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Epilepsy

 

Overview

A neurological disorder characterized by unprovoked seizure episodes. Epilepsy is caused by the involuntary uncontrolled electric impulses in the brain. In most cases, injury to the brain, prenatal injuries, hereditary and environmental factors are linked to the excessive and abnormal brain activity.

 

Causes

The main causes of epilepsy may be brain damage, illness or abnormal brain development. Children could be born with structural defects of the brain and in some cases children could have suffered severe head injury or infections.  These instances can cause epilepsy.  If there is an imbalance of chemicals in the brain (called neurotransmitters), a person may develop epilepsy. For some, epilepsy can be attributed to the hereditary genes. In some cases disorders like brain tumors, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s and heart attacks can alter the normal brain function and lead to epilepsy. Infectious diseases like meningitis and encephalitis and developmental disorders like autism and cerebral palsy might also cause epilepsy in a person. If pregnant mothers develop infections or other serious health problems, the baby becomes more susceptible to prenatal injuries that in turn could cause epilepsy.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptom of epilepsy is said to be repeated seizures, loss of consciousness, falling down, stiffness of the body limbs and uncontrollable jerking. In some people there might be an abnormal twitching of body parts and the person can appear to be daydreaming. Some people could also experience odd tastes, sounds or smell during this period.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will question the family members for the details of a seizure as the person suffering with this disorder may not remember anything that happened before or during the seizure. The doctor may order a number of tests to confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy.

 

Treatment

To treat epilepsy, a doctor may recommend the use of medications on a regular basis to reduce the number and intensity of the seizures. In rare cases, based on the severity of the condition, surgery may be suggested by the doctor. Occasionally the doctor may also suggest electrical nerve stimulation that may be helpful in controlling the seizures.

 

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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