Seizures are sudden attacks of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that may cause dramatic symptoms or no symptoms at all. At Gables Neurology in Miami, Florida, Andrew Lerman, MD and his expert team offer novel approaches to seizure treatment. Dr. Lerman is board certified in neurophysiology from NYU - Langone School of Medicine and has years of experience diagnosing and treating seizure disorders and epilepsy. If you have seizures, call Gables Neurology, or request an appointment online today.
A seizure is an uncontrolled disturbance in the electrical activity within your brain. Seizures can noticeably alter your behavior, movements, emotions, and state of consciousness. Severe seizures can even cause you to fall to the ground and shake violently, while other seizures may be so mild that you’re unaware that they’re happening.
If you’ve had two or more seizures, you may have a condition called epilepsy.
The two primary categories of seizures include:
A focal seizure involves abnormal electrical activity in one part of your brain. If you’re aware that you’re having a seizure, it’s called a focal aware seizure. These seizures can change the way things look, feel, smell, or taste.
A focal seizure with impaired awareness involves a change or loss of consciousness. Individuals experiencing this type of seizure may stare off into space and stop responding, or they may engage in repetitive behaviors like walking in circles.
Generalized seizures affect all parts of your brain. There are many types of generalized seizures, including:
The most dramatic type of generalized seizure is a tonic-clonic seizure. Previously known as grand mal seizures, this type can cause an abrupt loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and tongue-biting.
First, your provider thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical and neurological exam. They may order several tests, such as:
These tests can help your provider determine the cause of your seizure and develop an individualized treatment plan.
Seizure treatment may not begin until you’ve had more than one episode or you’ve been diagnosed with epilepsy.
Dr. Lerman and the team offer comprehensive seizure care at Gables Neurology. Their goal is to mitigate your symptoms, minimize adverse side effects of anti-seizure medication, and help you experience a better quality of life.
Gables Neurology offers the most up-to-date seizure treatments, including:
Dr. Lerman applies a conservative, methodical, medical approach to assessing patients for medical cannabis eligibility. All patients who are prescribed medical cannabis must be enrolled in the Florida State Department of Health’s Compassionate Care Act.
To learn more about effective seizure management, call Gables Neurology, or book an appointment online today.