Letting your neurologist or epileptologist know about your past seizure episodes can help determine your future treatment. If you don’t remember what happens during a seizure, it’s important to bring a witness (someone present at the time of your seizure) who can describe it to the neurologist. If possible, capture a seizure on video and bring it with you to your next appointment.
You should be able to answer the following questions for your neurologist to help diagnose your epilepsy:
- When did you first experience a seizure?
- How often do your seizures occur? Are they frequent or occasional? (It helps to keep a seizure diary)
- Have you recently been experiencing a lack of sleep, unusual stress, or illness?
- Did you have any warning signs or symptoms before the seizure? Do you find certain events or conditions trigger your seizures?
- What happened before, during, and after the seizure?
- Were your muscles weak for the first few minutes after the seizure?
- Do you find you have a headache or feel confused or tired after a seizure? Can you speak clearly after your seizure?
Your neurologist will also review your medical history. Questions your neurologist may ask during your first visit are:
- Did you have any complications at birth?
- Have you ever had any head injuries?
- Did you ever have any seizures with a high fever when you were a child?
- Does anyone else in your family have seizures?
Good communication with your neurologist or epileptologist is important in achieving optimal seizure management and living a full life. Check out the Communicating with your HCP section for additional information and tips.