Epilepsy is a relatively common neurological condition which is largely characterised by frequent seizures, caused by electrical activity in the brain. These bursts of electrical activity can change the way the brain works and lead to a number of symptoms.
Seizures can affect people indifferent ways, depending on which part of the brain is involved. They can occur in sleep or when you are awake and may sometimes be triggered by something – for instance, being very tired.
Seizures can often involve:
There is a wide range of seizure types which are each largely characterised by a specific set of symptoms. These include:
Find out more about seizure types, here.
In most cases of Epilepsy, the exact cause is not completely understood. However, it is possible that the development of the condition maybe linked to genes, as around 1 in 3 people with epilepsy also have a family member with it.
Epilepsy may also be caused by brain damage, such as damage sustained through a stroke, a brain tumour or infection, severe head injury, drug or alcohol abuse, or a lack of oxygen during birth.
There are a number of treatment options that may reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, or in some cases, even stop seizures completely.
While these treatment options are often helpful, there are cases where even multiple treatment options may fail. Intractable or treatment-resistant Epilepsies, such as Dravet syndrome, Doose syndrome, and syndrome may not be responsive to traditional treatment. There is substantial evidence that medical cannabis products may be useful in reducing the severity and frequency of seizures in patients with these forms of treatment-resistant Epilepsy.
Our specialist physicians are experienced in assessing individual cases and helping to determine whether medical cannabis could be an effective option.