What is it, and what are my treatment options?

What Is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes abnormal brain activity.  Epilepsy can affect different people in different ways but often causes seizures and other abnormal episodes of brain activity.  Some people may also experience these episodes more often than others.

Epilepsy can have several different causes including genetic conditions, head or brain trauma, prenatal injuries, and some infectious diseases.  However, in some people there seems to be no underlying cause.

The symptoms of epilepsy can vary in each person but symptoms can include:

  • Seizures (there are many categories and types of seizures)
  • Periods of loss of time or awareness
  • Being unresponsive despite being fully conscious
  • Inability to respond
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Sudden and uncontrollable stiffening of the muscles of the neck or back
  • Sudden and uncontrollable muscle spasms

Neurologic diseases are disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout your body. Together they control all the workings of the body.

When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.

How Is Epilepsy Treated at Orthoneuro?

In most cases, the Board Certified Neurologists at OrthoNeuro use a variety of anti-seizure (also called anti-epileptic) medications to treat epilepsy.  Medications and dosages are determined by your unique symptoms, lifestyle, and frequency of seizures. Your OrthoNeuro Neurologist will monitor your reaction to these medications and adjust dosages as needed until your symptoms are controlled.

If medications do not control epilepsy symptoms, there are surgical procedures that your OrthoNeuro Neurologist may discuss with you including vagus nerve stimulation and deep brain stimulation.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Neurological Specialist Today!

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of epilepsy, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Neurologists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

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