What is Refractory Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is, unfortunately, a common disorder that plagues many throughout the community. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures and unusual behaviors or feelings. Neurological disorders are essential to treat and manage as they deal with the nervous system. The nervous system is the communication aspect of the body. Neurons send rapid messages throughout the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Epilepsy is sometimes the cause of problems/disruptions within the nervous system. You may have heard about something called Refractory Epilepsy. If you are unfamiliar with the term Refractory Epilepsy, it means that medication is not helping with the seizures that are experienced by those who have Epilepsy. If you struggle with epilepsy symptoms and don’t believe your medication is working, Three Village Neurology is here to help! Our Epilepsy Doctor in Port Jefferson has experience finding alternate ways of treating those with Refractory Epilepsy!

What is Refractory Epilepsy?Epilepsy Doctor in Port Jefferson

Refractory Epilepsy is a specific form of Epilepsy that means that medication does not help keep seizures under control. You may also hear of Refractory Epilepsy being called uncontrolled Epilepsy or drug-resistant Epilepsy. Just because the medication doesn’t help with the symptoms doesn’t mean something else can’t help, for example, special diets or installing a Neuropace device. Unfortunately, there is not a known cause for Refractory Epilepsy. If your medication isn’t helping your seizures, contact our Epilepsy Doctor in Port Jefferson for help today. 


The main symptom of Refractory Epilepsy is the continuation of seizures after taking medicine. Medication helps control seizures and helps make them less severe. If the drugs given aren’t helping, you will likely not notice a difference in how you are feeling/ experiencing seizures before and after taking the medication. A seizure consists of one or a mix of the following symptoms:

  • Blacking Out
  • Biting Your Tongue
  • Falling Suddenly
  • Getting Stiff Muscles
  • Losing Control of Bowles/Bladder
  • Staring into Space

It is essential to be seen by a neurologist if you have Epilepsy or are experiencing seizures. Seizures can be dangerous, and it is crucial to get the help you need. If you are experiencing continual seizures with no relief from medication, visit our Epilepsy Doctor in Port Jefferson.

Contact Our Epilepsy Doctor in Port Jefferson

Three Village Neurology has the training and experience to diagnose best and treat your neurological disorder. We want to ensure our patients get relief from the symptoms that may be holding them back. If you need a neurologist to get a handle on your Refractory Epilepsy, our Epilepsy Doctor in Port Jefferson is here to help. Contact us to make an appointment today.