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Epilepsy

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder, involves recurring seizures caused by abnormal brain activity. Additional symptoms you may face include unconsciousness, muscle spasms and irregular behaviors. Your care may include medication, therapy or brain surgery.

Epilepsy and seizure care in Western North Carolina

As the main symptom of epilepsy, seizures can impact your life. We'll help you manage them.

At Mission Health Physicians, we have a team of skilled, compassionate epilepsy specialists who are board certified and prepared to gain a deep understanding of your condition. We understand how taxing and restrictive epilepsy can be on your daily life, so we work to help you take control.

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Epilepsy treatment plans

Once diagnosed correctly, our team of physicians, diagnostic technicians, nurses and hospitalists help you manage your seizures and understand your triggers.

Diagnosing seizures

Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that may cause seizures from tiny electrical impulses in the brain. Symptoms include weakness, muscle jerking and loss of consciousness. As such, diagnostic testing is critical for determining where seizure activity lies within the brain.

We use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans to detect brain waves, discover how best to care for your particular neurological disorder, and to determine what type of seizure you may be experiencing.

Focal seizures

Focal seizures occur when there is seizure activity in one part of the brain, such as the:

  • Frontal lobe, causing spontaneous movements
  • Parietal lobe, causing strange sensations on one side of the body
  • Temporal lobe, causing déjà vu or strange smells

Generalized seizures

Generalized seizures occur when activity is spread throughout the entire brain. Symptoms may include:

  • Blackouts
  • Muscle spasms
  • Shaking or jerking for a period of time
  • Stiffened muscles

In both cases, medicine is usually used to control seizures. The type of medicine varies based on your diagnosis. Our doctors can help you create a schedule and decide on a dosage that's right for you. Additionally, it may be determined that changing your diet or having surgery could be effective options for reducing seizures.

Healthbreak: Epilepsy treatment at Mission Health

Dr. Leslie Grayson, describes the specialized care Mission Health offers for patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition in which a person has recurring seizures.

Our Epilepsy Locations

Mission Neurology - Outpatient
1 Hospital Drive
Suite 3200
Asheville, NC 28801
 (828) 213-9530
Mission Neurology - Outpatient
1 Hospital Drive
Suite 3200
Asheville, NC 28801
 (828) 213-9530