Epilepsy affects the brain and causes repeated seizures also known as fits. The cells in the brain, known as neurons, communicate with each other with electrical impulses. During a seizure, the electrical impulses are disrupted, which can cause the brain and body to behave strangely. The severity of the seizures can differ from person to person. Some people simply experience a ‘trance-like’ state for a few seconds or minutes, while others lose consciousness and have convulsions (uncontrollable shaking of the body).
Epilepsy is a long-term condition and, for most people, the outlook is very good. Symptoms can usually be controlled using medicines known as anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). It can take some time to find the right type and correct dose of AED before your seizures can be controlled, during which time, periods of 24-hour care within a care home, may be necessary.
Stonehaven’s specialist Epilepsy care team at Drake Unit work closely with your GP and the assessment teams to gain a clear understanding of your epilepsy and will provide good management of your seizures.