Seizures and Epilepsy

Seizures and Epilepsy

Seizures are the result of abnormal activities in the brain that may sometimes go unnoticed. In some cases, the condition can also lead to unconsciousness and convulsions. Epilepsy is a group of related disorders of the brain that are characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. Seizures could come in suddenly and last for a certain amount of time whose duration solely depends on its severity. Seizures can occur just once or recurrently. If they seem to be coming back, it is the sign of epilepsy.

What causes Seizures?

The cause behind seizures are generally unknown, but they do occur in the below cases:
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Head injuries
  • Low blood sugar levels

Types of Seizures

Seizures can be classified into Generalized Seizures and Partial Seizures.

Generalized Seizures

They are the most common type of seizure. It involves the stiffening of the limbs followed by jerking of the limbs and face.

Partial Seizures

Partial seizures begin in specific areas of the brain and spread to the entire region of the brain. 

What causes Epilepsy?

Epilepsy occurs as a result of abnormal electrical activities originating in the brain
  • Medications
  • Brain infection

Types of Epilepsy

Epilepsy of all types has seizures as a symptom in them. They come as surges of electricity in the patient's brain.

Generalized Epilepsy

This type of epilepsy is experienced on both sides of the brain.

Focal Epilepsy

In focal epilepsy, seizures develop in a particular area on one side of the brain.

Treating Seizures and Epilepsy

Most cases of epileptic seizures are contained and controlled through medication along with restrictions in diet. Cases of seizures and epilepsies that don't subside through changes in diet and medication, surgery is often advised. The type of treatment prescribed would depend on several factors, severity, age, overall health, and medical history.

We help diagnose conditions of seizures and epilepsy right from the start of signs and symptoms. To understand more about your condition visit our practice for further assistance with your condition. Call us today to request an appointment at (669) 235-4188.