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Epilepsy Treatment

Epilepsy is a condition in which the people experience recurrent seizures. It is caused by a temporary disturbance in the electrical signals of brain cells.

What Causes Epilepsy?

The human body functions by following the signals from the brains. Sometimes this system gets disrupted because of faulty electrical impulses. Some of the causes which lead to epilepsy are:

  • Any stroke or a tumour in the brain.
  • Any head trauma or head accident.
  • Congenital brain damage.
  • Infectious diseases or developmental disorders.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy?

The main sign of epilepsy is repeated seizures. Others reasons are as follows:

  • Blackout and confused memory.
  • The person falls every now and then.
  • Sudden bouts of blinking and chewing.
  • Repetitive movements.
  • The person starts panicking without any external or internal causal agent.
  • The person becomes stiff all of a sudden for no apparent reason.

What are the Treatment Options for Epilepsy?

  • Medicines To start with, the doctor will try the medications as they are non-invasive and don't cause many side effects. The medicines will be prescribed on the basis of age, sex and health condition. If you are pregnant, different prescription drugs will be listed. The treatment will start with a low dose, but it will be increased with time.
  • Ketogenic Diet After attempting to cure seizures using medicines, the specialist will refer the patient to an expert nutritionist, who will chart a high fat, low carb diet plan. Ketogenic diet has been proven effective; however, no scientific supports it as a treatment.
  • Surgery Respective Surgery: Using this method, the seizure-causing part of the brain will be removed. This procedure will be conducted only when the seizures trigger from a small area. Disconnective Surgery: The surgeon will disconnect the path between the seizure-causing portion and the other hemisphere. This procedure restricts the seizure to the site of its origin. Corpus callosotomy is an example of disconnective surgery.

What are Possible Risks and Complications?

Severe to mild complications are associated with the epilepsy treatment. Some postoperative complications are mentioned below.

  • Thinning and broken bones
  • Trouble in talking
  • Body rashes
  • Clumsiness while walking
  • Facing difficulty in remembering things
  • Dehydration and constipation
  • Kidney stones
  • High cholesterol

Post-procedure Precautions and Follow-up

  • Take medications and the prescribed diet on time.
  • Avoid eating junk food and sugary beverages.
  • Take proper rest and try to be happy to facilitate quick recovery.
  • Do not overthink about your condition because it will cause psychological harm.
  • Go for your follow-up appointments regularly, so that doctors can examine the signs of infection or blood clotting in the brain.

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