Help For Epilepsy.

Epilepsy Neurological Disorders

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes abnormal, causing periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and potentially loss of consciousness. Symptoms can widely vary from person to person, some people during a seizure will just simply stare for a few seconds, while others may twitch in the arm or legs. 

 At Arizona Neurology Associates we are aware that about 1 in 25 people will have seizure disorders, as high as 10 percent of individuals may have one single seizure in their life. Be aware that having one seizure does not mean you have epilepsy, typically at least 2 seizures are required for an epilepsy diagnosis. It also means you shouldn't ignore it if you have 1 seizure.

Arizona Neurology Associates also wants you to be aware that even mild seizures could require treatment. This is because during activities such as driving or swimming, these activities can present a real threat to your safety should a seizure occur. About 80 percent of people with seizure activity can achieve control over symptoms with the help we are able to provide.

Epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, so a seizure can affect any process your brain coordinates. Signs and symptoms include a staring period, temporary confusion, jerking of arms and legs, physic symptoms, or loss of consciousness or awareness. Symptoms vary with the type of seizure, but by experience Arizona Neurology Associates knows that a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same seizure each time.

At Arizona Neurology Associates we generally classify seizures as focal or generalized, based on how the abnormal brain activity began. If you come to see us for your condition at Arizona Neurology Associates, we will walk you through the types of seizures and where that puts you, and what it may mean long-term and how to treat it. You will want to seek immediate help if you have a seizure followed immediately by a second, one that lasts more than five minutes, if your breathing doesn’t return to normal following a seizure, you have heat exhaustion or a high fever, you are pregnant or have diabetes or are injured during your seizure.

Causes of epilepsy are known to be not identifiable in about half of those with the condition. In the other half, various factors such as genetic influence, head trauma, brain conditions, infectious disease, prenatal injury, or developmental disorder would be suspect and assessed.

When you come to Arizona Neurology Associates, we will complete an assessment of your condition to determine if you have epilepsy, and then develop a treatment plan based on what factors caused your condition. These causative factors will be assessed in this phase. As part of your plan, we will also consider various risk factors that may increase due to things like age, family history, stroke, dementia, head injuries, brain infections or childhood history of seizures.

Arizona Neurology Associates and their doctors have deep experience with epilepsy and they are here to help you, to address this condition for you and get your quality of life back.