Every year, patients and potential patients alike, look forward to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top ranking hospitals.
Attached is a link to their most current list for neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in the U.S.
“It’s as if I’ve miniaturized my body and gone inside the patient.”
A science breakthrough: Robotic neurosurgery.
This minimally invasive surgery avoids traditional drilling through the skull by using miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of tiny incisions.
They are mounted on three separate robotic arms — allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision and less trauma to the patient.
At the very best, finding the right anti-epilepsy drug is a crap shoot. There’s always the hope that this one will do it.
Or maybe adjunct therapy will work. Or, sigh, the side-effects derail you and you’re on to the next.
Is asking for seizure control too much?
Is it epilepsy or conversion disorder?
The term “conversion” comes from the idea that psychological distress is being converted into a physical symptom.
The cause is not known.
Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t plan on having epilepsy.
But here we are. And we all know that stress is #1 in the hit parade of seizure triggers.
And endless surveys prove the fact. Most people think of stress as being related only to unpleasant or sad times in their lives.
However, even “happy” stress can trigger seizures!
It’s amazing — and scary — how wildly drug prices can vary between pharmacies. And between name brand drugs and generics, especially when you don’t have insurance.
Here are some comparisons:
Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by of autoimmune antibodies.
Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.
I recently came across an article in an independent publication called “Weird Epilepsy Triggers”.
The article seemed awfully familiar to me at first — and then, sickeningly, I realized that the site had copied an Epilepsy Talk article.
Word for word…