Tag: seizures

10
Apr

Seizures

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures occur when neurons in the brain misfire. Some patients may have auras prior to the seizure which may consist of the following: changes in smell, sound, taste, vision, fear, nausea, déjà vu, and others. During the seizure, patient may stare off into space, have convulsions, or display other complex motor movements. Epilepsy can have numerous causes some of which include genetics, stroke, tumor, developmental abnormalities, metabolic disturbances, and reaction or withdrawal to medications. However, many times we do not know the reason. EEGs are often done to identify and better characterize the seizure. Sometimes this may also require ambulatory or inpatient monitoring. MRI of the brain is often done to rule out some of the causes mentioned in the above. Blood work and a physical examination is also necessary during the evaluation. Most patients respond well to medications and can live a normal life. When they are more severe, several medications may be required. Surgery and vagal nerve stimulation are more invasive methods used for patients with aggressive symptoms.

06
Feb

Tremors

Do Your Hands Shake?

Shaking of the hands or other body parts can occur for a variety different reasons. Common reasons may simply be consumption of caffeinated beverages, anxiety, or side effects to medications. At other times, tremors can be caused by more serious issues such hyperthyroidism, seizures, liver, and kidney dysfunction. Essential tremor is also very common condition seen in the office. Most people notice this when they are trying to do something with their hands such as holding a newspaper or glass of water. This tremor can also spread to other areas of the body as well. Fortunately, most patient’s respond well to medications.

When it comes to tremors, people often worry about Parkinson’s. This is neurodegenerative disorder that is not curable but definitely treatable. Patient’s with this disorder can have other symptoms such sleep disturbances and difficulty with balance. Not sure of what’s causing you to shake? Please call our office at 973-928-3288 for an evaluation.