Our brains are hives of electrical activity, but when this activity is intense and unexpected, it signals a seizure. A seizure is when there is a burst of intense electrical activity. Here we’re looking more closely at epilepsy and seizures. We hope to help provide a better understanding of the condition.

What are Epilepsy and Seizures?

There are many different types of seizure. They are usually classified by where the epileptic activity starts.

Focal seizures

This is where the epileptic activity begins in just a part of your brain. Patients often stay alert during this type of seizure. Sometimes, epileptic activity starts as a focal seizure. It then spreads to the rest of the brain and becomes a generalised seizure.

Generalised seizures

Generalised seizures involve epileptic activity on both sides of your brain. Patients lose consciousness although it can be so brief that no one notices. The muscles in your body may stiffen or jerk uncontrollably and patients often fall to the ground.

What Triggers a Seizure?

Some things make seizures more likely for some people with epilepsy. People have their own individual triggers but there are some common triggers that many people with the condition experience. Common triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Skipping meals

Of course, patients with prescribed medication may also experience a seizure if they stop taking it.

Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment

The right diagnosis can quickly set you on the path to treatment and managing your seizures. Dr Paviour treats many patients with epilepsy and will base any tests and treatment on the type of seizures you experience. Many patients require medication to manage their epilepsy and you may also need to look at lifestyle changes to ensure the best possible outcome.

Epilepsy and Seizures Appointments

Dr Dominic Paviour is an experience consultant neurologist in London. His clinics take place at different locations and times to offer maximum availability to patients.

Get in touch today to arrange an appointment.