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What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a brain disorder where there are recurrent seizures due to abnormal activity in the brain. In some patients, we can identify what caused their epilepsy, in other cases the cause is unknown. Some patients may have epilepsy for years and never know it.
How can you have seizures and not know you have epilepsy?
Seizures are not all the same, and not all disorders which cause seizures are epilepsy. In fact, some people are diagnosed as having epilepsy when they really have another condition. While most people think of seizures as being jerky, uncontrollable movements or blackouts, seizures can show up in a variety of more subtle ways.
What do seizures look like?
Epileptic seizures take a wide range of forms. These include:
In children, seizures may also take the form of:
Just because you or your child has one or more of these symptoms, it doesn't mean you or they have epilepsy. But it is important that you get a thorough evaluation so a proper diagnosis can be made.
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What can happen if epilepsy goes undiagnosed?
A number of problems can arise if a seizure disorder is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. This is true for both children and adults, who may have real psychological and social difficulties as a result. These can show up as behavior problems at home, in school, at work, or as an inability to get along with others and/or depression.
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Where can I go for a diagnosis?
After your check with your doctor, we're here to help. At the Epilepsy Center at Norwalk Hospital we have the specially trained staff and sophisticated diagnostic equipment necessary to determine what's causing your problems, even if it's not epilepsy.
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What about my regular doctor?
Your personal physician can play a vital role in your treatment and care. She or he may be an integral part of the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment process. By conferring with our specialists, your doctor is demonstrating his or her concern for your well being. Of course, your physician will continue to be your primary health care provider.
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How is epilepsy diagnosed?
First, we'll take a detailed medical and family history. Then our physicians, who have extensive, specialized training and many years of experience, will perform a series of tests to determine what is causing your seizures. At the Epilepsy Center, we even have in-patient facilities which allow us to monitor your condition over a period of several days, if necessary. We're the only community hospital in Connecticut with this capability. Should you require additional sophisticated tests, the full resources of Norwalk Hospital are right here.
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What happens if I do have epilepsy?
First of all, you're not alone. By some estimates 12 to 2% of the population has epilepsy. In most cases, people with epilepsy can have their disorder controlled to the point where they lead perfectly normal lives, including working, going to school and participating in sports and other social activities. The keys are education and treatment, which may take several forms. A vast majority of epileptic cases can be treated with the right medication. A small percentage of patients may require surgery or other treatment. We can provide any necessary treatment right here at Norwalk Hospital.
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What role does education play?
Learning how to cope with epilepsy is more than half the battle. In fact, education can be as important as medication. At the Epilepsy Center, we have videos, seminars, counseling and more, just for people with epilepsy.
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Our entire staff is dedicated to helping you achieve the highest possible quality of life. From consultations with your doctor and evaluation, through diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care, at The Epilepsy Center at Norwalk Hospital, we're here to help you.
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