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Seizures occur when nerve cells in your body misfire. Types of seizures vary. Recurrent seizures from one of many chronic processes are considered epilepsy. However, seizures are not considered to be epilepsy if they occur only once or are correctable.
Signs and Symptoms
What Causes It?
Seizures are caused by hyperexcitable nerve cells in the brain (cerebral cortex) that fire abnormally. No one knows why this happens.. The conditions listed below are associated with seizure activity.
What to Expect at Your Provider's Office
Precipitating events (for example, head trauma) and risk factors (for example, family or personal history of seizures) are important factors to be discussed with your provider. It is also important to note how you felt before and after the seizure. Your provider will do blood tests for baseline values and an electroencephalogram (EEG) to help in your diagnosis.
The goal of therapy is to stop seizures and to prevent recurrences. Diagnosing and treating any underlying condition is important at the outset. It also is helpful to identify and avoid anything that may be setting off the seizures, such as lack of sleep. Your provider will give you medicine to control the seizures. He or she will help you readjust to home life and work environment after a seizure.
There are numerous possible drugs prescribed for seizures. The one you take will depend on the type of seizure you have. Fifty percent of people taking these medications experience side effects. Some of the side effects are gastrointestinal complaints, weight gain or loss, hair loss, depression, insomnia, dizziness, and headache.
Over the Counter
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Some mild seizures may be controlled by alternative therapies.
Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Teas should be made with 1 tsp. of herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers; 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 to 4 cups per day.
The above herbs may be used singly or in combination as 1 cup tea three times per day or 30 to 60 drops tincture three times per day. In addition, use milk thistle (Silybum marianum) to protect the liver from effects of medications (70 to 210 mg three times per day).
Some of the most common remedies used for seizure disorders are listed below. Usually the dose is 12X to 30C every one to four hours until your symptoms get better.
Chiropractic, osteopathic, or naturopathic manipulation may be helpful, especially in children or for seizures after head trauma.
Acupuncture may be helpful with specific acupressure points that have been used to stop seizures.
Determining the best dosage or drug combinations is an inexact science; your provider will monitor you until your seizures are under control.
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