What to ask your doctor about epilepsy - adult; Seizures - what to ask your doctor - adult; Seizure - what to ask your doctor
You have epilepsy. People with epilepsy have seizures. A seizure is a sudden brief change in the electrical activity in your brain. It leads to brief unconsciousness and uncontrollable body movements.
Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of yourself.
Should I call you, or someone else, every time I have a seizure?
What safety measures do I need to take at home to prevent injuries when I have a seizure?
Is it OK for me to drive? Where can I call to find more information about driving and epilepsy?
What should I discuss with my boss at work about my epilepsy?
Are there any sports activities that I should not do? Do I need to wear a helmet for any type of activities?
Do I need to wear a medical alert bracelet?
What do I need to know about my seizure medicines?
How often do I need to see the provider? When do I need blood tests?
What should I do if I am having trouble sleeping at night?
What are the signs that my epilepsy is becoming worse?
What should others with me do when I am having a seizure? After the seizure is over, what should they do? When should they call the provider? When should we call 911 or the local emergency number?
Abou-Khalil BW, Gallagher MJ, Macdonald RL. Epilepsies. In: Jankovic J, Mazziotta JC, Pomeroy SL, Newman NJ, eds. Bradley and Daroff's Neurology in Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2022:chap 100.
Epilepsy Foundation website. Living with epilepsy. www.epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy. Accessed March 15, 2021.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 11/4/2020
Reviewed By: Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, FAAN, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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