely to transfer it to their next generations.

How to Diagnosis Seizures
Diagnosis of seizures is a long process as each and every human being is supposed to have a seizure once in his life time. Now this does not mean that the person is suffering from Epilepsy. The first thing that is taken into account during the diagnosis of seizures is:

The patient medical history and few neurological examinations.

Couple of blood test is referred by a Neurologist in order to confirm that the patient has Epilepsy not other similar disease like fainting, breath holding, Transient Ischemic attack, hypoglycaemia or non-epileptic seizures which is more often seen in children’s.

Diagnosis Methods and the tools involved
EEG (electroencephalograph): This is a machine that records brain waves picked up by tiny wires taped to the head. Electrical signals from brain cells are recorded as wavy lines by the machine. Brain waves during or between seizures may show special patterns which help the doctor decide whether or not someone has epilepsy.
Imaging methods such as CT (computerized tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans may be used to search for any growths, scars, or other physical conditions in the brain that may be causing the seizures. In a few research centres, positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is used to identify areas of the brain which are producing seizures.
Which tests and how many of them are ordered may vary, depending on how much each test reveals.

Treatment
Once all the test readings are gathered and analyzed by Neurologist, the next question is whether to treat the underlying condition (if one has been identified and if it is treatable), or whether to treat the symptoms by prescribing anti epileptic (or seizure-preventing) drugs.

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Epilepsy, Epilepsy Research, Seizure, Seizure Disorders, Seizure Management, Treatment Of Epilepsy, Types Of Seizures

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