How many of us have heard: “Your EEG is normal. You’re fine..”(“It’s all in your head?”)
I know of people who have had 5 EEGs, only to be properly diagnosed when they finally had Video EEG Monitoring. So if someone is trying to pass you off or is ignoring your symptoms, perhaps you should become a little more familiar with your diagnostic options…
People with Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or addictions may be able to learn how to ‘think themselves better’ by altering their brain waves to improve their symptoms.
A new form of treatment called neurotherapy (also known as neurofeedback) is similar to biofeedback but has a unique focus on controlling brain wave activity rather than skin temperature, heart rate, breathing and muscle tension.
Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to treat or prevent disease.
In the future, this technique may allow doctors to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into a patient’s cells instead of using drugs or surgery.
Researchers are testing several approaches to gene therapy, including:
Just because you have a parent, sibling, cousin or aunt who has epilepsy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it also.
In fact, if you have a close relative with epilepsy, the chance of you having epilepsy is only about 2-8%, depending on the specific type of epilepsy.
The risk in the general population is about 1-2%. On the other hand, there is a 92-98% chance for the close relative of someone with epilepsy to NOT have the same condition!
The U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of hospitals is considered the pre-eminent source for excellence.
For the 2016-2017 evaluations, 50 pediatric centers were ranked for serious neurological problems.
Here are the top-ranked centers for children with serious neurological problems, ranked in order.
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.