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Epilepsy Specialist

eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC

Adult & Pediatric Neurology Specialists located in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, and Rhinebeck, NY

Epilepsy affects as many as 3.4 million Americans, including nearly 500,000 children, according to federal estimates. The team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC specialize in epilepsy care and is proud to serve the communities of Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, and Rhinebeck, New York. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about epilepsy diagnostic and treatment services, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Epilepsy Q&A

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that brings on unprovoked seizures. You might be surprised to learn that epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy combined.   

There are many different types of seizures, and individuals with epilepsy can experience more than one type over the course of their lives. 

Seizures are classified according to their symptoms. The three major groups of seizures include focal onset, generalized onset, and unknown onset. 

What are the symptoms of epilepsy?

Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures. This may not result from a clear cause, and not all seizures present the same set of symptoms. Some things that can indicate epilepsy include:

  • Sustained rhythmic jerking motions
  • Muscle weakness or limpness
  • Brief muscle twitching
  • Muscle tension or rigidity
  • Repeated motions like hand clapping, chewing, or lip smacking
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • A sudden cessation of movement
  • Cognitive issues
  • Racing heartbeat

As you can see, not all of these symptoms are clearly synonymous with seizure activity. It can be challenging to get an accurate diagnosis for epilepsy.

What are some diagnostic options for epilepsy?

There is no cure for epilepsy, but treatment can lessen the severity of symptoms and support a positive quality of life. Crafting your personalized treatment plan begins with a thorough evaluation. 

The team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC offers several electroencephalogram (EEG) options to assess brain function. These tests detect electrical signaling within your brain. They gather this data using small electrodes attached to your scalp. 

Having an EEG is a painless experience. Some systems allow you to leave the office and go about your normal routines while the EEG device is connected. Another approach involves spending time in the office while electrodes are attached, sometimes even overnight. 

With inpatient or outpatient EEG monitoring, a video system records your movements as the EEG is performed. This allows your medical team to assess the external symptoms as well as the electrical activity within your brain as seizures occur. 

Treatment options include medication, special diets, or using a small, implanted device to control seizures. Surgery is also an option in some cases. The team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC specializes in treating intractable seizures, which are the most difficult to control. 

Learn more about epilepsy treatment during a personalized consultation. Booking an appointment takes just moments online or over the phone.  

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