Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide by Orrin Devinsky MD

By Orrin Devinsky MD

Taking the lead from genuine sufferers' questions and insights, this new version of a best-selling advisor provides must-have details to these clinically determined with epilepsy — the commonest neurological affliction in teenagers, adults, and the aged. Written via a number one specialist, this advisor solutions universal questions, assuages patient's fears, and encourages epileptics to take an energetic function of their remedy.

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They tried more and more drugs, two or three at a time, and the seizures just became more frequent. The worst part was that Avi was slipping—he was changing. He was not as sharp and quick as he had been. We blamed the drugs, but it just got worse. Then came the little seizures that would cause his speech to sputter and hesitate and his mind to turn on and off, like someone was taking a light switch and flicking it up and down. Progressive myoclonic epilepsies cause myoclonic and tonic-clonic seizures that are difficult to control and associated with deteriorating neurologic function.

During complex partial seizures, the ability to pay attention or to respond to questions or commands is impaired to some degree. Often there is no memory of what happened during all or part of the seizure. The distinction between simple and complex partial seizures is critical, because the ability to drive, operate dangerous equipment, swim alone, and perform other activities usually has to be restricted in people with uncontrolled complex partial seizures. A third type of partial seizure is one that spreads widely to become a secondarily generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure.

During simple partial seizures, the person is alert, is able to respond to questions or commands, and can remember what occurs. During complex partial seizures, the ability to pay attention or to respond to questions or commands is impaired to some degree. Often there is no memory of what happened during all or part of the seizure. The distinction between simple and complex partial seizures is critical, because the ability to drive, operate dangerous equipment, swim alone, and perform other activities usually has to be restricted in people with uncontrolled complex partial seizures.

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