Seizures are events of uncontrolled movements or abnormalities in brain function that can cause changes in behavior or level of consciousness.
There are different types of Seizures , these differ depending on their intensity. By supplying medications and treatments provided by your doctor it is possible to control a large part of these disorders.Causes
Diagnosis of Seizures
The Neurologist will be in charge of doing a physical exam and a series of questions about your medical history.
Among the tests to be carried out, we group the most common.
Electroencephalography (EEG) allows you to record the brain's electrical activity, which helps doctors visualize the likelihood that the Seizure will recur or not. It can also help the doctor detect or rule out other similar conditions
Neurological exam, allows the Neurologist to do a series of tests to assess balance, muscle strength and the functioning of the nervous system
Positron emission tomography, help visualize the active areas of the brain and detect abnormalities
Treatment of Seizures
In most cases, the Neurologist begins treatment when Seizures have occurred more than once because not everyone who has one Seizure has another.
The most common treatments for Seizures are:
Vagus nerve stimulation, a device sends signals to the brain to stop seizures
Sensitive neurostimulation, allows the doctor to detect seizure activity and stop it through an electric shock
Deep brain stimulation, regulates abnormal brain activity
Nutritional therapy, consuming high fat and low carbohydrate content (ketogenic diet), can help improve seizure control
Living with Seizures
Following the treatment provided by your Neurologist and leading a healthy lifestyle could help improve quality of life.
Following are the most common recommendations:
Take medications correctly
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Decrease salt intake
Do not smoke
Maintain a healthy weight
Maintain a healthy diet
Get enough rest
Share information with family and friends about Seizures and what to do in case of an attack
Family support is vital; understanding of common symptoms is required to react appropriately and be patient
Go to a mental health professional to talk about your feelings, as illness can lead to anger and stress
Check with your doctor about the safety measures you should have
When to see a doctor?
Contact a Neurologist if you have any of the symptoms mentioned.
Go or call the emergency number in Los Cabos +52 (624) 104 3911 for help immediately in the following cases:
It is the first time that you have had a Seizure
The Seizure lasts for more than 2 minutes
Seizure occurs right after another
Behavioral changes after having a Seizure
The person doesn't wake up
Seizures in the water
The person is injured, pregnant, or has diabetes
The Neurologist will take care of making a review of the medical history of the family history, neurological examinations, as well as a general physical examination.
When consulting your doctor, we recommend keeping a record of your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.
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