Epilepsy

Having a seizure for the first time can be very frightening. These unexpected events send bursts of electrical activity through the brain and can cause you to lose consciousness or control of your body. 

We can help you discover the cause of your seizures, and if you have epilepsy, work with you to find a treatment plan that helps you manage your condition. The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Abrazo Central Campus specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Our trained medical, nursing and technical staff not only evaluate seizure disorders, but can also help create your individualized and comprehensive treatment plan to reduce or possibly eliminate your seizure activity. 

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that makes you more susceptible to having recurrent, unprovoked seizures. It’s one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds. Almost 3 million Americans live with epilepsy.

What are the symptoms of a seizure?

The signs and symptoms of a seizure can vary from staring into space to full-body spasm. These are some of the most common symptoms of seizure:

  • Staring
  • Jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Stiffening of the body
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Breathing problems or breathing stops
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Falling suddenly for no apparent reason, especially when associated with loss of consciousness
  • Not responding to noise or words for brief periods
  • Appearing confused or in a haze
  • Nodding the head rhythmically, when associated with loss of awareness or even loss of consciousness
  • Periods of rapid eye blinking and staring

Learn more about epilepsy and seizures with our online health library.

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