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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
August 03, 2020
Category: Neural Issues
Tags: Epilepsy  

Does your epilepsy medication make you feel drowsy or nauseated, or even worse, fail to control your seizures? Treatment approaches that work well for one patient aren't necessarily the best choices for other patients. Your Winchester VA neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants offer treatments tailored to your condition and needs.

How to find the best treatments for you

Epilepsy doesn't just cause seizures but may increase your risk for depression and anxiety, mood and memory issues, fertility problems, learning disabilities, and migraines. The disorder can affect every area of your life from your social life to your ability to drive or work.

Treating epilepsy and the complications and challenges that can occur if you have the disorder requires a comprehensive treatment method and consultations with a variety of medical professionals. Fortunately, epilepsy centers offer access to a team of experts that includes neurologists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, epileptologists, and neurosurgeons. This includes the office in Winchester VA.

Your team will consider your lifestyle, the type of seizures you have, the medications and treatments you've tried before, and your general medical history when making treatment recommendations. During your visit to the Winchester epilepsy center, you'll also discuss your treatment goals. In addition to preventing seizures, you may also want to increase your energy level or improve your ability to focus at work or school.

Treatments may include:

  • Medications: Your treatment may involve one or two anti-seizure medications. Your doctor will weigh the effectiveness of the medication with possible side effects before prescribing medications.
  • Dietary Changes: The foods you eat may play a role in your seizures. Some people who have epilepsy benefit from following certain diets, including the Low Glycemic Index Diet, Modified Atkins Diet, or Keto Diet.
  • Therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, and other therapies can help you cope with your condition and make changes that will improve your life.
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS): Implanted under the skin in your chest, the VNS device sends mild electrical impulses to the brain via the vagus nerve. These impulses prevent seizures.
  • Clinical Research Trials: When you're a patient at an epilepsy center, you may be eligible to participate in research trials to test the latest epilepsy treatments.
  • Surgery: Surgery might be recommended if you don't notice an improvement in your symptoms after trying other treatments.

Are you unhappy with your current epilepsy treatment? Call your neurologists in Winchester VA at Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828 to schedule your appointment.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
February 24, 2020
Category: Neural Issues
Tags: Epilepsy  

As the fourth most common neurological disorder in the US, epilepsy can affect individuals throughout all stages of life, from infancy to adulthood. Also called a seizure disorder, this condition is the result of excessive and abnormal brain cell activity and disrupts the quality of life for the person who suffers. At Winchester Neurological Consultants, our practitioners work with a multidisciplinary team of experts to meet the full spectrum needs of all patients with this condition. The comprehensive treatment program they've developed has earned the highest rating as a Level 4 National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). If you have concerns about epilepsy, schedule a consultation at our Winchester, VA, office. Read on to learn more about this condition.

Understanding Epilepsy

Epilepsy affects everyone differently and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that vary in severity and duration. Seizures arise from a disturbance of electrical communication between neurons in the brain. During an episode, one can demonstrate abnormal behavior, change in feeling/sensation, or entirely lose consciousness. In addition to seizures, this neurological disorder can increase a person's risk for psychological, cognitive, social, and medical impairments, as well as anxiety, depression, migraine headaches, and learning disabilities. The condition affects everyone differently, and it's important to address symptoms early when they are most treatable.

Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy

Doctors aren't exactly sure what causes epilepsy but relate it to genetics, severe head injuries, tumors, stroke, brain infections, and changes in neurological structure. Different types of seizures range from mild to severe. You should visit our Winchester, VA, office if you frequently experience symptoms such as:

  • Staring off into space
  • Uncontrolled jerking movement of the body
  • Fear, anxiety, or dejà vu before a seizure
  • Loss of awareness or consciousness

Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment

At Winchester Neurological Consultants, our practitioners take a comprehensive team approach for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Through our specialized program, for both inpatients and outpatients, we offer diagnostic evaluations, expert medical care, dietary changes, and more. During treatment, doctors can pinpoint the location of the seizures, identify triggers, and create a custom care plan that is best suitable for your needs. Additional treatment depends on several factors which may include medications as well as device implantation.

Contact Us

If you would like to speak with one of our practitioners at Winchester Neurological Consultants, schedule a consultation to address any questions or concerns. For more information about epilepsy, our treatment program, or the other services we provide, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Winchester, VA, office, please call (540) 667-1828.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
November 08, 2019
Category: Neural Issues
Tags: Concussions  

A concussion is a serious injury. It’s important that you turn to a neurologist for care.

A concussion is a common traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results when there is a blow to the head. Concussions can result from car headacheaccidents, bad falls, or sports-related injuries. When the head sustains a powerful blow it jostles the brain around, which can damage brain cells and result in chemical changes within the brain. From the office of our Winchester, VA, neurologists, learn more about the telltale symptoms of a concussion and the treatments and rehab services we offer at our Concussion Clinic.

 

Concussion Symptoms Can Be Subtle

Not all symptoms of a concussion are obvious, and due to this, sometimes a parent or family member can often overlook these symptoms. It’s important that you seek medical attention right away if you or a family member is dealing with,

  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Changes in consciousness (e.g. suddenly sleepy; having trouble waking up)
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Dilated pupils
  • Double vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fluid draining from the nose and ears
  • Slurred speech, weakness in the arms or legs, poor balance

While these symptoms might not require immediate attention, it’s still important to monitor your child or a family member if they are dealing with,

  • Lightheadedness
  • Vertigo
  • Headache
  • Balance problems
  • Mood changes
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Slowed thinking
  • Trouble remembering or concentrating
  • Changes in sleep

After a head injury, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue are symptoms that usually appear immediately, while mood swings and other emotional symptoms may appear later.

 

Treating and Rehabbing a Concussion

Since all brain injuries are a bit different, the type of treatment you will need to recover from a concussion will also be unique to you. You will need to turn to a neurology specialist in Winchester, VA, who will perform a thorough evaluation along with neurological testing to determine the extent of the injury. From there, we can create a customized treatment plan.

Our very own Dr. Fowler has worked with athletes and other patients living within the Winchester, VA, area to provide them with concussion care after a sports injury or traumatic accident. She even provides local high schools with concussion care, which includes a 20-minute neuropsychological test that checks memory and reaction time to diagnose concussions. Concussions do not require surgery, but we can recommend certain medication, lifestyle modifications, and alternative therapies and rehab to help manage your symptoms.

We also offer,

  • Post-injury recommendations and advice for daily activities that are safe and which ones to avoid
  • Referrals for vestibular rehabilitation to improve balance and coordination
  • Assistance and monitoring throughout your rehabilitation to determine how to reintroduce you back into sports
  • Cognitive testing to detect long-term issues as a result of your concussion

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you or your child is dealing with a concussion in Winchester, VA, it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Turn to the experts at Winchester Neurological Consultants to create the proper treatment plan to help you heal as quickly as possible. Dial (540) 667-1828.