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. my father had epilepsy. Can pinched nerves cause epilepsy? . How can I get rid of my father’s worries? And what medicine is right

1 Answer:

Hi, Evander.

Thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com.

Epilepsy is a condition in which a person experiences a seizure (it can be in the form of repetitive movements or doing the same activity continuously) which occurs periodically. The exact cause of epilepsy is unknown at this time. Some of the factors that are thought to trigger the onset of epilepsy are genetics, congenital abnormalities (from birth), infections, trauma, strokes, tumors, and developmental disorders in children.

Regarding a pinched nerve, this term is usually used in a situation where the nerve that comes out of the spine is pinched by the structures that are around it (for example, the bone). If a pinched nerve is what you mean, then you can say that a pinched nerve cannot cause epilepsy, because epilepsy is a disorder that is centered on the brain while the pinched nerve is located in the spine.

Both you and your father need not worry because most epilepsy can be well controlled with good care from current doctors. We advise you to consult a neurologist. The doctor will carry out question-and-answer activities regarding related conditions, physical examinations, and supporting examinations deemed necessary. Some of the tests that may be done such as blood tests, X-rays of the head, EEG (record of electrical activity of the brain), and other tests deemed necessary. The examinations that are carried out are intended to establish the diagnosis and find the cause of the condition being experienced, if any. After the diagnosis is established, appropriate treatment can be given in accordance with the conditions experienced.

For now, a few things you can do:

- monitor the pattern of the awakening that occurs (for example, is there a specific movement that is typical, when does the awakening occur, is there any accompanying symptoms, is there a trigger for the awakening)

- Seek immediate medical attention in case of an outbreak

- avoid shocking situations

So, hopefully this is useful.

dr. Setiawan Winarso

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