A seizure happens when you experience an uncontrolled electrical disturbance in your brain. Depending on the seizure’s severity, it can cause changes in your behavior and physical movements or a loss of consciousness.
There are many types of seizures. Most last for 30 seconds to two minutes, but any seizure that lasts five minutes or longer is a medical emergency. Seizures can be caused by underlying health problems like meningitis or an illness, but the cause is often unknown.
Common symptoms of seizures include:
If you or a loved one experiences these issues, get in touch with Dr. Weng right away.
Seizures are typically separated into two categories –– focal seizures and generalized seizures.
Focal seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in a specific part of the brain. Sometimes they cause a loss of consciousness.
Generalized seizures affect all areas of the brain. Common generalized seizures include tonic seizures (stiffening of the muscles), atonic seizures (loss of muscle control), clonic seizures (repeated or rhythmic muscle movements), and clonic-tonic seizures (an abrupt loss of consciousness and intense jerking).
Make an appointment with Dr. Weng if you experience a seizure that:
It’s also important to visit Dr. Weng if you suffer a seizure and you’re pregnant or have diabetes.
To diagnose a seizure, Dr. Weng completes a physical exam and asks about your symptoms. He may also order a series of tests, including a neurological exam, blood work, and an electroencephalogram (EEG).
An EEG uses electrodes to monitor the electrical activity of your brain. Dr. Weng can assess the patterns and determine your risk of experiencing another seizure. An EEG can also help him pinpoint an underlying medical condition.
At the offices of Dr. Weng, treating seizures depends on what kind you have and how severe it is. Dr. Weng might recommend prescription medicine or dietary therapy depending on your age, medical history, and symptoms. Certain drugs can reduce abnormal electrical activity in your brain, while dietary therapy can improve seizure control.
Make an appointment with Dr. Weng by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.