DID YOU KNOW
About half of all seizures
are partial seizures,
making them one of the
most common types
GETTING A DIAGNOSIS
DIAGNOSING PARTIAL ONSET SEIZURES
If you have partial onset seizures, you know how much it can affect you. Besides the seizures themselves, the unpredictability of when your next seizure will happen can be extremely unnerving and scary. If you think you might have partial onset seizures, talk to your doctor immediately.
If you’ve had a seizure, your doctor will want to know about all the circumstances surrounding the seizure. This is because certain temporary conditions can cause seizures, such as head injury, exposure to certain drugs, a high fever, or abnormal levels of glucose or sodium in the blood. So be sure to tell your doctor about the details surrounding your seizure. Your doctor will also want to know how often these seizures occur.
A few ways your doctor may diagnose partial onset seizures
A complete medical exam and evaluation
When a doctor sets out to diagnose the cause of seizures, he or she follows several steps. To start, doctors will complete a full patient history and then perform a neurological exam. Next a doctor may do a blood test and other clinical tests to rule out other conditions, such as fainting, hypoglycemia, or non-epileptic seizures. Finally, a doctor will determine if the symptoms fit a recognized syndrome.
Tools your doctor may use
A careful exam and a thorough medical history are always the first steps. But many times a doctor may use tools such as an electroencephalograph (EEG). This is a machine that records brain waves. Brain waves during a seizure may show patterns that indicate epilepsy.
A doctor may also order other scans, such as a CT (computerized tomography) scan or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, to look for scars or growths on the brain that may cause seizures.
Work with your doctor to treat partial onset seizures with an add-on
There are medicines that can help control seizures. But many people who take 1 or even 2 or more of these medicines still have seizures. Once your doctor knows about your symptoms, he or she may suggest an adjunctive (add-on) therapy, such as LYRICA (pregabalin).
LYRICA is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an adjunctive treatment for partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy.