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Epilepsy

Epilepsy Treatment in London

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, causing repeated seizures – these are bursts of electrical activity in the brain that affects how it functions temporarily. Having a seizure does not mean that you have epilepsy. A seizure can have different causes and you may only have a one-off seizure. However, it is still important to see a specialist neurologist to find the cause of the seizure.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, causing repeated seizures – these are bursts of electrical activity in the brain that affects how it functions temporarily. Having a seizure does not mean that you have epilepsy. A seizure can have different causes and you may only have a one-off seizure. However, it is still important to see a specialist neurologist to find the cause of the seizure.

Living with epilepsy is not always easy, and if you are experiencing repeated seizures, this can be quite overwhelming. At Dementech Neurosciences, we have a team of professionals specialising in epilepsy private treatment. We help people with epilepsy manage the triggers for their symptoms through bespoke treatments, allowing them to live their lives without being affected by the condition.

Why Choose Dementech For Epilepsy Treatment?

  • Home to the UK’s leading epilepsy specialists
  • Results from any required tests or scans are available in 48 hours
  • Same-day consultations and assessments
  • Prices starting at £250
  • Patient Advisors provide unique treatment plans and advice following your consultation
  • Ongoing support for patients and their families
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What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a relatively common condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures. Anyone can be diagnosed with epilepsy, but in most cases the condition will start in childhood, or will begin when someone is over 60 years of age. Seizures are defined as bursts of electrical activity in the brain, and can have an impact on how the brain functions for a short period of time.

Seizures can affect people in a number of different ways, and usually last between 1 and 3 minutes. If a seizure begins to exceed 5 minutes, the person will need immediate medical attention.

It’s important to know that having just one seizure does not necessarily indicate epilepsy. There are many people who have one seizure, and never go on to experience another. Fever, diabetes, heart conditions and alcohol withdrawal can also cause seizures, so it’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis from a professional so that you can better understand and manage your condition.

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Same Day Consultations

At Dementech Neurosciences we endeavour to see you on the same day if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by a specialist. With your consent, our private neurologists can also share your full consultation report with your GP.

Patient Advisor Consultations

Schedule a 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisor. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition, and for the Patient Advisor to suggest the most appropriate treatment route to suit your specific needs.

Prices Starting at £250

30-minute consultations start from just £250, and 60-minute consultations start from £450. We always maintain full transparency about our costs.

Video Consultations Available

If you can’t make it to our clinic, we offer video consultations on FaceTime, WhatsApp, and Skype. We believe healthcare should be accessible, and make sure to facilitate consultations from anywhere.

Discover More About Epilepsy

Symptoms of epilepsy are not always experienced in the same way, which can make the condition difficult to understand and manage. This is because epilepsy can affect different areas of the brain depending on the person. Typically, a person with epilepsy will experience seizures as well as some of these other symptoms:

  • Uncontrollable jerking or shaking movements (sometimes called a “fit” or “convulsions”)
  • A loss of consciousness or awareness
  • Becoming stiff or experiencing tingling sensations
  • Other unusual feelings, sensations and behaviours

The other symptoms that a person experiences as well as a seizure will depend on the type of seizure they have. Seizures can range from mild to severe, and can also vary significantly in terms of length. It is key to remember that if the person is experiencing their first seizure, or they are experiencing a seizure that is exceeding 5 minutes in length, a medical professional should be contacted to offer aid. Below are some of the most common types of seizures.

Tonic-clonic seizures

Tonic-clonic seizures are the most recognised type of seizure. In the majority of cases, the seizure will begin with a sudden loss of consciousness. This is called the ‘tonic’ stage. Then, the body becomes stiff and muscles start to jerk, which is known as the ‘clonic’ stage. It is also common for some people to turn blue, lose control of their bladder and bite their tongue.

After regaining consciousness, the person may feel drowsy and confused. It is also common to have some memory loss and/or a headache. Agitation can also occur while regaining consciousness.

Focal seizures

Focal seizures can be simple partial seizures (or 'auras'), or complex partial seizures. These seizures begin in one part of the brain and will affect the part of the body that is controlled by that area.

Simple partial seizures typically involve:

  • Unusual sensations or behaviours such as strange smells or tastes
  • A strange, rising feeling in the stomach
  • Intense emotional feelings
  • Tingling feelings in the arms and legs

Complex partial seizures typically involve:

  • Random body movements
  • General lack of awareness
  • Making strange noises

Absence seizures

Absence seizures are more common in children, but have been known to affect people of all ages. During these seizures, the person will lose awareness of their surroundings for up to 15 seconds. These seizures can happen several times a day, and the person will have no memory of the event afterwards. They may stare into space, make small jerky movements or slightly flutter their eyes during the seizure.

Epilepsy Diagnosis & Treatment At Dementech

For successful epilepsy treatment, one of the most important factors is the correct identification of seizure triggers. Of course, identifying triggers isn’t always straightforward, and one specific incident won’t always indicate a trigger. Often, a combination of factors can trigger a seizure.

Some of the most common triggers include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • High fever or illness
  • Stress
  • Flashing lights, bright lights or patterns
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Some medicines
  • Skipping meals
  • Overeating
  • Specific food ingredients

At Dementech, our experienced team have been responsible for diagnosing epilepsy for hundreds of patients, and have been able to identify causes to help them manage their seizures more effectively. Don’t hesitate to contact our epilepsy specialists if you would like bespoke support with the management of your epilepsy symptoms.

Epilepsy Treatment

On top of identifying and avoiding the triggers, epileptic seizures can also be controlled by antiepileptic medicines. Whether or not a patient can have antiepileptic medication will depend on various different factors, such as the age of the patient and the type of seizures they are experiencing.

Before antiepileptic medicine is prescribed, a person will be required to take blood tests to ensure that the levels in their blood are appropriate for the treatment. Blood tests will also be able to identify other important medical problems that could have an impact on the overall effectiveness of the treatment.

Our specialists will be able to support you in developing an epilepsy management plan as well as providing bespoke medical treatments. This plan might involve you keeping a diary of your seizures, including details of their frequency, length and the specific symptoms you experience. Diaries like this can be useful for you in terms of helping you monitor how well your epilepsy is being managed, but they can also be useful for schools, employers and other health professionals. A diary will also be useful in identifying the triggers that cause seizures.

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Notable Risks of Epilepsy

As seizures can be so varied, understanding when you are experiencing one can be difficult, and managing your triggers even more so. In addition, having a seizure does not mean that you have epilepsy. A seizure can have different causes and you may only have a one-off seizure. With all of this in mind, it is vitally important to see a specialist neurologist to find the cause of your seizures, as they can be extremely dangerous in some cases. Working very closely with a specialist will help to gain control over seizures, and can also help family members to understand when your seizures are harmless and when they are dangerous.

If you have epilepsy, it is important to ask a specialist if it is safe to drive or to do other high-risk activities like operating heavy machinery. It is important to see a doctor if:

  • This is your first seizure
  • If you have experienced repeated seizures
  • Seizures are occurring more often than usual
  • You are unsure whether something was a seizure
  • If you are pregnant or have diabetes
  • If you are injured

Epilepsy is not always a dangerous condition, and many people live their lives without being affected by their seizures. However, in a lot of cases, seizures can be unpredictable, and so having guidance and support from a medical professional is the safest option. For epilepsy private treatment that you can trust, speak to Dementech.

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FAQs About Epilepsy

I’m claustrophobic. Is there an MRI scan alternative?

Yes, many people who struggle with small spaces have the option to have an open or upright MRI scan.

Will I get a copy of my results?

Yes, if you would like to see your results after any test or assessment, we can provide the details for you. Feel free to ask for a copy of your test results or a CD of your MRI scan if applicable.

What does the consultation entail?

During a consultation we will carry out an assessment and go through your medical history with a view to getting a diagnosis. From there, you will receive a treatment plan and a full consultation report.

Can you arrange tests?

Yes, depending on what is most suitable for you and your condition, we can arrange for tests and scans to be scheduled before or after your consultation.

How quickly can I be seen?

We aim to see patients on the same day of their enquiry wherever possible.

If I am seen privately, will I be removed from the NHS waiting list?

No, receiving care at Dementech will not impact your NHS care. You are still welcome to seek guidance and treatment from the NHS if you wish to.

Do you offer video calls?

Yes. If you cannot make it to the clinic, we can video call you on Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp.

How quickly can we get an MRI, blood test, and other testing done?

We carry out tests within two days of them being requested, and we will get the results back within 48 hours.

Do you provide finance?

No, we do not offer finance payment plans at present.

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