Seizures

Symptoms for Seizures Disorders

Fewer health events frighten patients more than seizures. Loss of control and possibly consciousness obviously indicate something isn't working right. Seizures are symptoms of a brain problem.


Seizures happen because of abnormal electrical brain activity. When we think of seizures, we often think of convulsions and uncontrollable shaking. But not all seizures cause convulsions. Focal seizures, also referred to as partial seizures, take place in only one part of the brain itself. Generalized seizures are abnormal activity on both sides.

There are also numerous health conditions and injuries that can cause seizures, including epilepsy, traumatic head injury/concussion, eclampsia in pregnant women, cerebral palsy, hypoxia, low blood sodium, low blood sugar and brain cancer.


It's unlikely that you will have seizure symptoms while you are in a doctor's office or in the emergency room at the hospital. For this reason, it is important to ask anyone who witnessed your seizure to describe it and to also write it down so that you can tell your doctor. By doing this, you can give your doctor information so that he can determine the type of seizure you had.


A diagnosis is based primarily on the symptoms. Usually, both the physical and neurological exams are normal between spells. For an adult who experiences a seizure, there will be a head scan and blood tests to look for chemical imbalances. Your doctor will then order either computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. Most people who have had a seizer will an electroencephalogram which monitors and records brain waves. It is a brief outpatient procedure that targets specific abnormalities in brain wave patterns which can help your doctor to determine what kind of seizure you may have had.


The physicians who make up Arizona Neurology Associates have completed standard medical training, plus additional specialized training in the brain, spinal chord, muscles and peripheral nerves. Within their scope of expertise is the management of many neurological conditions, including those that cause seizures.


Our doctors hold prestigious positions in many top hospitals and health networks and have seen a diverse range of patients and have treated a rich variety of neuro symptoms. You will find answers at the office of Arizona Neurology Associates.