Know Before You Go
There is useful information to provide to your physician to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Before your appointment, do the following:
- Fill out a medical history and seizure calendar
- Write down specifics about each of your seizures: when and where it happened; how long it lasted; what type of seizure; unusual circumstances such as increased stress, unusual activities, menstruation, etc.
- Know when you experienced your first seizure.
- Note if you have any symptoms before you experience a seizure.
- Keep track of personal information such as any changes in diet, changes in your life, stresses, happy occurrences, etc.
- Bring your epilepsy medications to each neurologist visit.
- Prepare a list of any medications, including vitamins or supplements that you are taking.
- Keep track of your sleeping patterns; a lack a sleep can bring on epileptic seizures.
DON'T LEAVE YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE BEFORE GETTING THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:
- What is the type of epilepsy that I have?
- Is it temporary or do you expect that I will continue to have seizures?
- Do you know what might be causing my seizures?
- Can you explain to me all my possible treatment options?
- Which option do you recommend? Why?
- How can I prevent myself from getting hurt during a seizure?
- How will I know that the medication (treatment) is working and what should I do if it is not working?
- have other health conditions, how do I manage all of my health problems together?