Diagnosing Epilepsy

Epilepsy Information 2012

Diagnosing Epilepsy

Epilepsy is actually a common illness that affects millions of people all over the world. For this reason alone research on epilepsy as well as techniques for diagnosing epilepsy is very important to the medical community.

Epilepsy can be described as a group of disorders affecting an individual in which the primary problem involves seizures. A seizure can be described as spontaneous electrical activity that temporary halts normal brain and body function while the charge for the electrical signal dissipates.

There are a number of causes of epilepsy. Patients who suffer from epilepsy need to know as much as possible about their type of epilepsy and the specific causes that may trigger epileptic seizures in their case. A number of epilepsy cases have been known to be hormone related, especially when dealing with women. A number of studies on epileptic seizures in women reveal that the occurrence of such seizures is directly related to their hormone cycle for that month.

One of the most common types of seizures associated with epilepsy is the fever seizure. Though this type of seizure is normally not harmful, a number of individuals have described it as being rather frightening and care should be taken to avoid it if at all possible.

As there are a number of epilepsy causes known, there are also a number of different types of epilepsy. Hence, diagnosing epilepsy quickly and effectively is probably the only way through which an individual can seek quick relief for the problem.

When a doctor is diagnosing epilepsy especially in young children, they will require very accurate patient history information. This information will generally include a description of a child’s seizure-like episodes in terms of frequency of occurrence and length of time that they commonly last.

Diagnosing epilepsy, whether for children or adults, will generally begin with a series of questions that focus on the seizures. Some of the common questions that you should expect include whether or not the episode began when the patient was awake or asleep, indicative signs that might have warned of such an attack, any possible medication that could have caused the symptoms as well as the presence of jerking movements and/or confusion after an attack on the individual’s part.

Often, it is said that obtaining an accurate description of seizure activity is as important as the treatment itself. The more detail available, the more accurate a diagnosis can be made. After diagnosing epilepsy, the physician proceeds to verify the diagnosis with a series of tests. Some of the common tests for epilepsy include the Epilepsy EEG test. A new blood test has been developed that makes it easier to test if the seizures that an individual has are caused by epilepsy or some other disorder.