A stroke can be a life altering event that requires weeks or months of recovery. Having a skilled neurologist coordinating your care helps ensure you regain as much function as possible. Because neurologists are specially trained to understand brain function and anatomy, as well as different types of strokes, they can help you understand what caused your stroke and develop steps to reduce the risk of a future stroke.Read More
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Epileptic seizures can be scary for both epilepsy patients and family members or others who are on hand during a seizure. Symptoms of a seizure can vary depending on the type of seizure and the patient. While most epileptic seizures are not emergencies, having an emergency response plan can help a person with epilepsy to stay safe and help others know when to call 911.Read More
Strokes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s – these neurological illnesses and others have serious implications for patients and families. As the command center of the body, your brain controls just about everything and is connected to an infinitely complex system of nerves. When something goes wrong with the nervous system, the entire body suffers and daily tasks become difficult. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with neurological disorder, our experienced neurologists can offer skilled care, comfort, and hope.Read More
A pounding head, waves of nausea, and intolerance for bright lights are some of the symptoms that can be brought on by a migraine headache. While the symptoms and intensity of pain vary from person to person, any migraine sufferer will tell you that the experience can be miserable.Read More
Whether walking in the park, enjoying a night out on the town, or spending a day at the beach, the warm summer months are a time to get up and move. For those suffering from Myasthenia Gravis, simply enjoying a meal or carrying a beach towel can become a challenge. June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, and at LeBauer HealthCare we want to educate our patients about this disorder, and the treatment options available.Read More
It’s easy to take your nervous system for granted. After all, it’s not something you really “use,” it just always works. But what about when your nervous system stops working like it should? This is reality for nearly 20 million Americans who suffer from Neuropathy. With symptoms ranging from weakness and numbness to issues with vision and hearing, neuropathy impacts patients with a variety of unpleasant effects. May 13-17 was National Neuropathy Awareness Week, and at LeBauer HealthCare, we are working to continue the mission of the week by educating the community on this condition, as well as how it can be treated.Read More
LeBauer Neurology is excited to announce their expansion that will include a new provider and location in February. LeBauer Neurology has been located at Suite 211 in the Wendover Medical Center and will be relocating to Suite 310 within the same building at Wendover Medical Center on February 2, 2015. The phone number and fax number will remain the same for the office. For more information and a map, visit our locations at www.lebauer.com.
LeBauer Neurology will also have another doctor joining them in February. Dr. Karen Aquino, an Epileptologist, specializing in the treatment of seizures. Prior to joining LeBauer Neurology, Dr. Aquino treated patients in an Epilepsy Care Center in Texas and served as the Chief Resident, Department of Neurology, at the University of Connecticut. Other activities include presentations at the American Epilepsy Society and the American College of Physicians Connecticut Chapter Conference, as well as, participation in research and publications. More of Dr. Aquino’s information can be located on the provider’s page at www.lebauer.com.
Epileptic support groups are helpful for navigating the common obstacles patients face such as sleep management, medication maintenance and making it to numerous doctor appointments. However, there are times when support groups don’t work for people with Epilepsy. Patients often live in rural areas or have circumstances that make it difficult to get to support group meetings. Dr. Jaffe and the LeBauer Neurology team work with patients to understand their obstacles and help them receive the most effective form of support. Various research initiatives and new programs at LeBauer are addressing the unique needs of Epileptic patients. This blog post will shed light on the latest developments that go beyond the traditional “12 step” support group for living with Epilepsy.
The CDC is working with U.S. universities and community-based organizations through MEW (Managing Epilepsy Well) to launch self-management programs and to create tools aimed at improving the everyday life for Epileptics.
LeBauer Neurologist Dr. Jaffe confirms, “ …Key components to treatment are support groups and self-management tools, along with being seen by your doctor as scheduled.” “These establish consistency, which helps patients with taking medications and staying on their treatment plan.”
Additional resources for support groups and information can be found here.
Making It Work
Dr. Jaffe works with patients who have transportation concerns due to living in rural areas, medical restrictions, age or mental illness such as depression. Patients who have co-existing mental illness often struggle with managing medications and appointments, but we can help. New research developments and self-management tools allow the patient to be more in control of their condition. These include online tools, telephone self-management programs and electronic decision support systems for clinics. According to Dr. Jaffe, these programs seem very promising.
If you or a loved one is dealing with epilepsy, contact LeBauer Neurology for more information about groundbreaking treatment options and support groups. We look forward to working with you.
The first response often makes a life-changing difference for someone who is having a seizure. Dr. Jaffe, along with the LeBauer Neurology team, educates patients and their families on ways to help when a seizure occurs. Even if you do not have a family member with epilepsy, it is important to be aware of ways to handle this emergency situation and keep a patient safe. The last blog posts from LeBauer shared information to help you recognize when a seizure is occurring, and this post will help you prepare to respond with ten simple steps.
10 Steps for the Seizure First Responder:
1) Keep calm and prevent injury.
2) Remove items that may get in the way of the person’s breathing.
3) Time the seizure with a watch to be aware of length of seizure.
4) Don’t hold a person down or put anything in their mouth.
5) Turn the person gently on their side to help keep their airway clear.
6) Only attempt CPR after the seizure ends and if the person is not breathing.
7) Stay present until the seizure ends naturally and the person is fully awake.
8) Do not offer the person water or food until seizure ends naturally and they are stable.
9) Be friendly and reassuring to them as they regain consciousness.
10) Offer to call a taxi or a friend/family member to drive them home, if needed.
When does it become an Emergency that requires you to call 911?
CDC shares information on different types of seizures and when to consider a seizure an emergency. Click here to learn more about when you should call 911.
Have you or a loved one suffered a seizure?
LeBauer Neurology is home to three board-certified providers. Specializing in complex neurological disorders such as epilepsy, they have the knowledge and skills to improve patients’ overall quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from seizures, contact us today. If not, we hope you will share this post in honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.Read More
National Epilepsy Awareness Month is all about elevating knowledge and working to improve the quality of life for those affected by this all-too-common disorder. This November, in addition to researching for possible treatments and a cure, LeBauer HealthCare wants to help people learn more about epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder causing patients to experience recurrent, random seizures. Our neurologists understand that there are several myths and misconceptions about this disorder that can be very inhibiting, both for epilepsy patients and the community at large. By addressing the common myths, we hope to move people towards understanding and compassion, while offering the highest level of care to those with epilepsy. Read on to have the top six epilepsy myths debunked.
People with epilepsy are disabled
One of the most common myths about epilepsy involves the publics perception of a patient’s limits. People with epilepsy are not disabled. They have careers, families and full lives. They enjoy sports, travel and other common activities. While most people believe otherwise, many epilepsy patients are not limited in any way. However, in some cases, if seizures are frequent and severe, a patient may not be able to drive until treatment begins to make a positive difference.
Epilepsy only affects children
Sometimes, epilepsy begins during childhood, however, this is not always the case. In fact, according to the National Epilepsy Foundation, seizures start for the first time in people over age 65 almost as often as it does in children. As we age, problems like stroke and heart disease can spark this condition.
Epilepsy cannot be managed
Great strides have been made in the treatment to control epilepsy. While there is still no cure, modern medicine has allowed for effective treatment, decreasing and often eliminating seizures for patients. Unfortunately, there are still about a million cases of uncontrolled epilepsy in the United States. LeBauer is committed to combatting this statistic through research and comprehensive patient care.
Epilepsy is a mental issue
Over the years, epilepsy has received an incorrect reputation as a mental disease. This is simply not the case. Regardless of the type of seizures a patient experiences, epilepsy is always a neurological disorder – completely uncorrelated with a person’s mental health. While there are physical implications, it is also important to remember that epilepsy is not a physical disorder, either.
People with epilepsy cannot drive
People with uncontrolled seizures or newly-diagnosed epilepsy may initially be unable to drive. However, in North Carolina, if the epilepsy is well-controlled, the patient is taking their anti-seizure medication as prescribed and is seizure-free for six months, they may resume driving.
Epilepsy is uncommon
Because people with epilepsy tend to lead normal lives, there is a common misconception that this is a rare disorder. This is simply untrue. In fact, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder affecting patients of all ages! There are currently more than 65 million cases worldwide, 3 million of those being in the U.S. People find it shocking that 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives, but it’s true! This is why it is more urgent than ever to spread the word, invest in research and provide high quality treatment.
Looking for an epilepsy specialist?
LeBauer Neurology has three board-certified providers that specialize in complex neurological disorders like epilepsy. If you or a loved one suffers from seizures, let us partner with you to make a difference. If not, we encourage you to share this blog post so more people can understand the prevalence and reality of life with epilepsy.Read More