Epilepsy And Seizures Specialist

Westchester Neurological Consultants

Neurological Consultants located in Yonkers, NY

Epilepsy affects people of all ages and ethnicities, and it’s estimated that more than 2 million adults and 450,000 children in America have epilepsy with seizures. Highly trained neurologist Emad Soliman, MD, MSc, and his outstanding medical team at Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York, expertly diagnose and treat epilepsy and seizures in patients of all ages. For those who suffer from seizures that don’t respond well to medications, Dr. Soliman offers other treatments as well in a compassionate, caring atmosphere. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Epilepsy and Seizures Q & A

Westchester Neurological Consultants

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells in your brain function abnormally, often causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, including loss of awareness of your surroundings. It’s a chronic disorder with numerous underlying causes that negatively affect different parts of your brain.

Epilepsy is generally characterized by unpredictable seizures that may cause other health problems, too. Dr. Soliman and his team accurately diagnose your individual condition through brain scans and electroencephalograms (EEGs) so they can prescribe the most effective treatments. Although there is no cure for epilepsy, some people outgrow it eventually.

What are the symptoms of epilepsy and seizures?

Epilepsy symptoms vary depending on which part of your brain is affected, but usually, you’ll have the same type of seizure each time. Symptoms can be different from person to person, but are similar between episodes for each individual, and may include any of the following:

  • Loss of consciousness or awareness of surroundings
  • Uncontrollable muscle movements
  • Staring into space
  • Temporary confusion
  • Tingling in your arms or legs
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Collapsing or fainting
  • Repeated or rhythmic movements of body parts, including your face
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

If you witness someone experiencing a seizure of any kind for more than five minutes, call 911 or seek immediate medical attention.

What treatment are available for epilepsy and seizures?

Once Dr. Soliman diagnoses your type of epilepsy, he prescribes the most effective treatments. In most cases, you can control epileptic seizures with medication. But, for those whose seizures don’t respond well to medication, a vagus nerve stimulator may provide relief.

This is a device that Dr. Soliman implants under your skin to stimulate your vagus nerve with electrical impulses. Your vagus nerves run from your brain stem down each side of your neck and into your abdomen. When you activate the implanted nerves stimulator, it sends electrical signals to certain areas of your brain to help control seizures and epileptic activity.

If you or a family member suffer from epilepsy and seizures and you live in the greater New York City area, the team at Westchester Neurological Consultants can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.