There are various treatments available for epilepsy and seizures, including anti-seizure, anti-epileptic, and anti-convulsant medications. These are typically the first line of therapy and are often prescribed following a second unprovoked seizure. However, in some cases medications may be prescribed after the first episode in order to decrease the likelihood of future, recurring seizures. Such medications work for many people, but in some cases these medications fail or are ineffective. The Epilepsy Center will also be performing routine in-office EEG testing as well as extended EEG testing in our new outpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) where we will be able to monitor patients for up to 4 days continuously. Other options are available, particularly if the patient also presents with sleep disorders.
Seizures and sleep disorders are common co-morbidities. If a patient is being triggered into seizures by a sleep disorder like insomnia or sleep apnea, managing the sleep disorder may in turn help manage the seizures. This is why The Insomnia and Sleep Institute specializes in various common co-morbidities including sleep disorders, headaches/migraines, and neurological disorders like seizures. Taking a holistic approach to your health is always the best, safest, and quickest means of improving your quality of life. Seizures are life-threatening conditions and are especially dangerous in environments such as driving and cooking. Getting control over your seizures with the help of a board-certified professional is paramount to your safety.
To learn more about the association between epilepsy/seizures and sleep, get in touch with The Insomnia and Sleep Institute today. Here, neurologist Dr. Vimala Sravanthi Vajjala works specifically with patients struggling with seizures (as well as headaches and migraines) in order to help them manage the disease while improving their safety and quality of life. Contact the clinic today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vajjala.