COMMUNICATING WELL FROM THE START
Getting the conversation started with your doctor
Living with partial onset seizures can be overwhelming and, at times, tough. But you’re not alone. Your doctor, as well as other resources and treatments, like LYRICA (pregabalin), are here to help you. Whether you are in the beginning stages of getting the right diagnosis or you’ve been managing and treating partial onset seizures for a while, working with your doctor is one of the best ways to get help.
WAYS TO WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR
PREPARING FOR YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT
Visiting your doctor’s office and communicating about your condition can be important, especially when you have partial onset seizures. Viewing your doctor as your partner will enable you both to decide the best course of action and help you get the most from your treatment plan.
Take a look at some ways to work with your doctor
Getting diagnosed and seeing a specialist
The first step to getting an accurate diagnosis is finding a doctor who has experience in diagnosing and treating seizures. Although partial onset seizures in adults is not a rare condition, some doctors are more experienced with it than others. If you do not already have one, it can help to find an epilepsy specialist, such as a neurologist or epileptologist. Your regular doctor can refer you to a specialist who works specifically with epileptic patients.
Prepare for your next appointment
Asking the below questions at your next doctor’s visit can help you get the conversation started. Write these questions down, and take them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.
- I take my epilepsy medication every day, but I still have seizures. Why?
- Could it help to take more than 1 medicine?
- Could LYRICA be a helpful addition to my treatment?
Take an active role in your treatment
Your treatment is an ongoing process. It’s very important that you are aware of how it is affecting you and that you communicate this information to your doctor. Any changes or additions to your treatment should be a decision you make together. Your doctor wants to hear about your seizures, experiences, and how you feel.
Ask your doctor if LYRICA can help treat your condition
Partial onset seizures in adults is a different type of seizure, so it’s very important to be specific about what you are experiencing. Your doctor may decide to add LYRICA to your treatment. For some adult patients with epilepsy who are already taking other antiseizure medicines, LYRICA can significantly reduce the frequency of partial onset seizures.*
Ask what types of treatment approaches may be right for you
There are many different types of epilepsy and different treatment approaches. While a particular medicine may help somebody with a certain type of epilepsy, it may not work for everyone. Many times, a doctor will need to prescribe more than one medicine or change doses before finding a combination that works. Take a look at some additional treatment options.
- Vagus nerve stimulation
The vagus nerve is a large nerve in the neck that runs to the brain. By putting short bursts of electricity into this nerve, seizures can be prevented. This treatment requires a battery to be implanted under the skin, usually in the chest.
- Changes in diet
Your doctor may suggest a ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet is very high in fats and low in carbohydrates. It forces the body to burn fat instead of sugar. When monitored by a healthcare professional, this diet has been shown to reduce seizures.
- Treating with more than one medicine
Many people find relief from epilepsy with just one medicine. But up to 40% of people (adults) taking just one medicine for epilepsy treatment still have seizures. Even people who are taking 2 or more medicines may continue to have seizures.
- Surgery may be required
When medicines fail to treat a person’s seizures, surgery may be an option. Surgery usually involves removing the area of the brain that produces the seizures. New surgical techniques have made these operations more successful.