LIVEWELL MINUTE: Epilepsy
Epilepsy affects over 2 million Americans. 1 in 200 individuals suffer from recurrent seizures, affecting their employment, ability to drive, play sports, and other lifestyle choices.
Doctor Mostafa Hammoudi, MD, Neurologist, Methodist Plaza Specialty Clinic says, “Seizures are caused by sudden bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Not all seizures result in violent shaking and loss of consciousness. Subtle seizures may include brief decreased responsiveness, mild confusion, nonsensical speech, an unusual smell or unexplained psychic experiences.”
A diagnosis of epilepsy can be made based on the patient’s history, supported by an electroencephalogram, or EEG for short, which records the brain’s electrical activity.
Dr. Hammoudi says, “Many patients respond to the first anti-seizure medication they use. Other patients have to try more than one, or use a combination. Patients who continue to have seizures can benefit from other specialized treatments.”
Consultation with a neurologist or a seizure specialist is recommended. With an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment plan, most patients can prevent seizures and regain control of their life.