According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 3.5 million Americans are living with epilepsy, a condition treated by Muhammad Nayer MD at Tri-State Neurological & Sleep Disorder Center in Henderson, Nevada and Bullhead City, AZ. If you or a loved one has epilepsy, you understand just how disruptive and distressing the condition can be. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help. Book an appointment with Dr. Nayer today either online or by phone to explore your options.
Epilepsy is the fourth most prevalent seizure disorder in the nation. The chronic disorder causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. Epilepsy can be caused by genetic factors or a structural change in the brain, but there are many cases in which a cause cannot be determined.
If you or a loved one suffers two or more unprovoked seizures that are not attributed to a medical condition or low blood sugar, you may be diagnosed with epilepsy.
A neurological examination is the starting point for diagnosing epilepsy. Blood analysis can also be helpful to rule out other potential causes for your seizures.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is another diagnostic tool, and measures the electrical activity in your brain. Imaging tests including CT, MRI, and PET scans can also give Dr. Nayer more insight into your brain function.
Dr. Nayer develops a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Your journey might include medications to reduce the frequency of your seizures. Antiseizure drugs affect the neurotransmitters in your brain, reducing the electrical activity that causes seizures. Drug therapies come with a risk of side effects, however, and it’s important to understand the risks before beginning a new medication.
Another treatment option is vagus nerve stimulation. This approach uses a small implanted device to stimulate the vagus nerve on your left side, which runs from your brainstem to your chest and abdomen. That device sends electrical signals to your brainstem, reducing the frequency of seizures. This therapy is a good option for men and women who don’t respond well to anti-seizure medication.
Deep brain stimulation is another treatment approach. This option requires implanting electrodes into your brain that send small electrical pulses in a regulated rhythm. Those pulses can help control excess electrical brain activity, reducing the frequency of seizures.
If you’re in need of diagnostic or treatment services for epilepsy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nayer today either online or by phone.