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Epilepsy: Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

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.

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.

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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 just one seizure doesn’t indicate epilepsy, as some people who have one seizure may never have another seizure again. Other conditions such as fever, diabetes, heart conditions and alcohol withdrawal can also cause seizures.

Seizures usually last 1 to 3 minutes. If someone has a seizure that lasts for more than 5 minutes, call an ambulance immediately.

Epilepsy can start at any age but usually starts in childhood or in people over 60.

Same Day Diagnosis

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 the full consultation report with your GP.

15-minute Consultation with Patient Advisor

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Tele Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street.

We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Prices start from £250

You can book a half an hour Skype consultation with a doctor for £250.

 

Full hour consultations with a doctor starts from £450.

Epilepsy Symptoms:

Seizures can cause symptoms such as:

  • A loss of consciousness
  • Uncontrollable jerking movements (convulsions)
  • Strange feelings, sensations and behaviours

There are many different types of seizures:

Tonic-clonic seizures

Tonic-clonic seizures are the most recognised. The seizure begins with a sudden loss of consciousness, the body becomes stiff and muscles jerk. 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 a headache. Agitation can also occur while regaining consciousness.

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Focal seizures

This seizure begins on one part of the brain and affects the part of the body that is controlled by that area of the brain.

The seizure may involve:

  • Unusual movements
  • Unusual sensations or behaviours

The seizure may involve:

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Triggers of Epilepsy

Identifying triggers isn’t always straightforward. One incident doesn’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
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Epilepsy Diagnosis

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.

It is important to see a doctor if:

  • This is the first seizure
  • If there are repeated seizures
  • Seizures occur more often than usual
  • Unsure whether it was a seizure
  • If you are pregnant or have diabetes
  • If you are injured

Epilepsy Treatment

Epileptic seizures can be controlled by antiepileptic medicines as well as avoiding triggers. Antiepileptic therapy depends on different factors, such as your age and the type of seizures that a person has. Before antiepileptic medicine is prescribed, a person will be required to take blood tests to ensure that the levels in their blood are not too high or too low, as well as being able to identify any other medical problems.

We recommend keeping a diary of all seizures to help monitor how well epilepsy is being managed. A diary will also be useful in identifying the triggers that cause seizures. Often, specialists will help to develop an epilepsy management plan which can be useful for schools, employers and other health professionals.

Working very closely with a specialist will help to gain control over seizures. It is important to ask if it is safe to drive or to do other high-risk activities like operating heavy machinery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CALLS?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

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