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Neurology Specialists, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Behavioral and Therapy Services located in Coral Springs, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, FL

Epilepsy services offered in Coral Springs, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you have seizures on a regular basis, it could be due to a condition called epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes unprovoked seizures. At The Neurology Institute in Coral Springs and Sunrise, Florida, the skilled neurology team diagnoses and treats epilepsy to reduce seizures. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or use the online booking feature today.

Epilepsy Q&A

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition that affects your central nervous system. It causes abnormal brain activity and seizures (uncontrollable body movements). Anyone can develop seizures. Finding the root cause and treating your condition is the best way to reduce seizures, keep you safe, and help you live your best life. 

What are the symptoms of epilepsy?

Seizures are a hallmark symptom of epilepsy and can lead to:

  • Stiff muscles
  • Uncontrolled jerking movements
  • Confusion
  • Staring spells
  • Loss of awareness of consciousness 
  • Fear
  • Anxiety

The type and severity of seizures you have, as well as how often you have them, varies from person to person.

When left untreated, epilepsy and its seizures can lead to falls, car accidents, drowning, or pregnancy complications. It can also cause emotional health challenges.

What are the risk factors for epilepsy?

The cause of epilepsy isn’t entirely clear, but the most common risk factors include:

  • Family history of epilepsy
  • Brain abnormalities
  • Head trauma 
  • Prenatal (before birth) injuries
  • Meningitis
  • Other infections
  • Developmental disorders
  • Strokes or other vascular disorders
  • Dementia

Adopting healthy habits and reducing your risk of injuries may reduce the chance of developing epilepsy, but you can’t necessarily avoid it.

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

The Neurology Institute team diagnoses epilepsy using various methods. They review your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They check your vital signs and may complete a neurological exam, blood tests, an electroencephalogram (EEG), a CT scan, an MRI, a PET scan, or another specialized diagnostic testing.

How is epilepsy treated?

Personalized epilepsy treatment plans vary based on your needs. The Neurology Institute team may recommend medications or surgery. You might follow a special diet, called a ketogenic diet, that’s rich in dietary fats and low in carbohydrates. 

Deep brain stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and responsive neurostimulation are other epilepsy treatments that involve implanting a device into your brain or other parts of your body to reduce the incidence or severity of seizures.

Your neurologist may suggest more than one type of epilepsy treatment to maximize your results and restore your quality of life. 

For epilepsy treatment and to get relief from seizures, call The Neurology Institute office closest to you or use the online scheduler today.