Epilepsy is a severe neurological disorder affecting children as well as adults. The patient experiences episodes of convulsive body movements medically termed as seizures. The seizures are typically described and observed as spasmodic, irregular body movements, affecting various muscle groups of body. It may present with varying intensity and duration, and different groups of muscles in different individuals, at different times.
Usually, epilepsy or seizures arise due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain which is reflecting on different groups of muscles.
Epilepsy is a chronic disease having a tendency to decline periodically and for many years to life time, if not effectively treated.
The most common symptom of epilepsy is recurring paroxysm or seizures. Seizures are involuntary movements, like thrashing or jerking, or experiencing strange feelings or sensations, which can be associated with loss of consciousness or being ignorant of things happening around. One can experience and describe seizures in various ways, as it is often a subjective experience
It all occurs because the transmission of the electrical activity between the brain cells recess for a while manifesting as seizures. Seizures could be of various forms; but for a given patient they tend to be stereotyped.
Generally seizures can also be caused due to decrease in sodium salts from the body, or due to high fever or even due to hypoxia. The diagnosis could be stigmatizing and has implications for employment, insurance and driving.
Not everything that twitches is epilepsy; but tongue biting is very suggestive of epilepsy
There are several possible causes for epilepsy: They may be grouped as:
The seizures that the patient experiences are of diverse forms, they are categorized as below:
In this, the patient can lose consciousness, there can be twitching or jerking of one single part like twitching of facial muscles or twitching of fingers. It happens due to the pausing of the electrical movement in the brain, which can be in one part, or may move to another part or can stay in one area until the seizure is over.
Electrical disturbances occurrence all over brain at same time are generalized seizures. They are further categorized as follows:
Homeopathy is strongly suggested as supportive line of treatment along with conventional treatment, in most cases.