Experiencing a seizure can be a very worrying moment and it can lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. This is not always the case and finding help with epilepsy and seizures can lead you towards epilepsy diagnosis or another condition. Dr Paviour is an experienced neurologist who can help with epilepsy and seizures and find treatment plans for all patients.
Types of Seizure
There are many different types of seizure and people may experience different kinds at different types.
Focal (partial) seizures occur when the seizure activity begins in just one part of the brain. Many people remain alert during this kind of seizure while others may not be sure of their surroundings. Some people are able to move or parts of their bodies may move and they are unable to stop them. Others experience strange sensations and feelings. Focal seizures can last up to a few minutes. Some people experience focal seizures which spread around the brain and become what is known as a generalised seizure.
Generalised seizures impact both halves of the brain. People experiencing this kind of seizure lose consciousness but this can be for a matter of seconds or less, sometimes without the patient even knowing. They can last for a number of minutes and the muscles can stiffen, jerk and cause you to fall down.
Many different things can be the cause or trigger for seizures. Common seizure triggers include things like:
- Poor sleep
- Excess alcohol consumption
Some people may also experience seizures if they don’t eat property and not having the right treatment or medication. Light sensitive epilepsy is quite uncommon but some people are triggered by flashing or flickering light.
Diagnosing and Treating Epilepsy
To successfully manage and treat any kind of seizure, patients need a diagnosis. Appointments with Dr Paviour allow patients to discuss their symptoms and seizures. Patients are often asked to keep a diary of their seizures to help identify triggers and help their medical team find patterns and aid diagnosis.
If epilepsy seems likely, patients should see a neurologist. A neurologist can arrange all the relevant and necessary tests for diagnosis. Tests may include a range of blood test, an EEG that records brain waves and a full brain scan. There is currently no single test that proves a patient does or doesn’t have epilepsy.
Treating epilepsy is possible with the right combination of medication and lifestyle changes. Patients should actively avoid triggers that impact their seizure levels and the right medication usually results in the seizures stopping altogether.
Appointments with Dr Paviour for Help with Epilepsy and Seizures
Dr Paviour runs regular clinics at locations across London. He sees patients at Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon, HCA Sydney Street in Chelsea, and The London Clinic in Harley Street. With a GP referral letter, you can make an appointment via his PA. Get in contact today to learn more about the referral and consultation process.
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