Warning Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the nervous system. Your brain activity becomes abnormal and can cause shaking,  a loss of sensation, and a lack of awareness. When you have multiple seizures that are not related to a preexisting medical condition, this may be diagnosed as epilepsy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, look into epilepsy treatment in Suffolk County at Three Village Neurology. Dr. Bruno can help diagnose your disorder and get you on the right path.

There are many different types of epileptic seizures. Because of these various types, warning signs and symptoms can vary case to case:

Warning Signs

The most obvious warning signs of epilepsy are if you experience at least two seizures that are unprovoked. This warning sign points to the strong possibility that you may have epilepsy. But, to be certain it is always important to consult with a specialist and get tested.

Other warning signs may include but are not limited to:

  • Staring blankly
  • Convulsing or twitching uncontrollably
  • Temporary confusion
  • Fumbling with clothes
  • Loss of awareness
  • Syncope

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, contact our office today. Dr. Bruno at Three Village Neurology can perform an Electroencephalogram which is the most common way to test for epilepsy. This test measures the electrical impulses in the brain and determines if you, in fact, are suffering from epilepsy. If you are diagnosed, epilepsy is in most cases effectively treated with medication.


Symptoms of epilepsy will differ depending on which type of epileptic seizure you are experiencing. Listed below are the different types of epilepsy and the symptoms that accompany them:

Absence Seizures: Absence seizures are most common in children. This will cause the individual to stare blankly into space for a few seconds while having an episode. Then the individual will rejoin reality like nothing previously happened. This type of seizure can sometimes go undiagnosed because each episode lasts a very short amount of time.

Focal or Partial Seizures: This type of seizure only engages with one part of the brain. This type of seizure is broken down further into two categories. The first is a Focal Seizure where you are conscious of what is happening. These symptoms can include involuntary twitching or jerking of body parts, changes in your five senses, feeling tingling and/or feeling dizzy. The second type of Focal Seizure involves a lack of awareness or consciousness. Symptoms include going through regular motions and not remembering your actions, fumbling, wandering, and/or performing repetitive movements.

Generalized or Grand Mal Seizures: A generalized seizure involves both sides of your brain. The symptoms of this type of seizure can include stiffening of arms and legs, loss of muscle control, falling, Staring, and/or sudden jerking and twitching movements.

Epilepsy treatment in Suffolk County

If you are looking for epilepsy treatment in Suffolk County, contact Three Village Neurology today. Do not ignore the warning signs. Get the help you need to start your road towards treatment and management.