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What Is a Seizure and What Is Epilepsy ?
Seizures -- abnormal movement or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain -- are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all people who appear to have seizures have epilepsy. In contrast, epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. A seizure is a general term for a sudden attack. The term seizure is used in neurology (the medical specialty dealing with the nervous system) to refer to the sudden onset of abnormal electrical discharge within the brain which can lead to convulsions. Convulsions are uncontrolled violent spasms (jerking) of muscles of the body. Epilepsy is the medical term for the condition of having chronic seizure disorder
Non-epileptic seizures (called pseudo seizures) are not accompanied by abnormal electrical activity in the brain and may be caused by psychological issues or stress. This type of seizure may be treated with psychiatric intervention
Provoked seizures are single seizures that may occur as the result of trauma, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), low blood sodium, high fever, or alcohol or drug abuse. Fever-related (or febrile) seizures may occur during infancy and children usually outgrow them by age 6. After a careful evaluation to estimate the risk of recurrence, patients who suffer a single seizure may not need treatment
Seizure disorder is a general term used to describe any condition in which seizures may be a symptom. In fact, seizure disorder is so general that it is not a useful term. Unfortunately, "seizure disorder" is often used to avoid the term epilepsy
Epilepsy is a relatively common condition, affecting 0.5% to 1% of the population. In the United States, about 2.5 million people have epilepsy. In fact, about 9% of Americans will have at least one seizure during their lives
Epilepsy occurs as a result of abnormal electrical activity originating from the brain. Brain cells communicate by sending electrical signals in an orderly pattern. In epilepsy these electrical signals become abnormal, giving rise to an "electrical storm" that produces seizures. These storms may be within a specific part of the brain or be generalized, depending on the type of epilepsy
Epilepsy is a chronic disease having a tendency to relapse periodically and for many years to life time, if not adequately treated
The most common symptom or a sign of epilepsy is recurrent seizures or convulsions.
Seizures are involuntary movements, like jerking or thrashing, or experiencing unusual feelings or sensations, which can be associated with loss of consciousness or being unaware of things happening around.
One may experience and describe seizures in various ways, as it is often a subjective experience
It all happens because he transmission of the electrical activity between the brain cells pauses for a while manifesting as seizures.
Seizures could be of various forms; but for a given patient they tend to be stereotyped.
Generally seizures can also be caused due to decrease in sodium salts from the body, or due to high fever or even due to hypoxia.
The diagnosis could be stigmatizing and has implications for employment, insurance and driving.
Not everything that twitches is epilepsy; but tongue biting is very suggestive of epilepsy
The seizures that the patient experiences are of various forms, they are classified as below:
Partial epilepsy: In this, the patient may loose consciousness, there may be twitching or jerking of one single part like twitching of finger or fingers, or twitching of facial muscles. It happens because of the pausing of the electrical activity in the brain, which could be in one part, or can move to another part or may stay in one area until the seizure is over.
Generalized seizure: Electrical disturbances occurring all over brain at same time are generalized seizures. They are further classified as follows
Diagnosing epilepsy in error can be hazardous as conventional therapy has significant side-effects.
Carbamazepine: Usually used as a first line of treatment in partial seizures.
Toxic effects: rash, nausea, diplopia, dizziness, fluid retention,
Hyponatraemia, blood dyscrasias
Sodium valproate: Usually used as a first line of treatment in generalized seizure.
Toxic effects: sedation, tremors, increased weight, hair thinning, ankle swelling, hyperammonaemia, liver failure.
Phenytoin: No longer used as a first choice of drug in partial a swell as generalized epilepsy
Due to its toxicity: nystagmus, diplopia, tremors, dysarthria, ataxia.
Toxic effects: decrease intellect, depression, impaired drive, polyneuropathy, acne,
Gum hypertrophy, blood dyscrasias.
About one third of the patients suffering from epilepsy opt for surgical intervention due to failure in antiepileptic medication. Few of these patients experience seizure control after removal of the affected part of the brain causing seizure. This is called as seizure surgery.
Usually the surgery is done to get rid of seizures but the purpose of surgery is not to get off antiepileptic drugs because even after successful epileptic surgery the patient has to take antiepileptic drugs to remain seizure free.
homeopathy is strongly recommended as supportive line of treatment along with conventional treatment, in most cases
It may be stated that homeopathy alone may not help all the cases of epilepsy. At the same time, it is worth making a note that many cases of epilepsy which were resistant to the conventional medication, do respond significantly to homeopathy. In the cases where brain tumor is the cause of epilepsy, homeopathy is not suggested as the line of treatment
homeopathydiscerns that the body has within it a controlling and defending force and power. It is only when this fighting power or resistance is disturbed, do we fall ill. The disease is thus not an affection of the parts but a disorder in the patient as a whole. Since one patient differs from another each requires a different medicine based on his individual and mental symptoms
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