Posted on Oct 11, 2018

Dr Rahul Kansal Neuro-psychiatrist Sexologist & Deaddiction Specialist (AIIMS New Delhi;UCLA USA)

EPILEPSY - PART 2


CAUSES OF EPILEPSY
Genetic causes, Brain diseases, Infection and injuries, Stress, Drug use, Alcohol use can all be responsible for seizures/Epilepsy.

DIAGNOSIS
Visit a consultant doctor who can distinguish the type of seizures you have and can offer treatment for the above types of seizures.

Appropriate tests need to be done to confidently diagnose Epilepsy.

TREATMENT
Treatment depends on the type of seizures. But the duration of treatment is long term. Every seizure activity can damage the brain and make it more likely to have a seizure in future (Kindling Effect)

TRIGGERS & PRECAUTIONS
- Stress
- Fasting/ Skipping Meals
- Flickering/Bright lights
- Lack of Sleep
- Alcohol use and Drug use.
- Certain medications ( Tell about all your meds to the doctor).

Stress and Lack of Sleep should be timely managed before they may worsen your seizure disorder / Epilepsy.

Understanding causes, triggers and type of epilepsy along with continuous medical support and care of your Neurophysician can help you manage symptoms of epilepsy.

I have tried to explain in simpler language about different types of seizures. Kindly read through different sources to learn more in detail about yours or your loved one's illness.

(ARTICLE COURTESY - ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY DR RAHUL KANSAL)
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