25 Mar Treatment for Epilepsy & Seizures
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that can affect people of all ages for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of epilepsy or seizures is unknown. At Three Village Neurology, Dr. James D. Bruno, a neurologist for Epilepsy in Suffolk County seeks to understand your condition and develop a plan to maximize your quality of life and reduce recurrence and damage caused by seizures.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a condition that is known primarily for one of its symptoms, unpredictable seizures. Epilepsy is unique to the individual, and how a person is affected by epilepsy can vary greatly. Epilepsy is a spectrum disorder that encompasses many symptoms, rather than a specific diagnosis.
What is a Seizure?
There are many different types of seizures, but they are generally separated into two categories of focal and generalized seizures. Seizures can vary significantly between individuals, but the general mechanisms of how a seizure begins in the brain are similar.
- Your brain is continually sending chemical and electrical messages between different parts of your system, both ‘exciting’ or ‘inhibiting’ brain cells.
- A seizure occurs when parts of the brain experience an imbalance in the excitement and inhibition of brain cell activity, causing an electrical surge.
- This surge is, in essence, what triggers a seizure.
- While individual prognosis differs, if you experience two seizures, you are 80% more likely to have more in the future, so it is essential to seek medical attention.
Treatment for Epilepsy
Though treatment plans will differ significantly, the goals for treatment of epilepsy are similar which are to reduce or eliminate seizures and side effects. The mainstay of most epilepsy treatments includes seizure medications. However, our neurologist for epilepsy in Suffolk County will be able to provide a comprehensive treatment plan, monitoring, and instructions for how to handle seizures when they do occur. Also, they may be able to offer alternative treatment recommendations depending on the circumstances of the patient’s condition.
It is vital when selecting a neurologist for epilepsy in Suffolk County that you choose a team that offers a comprehensive and individualized approach for your specific needs. Contact us today at Three Village Neurology to gain more knowledge on treatment plans and how our team can help you.