Seizure Specialist

My Emergency Room 24/7

Emergency Room located in Abilene, TX

A seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity in your brain that can lead to anything from jerking limb movements to losing levels of consciousness. There are a number of issues that cause seizures, and most of them have one thing in common: You should seek medical treatment. At My Emergency Room 24/7 in Abilene, Texas, the team of health professionals is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to get to the bottom of your seizure. If you or a loved one has had a seizure, call the full-service emergency room or come in any time of day or night.

Seizure Q & A

What is a seizure?

If you have a sudden and uncontrolled disturbance in your brain’s electrical activity, this is known as a seizure. Seizures fall into one of two categories:

  • Focal seizure, which involves only one area of your brain
  • General seizure, which involves your entire brain

What are the symptoms of a seizure?

Most people associate seizures with violent, uncontrollable movements and shaking, but seizures take many forms. While many seizures do result in jerking movements of the body, especially in the arms and legs, some people may experience them in other forms, including:

  • Staring off into space
  • Loss of sensations
  • Confusion
  • Panic attacks
  • Different levels of loss of consciousness

The best way to know for sure whether you or a loved one experienced a seizure is to begin with a visit to My Emergency Room 24/7.

What causes a seizure?

The leading cause of seizures is epilepsy, which is the fourth most common neurological disorder. If you’ve had two or more unprovoked seizures, you’re considered to be among the 3.4 million Americans who have epilepsy.

The key to diagnosing epilepsy is the word unprovoked, which means there’s no precipitating medical condition or outside force that caused the abnormal brain activity.

This distinction is important because seizures can also be caused by:

  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes
  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Infection and fever
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Brain tumor

While it’s a good idea to get checked out any time you have a seizure, you should be especially vigilant about seeking medical care at My Emergency Room 24/7 if the seizure lasts more than five minutes, there’s a loss of consciousness, or there’s an underlying medical condition that bears monitoring, such as diabetes or pregnancy.

How are seizures diagnosed and treated?

The health care experts at My Emergency Room 24/7 are equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, including CT scans and an in-house lab, to help them zero in on your problem and make sure you get the treatment you need.

Once your doctor reviews your results and performs a thorough evaluation of your current and past health, they will be better able to address the underlying cause of your seizure or point you in the right direction for ongoing management of a seizure disorder.

If you or a loved one has had a seizure, call My Emergency Room 24/7, or simply come in at any hour for expert care.