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Neurological Conditions

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Treatment | Duchess County | Westchester CountyEpilepsy is a common condition that affects about 1-2 % of the population. It is characterized by recurrent seizures. A seizure is the clinical manifestation of a brief abnormal electrical disturbance in the brain and the symptoms in a given case depend on the region of the brain affected. Regardless of the type and severity, all seizures need to be taken care of promptly in a comprehensive manner because they can pose dangers during activities such as driving and swimming and affect the individual's quality of life.

Symptoms of Epilepsy

Depending on the region of the brain affected, a seizure can manifest as temporary confusion, loss of awareness, loss of consciousness, staring spells or convulsions. While the symptoms vary from patient to patient, recurring seizures usually take the same set of symptoms in a given patient.

Causes of Epilepsy

In about 50% of epilepsy patients, the cause is unknown. The other fifty percent have epilepsy due to a variety of causes including prenatal injuries, developmental disorders, genetic and certain metabolic disorders, head trauma, stroke, brain tumor, and dementia. Thorough diagnostic testing is indicated to determine the cause of seizures before treatment is initiated.

Testing /Diagnosing Epilepsy

Testing for epilepsy begins with neurological and behavioral examinations, and a series of blood tests. Specific neurological tests, such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) and Brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) are also routinely done for diagnostic assessment.

Treatment for Epilepsy

Treatment usually starts with appropriate medications in order to decrease the frequency of seizures. Medication (s) can usually be stopped after a few years, and a seizure-free life can then be achieved. If the seizures remain refractory to medications, surgical removal of the area of brain responsible for seizure onset is an option, provided the procedure does not affect major brain functions such as speech, memory and motor control. Some patients benefit by less invasive but effective surgical procedures such as vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) implant. A small subgroup of children suffering from epilepsy can benefit from a special ketogenic diet, which is high in fats and low in carbohydrates. In most cases the ketogenic diet can be discontinued after a few years allowing the child to lead a seizure free life. In all cases, in addition to seizure control, careful attention is paid to coexisting emotional issues and seizure related anxiety, depression and cognitive problems in order to achieve comprehensive care and enhanced quality of life.

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Migraine Headaches

Migraine Headaches Treatment | BOTOX Therapeutic for Migraines | Duchess County | Westchester CountyA migraine is a chronic type of headache that affects over 28 million people in the US, and causes severe pain that lasts from four hours to three days, and occasionally even longer. There are several different types of migraines, that may or may not begin with an aura, which changes the way patients see and may cause muscle weakness or a burning sensation on one side of the body for 15 to 30 minutes before the actual migraine occurs.

BOTOX® Therapeutic for Migraines

Migraine Headaches Treatment | BOTOX Therapeutic for Migraines | Duchess County | Westchester CountyAlthough most commonly known as a wrinkle-fighting agent, BOTOX® Therapeutic can also help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches in many patients, according to the American Headache Society. Migraines are often caused by a reaction to certain triggers, which activates a nerve and causes pain. By injecting BOTOX® into the skin, your muscles become temporarily paralyzed and the nerve is blocked, resulting in fewer migraines with little to no side effects. Patients receive BOTOX® injections once every three to six months, and some people may experience temporary neck pain and weakness from the injection. Although BOTOX® is not yet FDA approved for migraine treatment, it is being proven a safe and effective treatment in many studies.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment | Duchess County | Westchester CountyMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system which can gradually affect a patient's vision, speech, walking, writing and memory. This condition involves a wearing away of the myelin sheath, the protective covering of the nerves, which causes nerve signals to slow and the nerves themselves to become damaged. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease that is most commonly diagnosed in women between the ages of 20 and 50.

The specific cause of MS is unknown, although it may be a result of genetic factors. Like other autoimmune diseases, the body mistakes normal tissue as a foreign body and attacks against it. Since symptoms vary and can come and go, diagnosing MS is often difficult and can take months or years from when symptoms begin.

Treatment for MS is usually a lifelong process that involves different types of medications depending on the frequency and severity of symptoms. Medications commonly used for treating MS include corticosteroids, interferon, glatiramer and natalizumab. Physical therapy can also help patients manage the side effects of multiple sclerosis.

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage of the peripheral nerves, which branch out from the brain and spine to the rest of the body. It typically begins with pain, numbness, tingling, burning or weakness in the feet, legs and/or hands, and may progress to more serious conditions such as ulcers, pain and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Neuropathy | Duchess County | Westchester CountyPeripheral neuropathy may develop because of a nerve disease or as a side effect of an illness or medication. Common causes among Americans are diabetes, chemotherapy, chronic alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity and others.

Our physicians have undergone special training to treat peripheral neuropathy with the latest medical developments.

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