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Epilepsy is often difficult to diagnose initially. Anyone is subject to having a seizure. Because a person has a seizure does not classify that individual as one who lives with epilepsy. Epilepsy is best diagnosed by a medical physician. A physician may order several types of tests to discover if one is more subject to live with epilepsy or if a person had an isolated incident.
A person may be under the care of his family doctor to treat a seizure disorder. However, Neurologists are specialists who also treat people who live brain, spinal chord, nerves and muscles. Many neurologists focus on one of the disorders, such as a headache specialist. Those who live with epilepsy may be under the care of an Epileptologist.
Epileptologist limit their scope to those who live with epilepsy because there is such a demand for this type of specialist. The medical field is constantly finding ways to address this mysterious disorder. Most people who have been diagnosed are treated with prescription medicine.
If a person does not respond well to medicine another alternative is surgery. The surgery is often performed by a Neurosurgeon who specializes in surgery for the nervous system. There is radical surgery that involves cutting into the brain and removing the actual part of the brain that creates seizures. There are also alternative surgeries that are offered.