Researchers estimate that about 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. At Carolina Neurology Center, PLLC, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, board-certified neurologist Aneeta Gupta, MD, DM, works with people of all ages to diagnose and treat epilepsy. Using advanced methods of care, including the vagus nerve stimulator, she can ease uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects the way your brain functions. Abnormal brain activity caused by epilepsy can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness, periods of unusual behavior, and unpleasant sensations.
Epilepsy affects people of all ages, races, and sexes. Some individuals require lifelong treatment of epilepsy, and others grow out of the condition as they age. Although epilepsy is serious, it’s possible to manage the symptoms with prescription medications, implants, and in some cases, surgery.
The most obvious symptom of epilepsy is a seizure. Telltale signs of a seizure include:
If you or a loved one experiences a seizure that lasts for longer than five minutes or the seizure results in a high-fever, don’t wait to seek medical treatment. It’s also important you visit the doctor if you have a seizure and you’re pregnant or have diabetes.
To diagnose epilepsy, Dr. Gupta reviews your medical history and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Next, she conducts a neurological exam that tests your motor abilities, mental function, and behavior. Dr. Gupta also orders blood tests to determine if you have an underlying genetic condition or signs of infection.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, Dr. Gupta might recommend an electroencephalogram (EEG). An EEG records your brain activity using a series of electrodes. The electrodes detect abnormal brain patterns while you’re asleep and awake, providing valuable insights about your neurological health.
Treatment for epilepsy depends on the severity of your symptoms and your medical history. Dr. Gupta usually recommends conservative, integrative methods of care, including prescription medications and healthy lifestyle changes.
Dr. Gupta also offers vagus nerve stimulation. This type of treatment involves Dr. Gupta surgically implanting a small electrical device underneath the skin of your chest. Next, she connects wires that run from the device to the vagus nerve in your neck. Once placed, the battery-powered tool sends electrical impulses through the vagus nerve and into your brain. This advanced treatment technique can reduce the incidence of seizures by 20-40%.
To learn more about your treatment options for epilepsy, schedule an appointment at Carolina Neurology Center, PLLC. Call the office or book online today.