It is estimated that up to 5% of Australians will experience a seizure at some stage of life. If someone has a seizure, it is essential that medical professionals find out as much as possible so they can identify whether the person has had a ‘one-off’ seizure, or has epilepsy( unprovoked seizures that occur more than once), or has one of a number of conditions that can easily be mistaken for epilepsy.
It is important in the early stages of a pending diagnosis to develop a strong partnership with your health care providers. For tips on how to prepare for appointments and make the most of your time with your doctor read our article in Epilepsy 360˚ Magazine Partners in Health – you and your doctor or download the Seizure Smart Factsheet You & Your Doctor.
The following sections will offer a greater understanding of the medical tests used to help establish a correct diagnosis and the variety of treatments available.
- Medical Management
- Surgery for Epilepsy
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
- Ketogenic Diet
- Complementary Therapies