Epilepsy is a disorder of your central nervous system that causes you to have repeated seizures (sometimes called fits).
Cells in your brain communicate with each other using electrical impulses. During a seizure these impulses are disturbed, causing your body to move or react in an unusual way.
There are many different types of seizures ranging from simply “feeling strange” to losing consciousness and convulsions (jerking or rapid shaking).Since seizures can also be caused by other medical conditions such as low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia), it is important to get an accurate diagnosis.
Your GP will refer you to a specialist consultant to confirm your diagnosis. They may recommend a blood test and electrocardiogram (ECG). An MRI or CT scan of your brain and an electroencephalogram (EEG) may also be ordered.
For more information on epilepsy including support following a diagnosis visit Epilepsy Society website.
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