Epilepsy affects more than 3.4 million children and adults, making it the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States. The expert medical team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology, PA, offers treatment options for epileptic conditions ranging from minor to severe at their locations in Frisco, Texas. If you or a loved one suffers from epilepsy, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by unpredictable seizures. The term epilepsy means the same thing as “seizure disorder,” and covers a broad spectrum of seizure types that vary from person to person.
You get diagnosed with epilepsy after having two or more seizures that aren’t related to a medical condition, such as alcohol withdrawal. Men, women, and children of all ages can develop epilepsy, but new cases are most common in young children and adults over 55.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure you have, but many people with epilepsy tend to experience the same type of seizure each time. Signs and symptoms of a seizure include:
It can be hard to tell if someone is having a seizure, especially if they’re just having a staring spell. Other times, seizures may cause a person to lose muscle control, fall down, or begin to shake uncontrollably.
To diagnose your condition, the team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology begins with a comprehensive neurological exam and review of your medical history. They may also take tests, such as:
Once they accurately diagnose the type and location of your seizures, the team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology develops a personalized treatment plan to manage your epilepsy. They offer a variety of treatment options for epilepsy, including:
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves surgical implantation of electrodes into your brain. The electrodes connect to a device implanted in your chest or skull that sends electrical signals to your brain to reduce seizure activity.
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) involves a surgically implanted device in your chest that connects to the vagus nerve in your neck. By sending bursts of electricity through your vagus nerve, this treatment may reduce seizure activity. However, many people who use this therapy still need to take anti-seizure medication.
Other common treatments for epilepsy include medication management and surgical procedures. To learn more about your options for epilepsy treatment, call The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology, or book an appointment online.