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Beyond Support Groups: Epilepsy Research and Programs

November 26, 2014 | Neurology

epilepsyawarenessEpileptic 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.

Introducing Self-Management

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.”

Emphasizing Support

There are online and in-person support groups that Dr. Jaffe, and the LeBauer Neurologists, recommend to their patients as part of an individualized 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.

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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.

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What if You Are the First Responder to a Seizure?

November 19, 2014 | Neurology, Awareness (Week/Month)

epilepsyawarenessThe 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.

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Debunking the Myths of Epilepsy

November 12, 2014 | Neurology, Awareness (Week/Month)

epilepsyawarenessNational 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.

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Epilepsy Awareness Month: What Everyone Should Know About Seizures

November 5, 2014 | Neurology, Awareness (Week/Month)

epilepsyawarenessRecurring seizures, or Epilepsy, is a condition involving abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This causes involuntary changes to body function and movement, along with other changes that lead to stigmas and misconceptions about the condition. At LeBauer Neurology, it is our goal to help Epilepsy and seizure patients experience an improved quality of life through managing this complex disorder.

Throughout November, Epilepsy Awareness Month, we will be featuring a series of blogs to educate the community about this disorder.

Comprehensive Care

LeBauer Neurology has three board-certified providers, Rebecca Tat, D.O., Adam Jaffe, D.O., Donika Patel, D.O., on the LeBauer neurology team who bring comprehensive care to the Piedmont Triad region. Our physicians are leaders in research and treatment of complex neurological disorders, applying today’s most advanced medication and cures. The LeBauer Neurology doctors want to help you recognize seizures and respond quickly and correctly, improving outcomes for children and adults. They want to end stigmatisms and misconceptions about seizure disorders.

With proper education, we can understand and improve lives through treatment and support.

Meaningful Education

Over the next several weeks, this series will focus on explaining more about Epilepsy and seizures, common misconceptions, what to do when seizures occur, and support available for patients and families. LeBauer Neurology’s Dr. Adam Jaffe, D.O., emphasized, “It’s important for seizure patients to recognize their symptoms are real, and that they can do the things they would like to do if they receive the right treatment plan.”

Treatments could include a range of things such as:

  • Testing to further understand symptoms
  • Stress management
  • Medication management
  • Improving sleep patterns.

“Each patient is unique and treatment plans are designed around the individual,” explained Dr. Jaffe.

Stay Informed         

Follow us in November for more information on Epilepsy Awareness Month. And, for more information about LeBauer Neurology services, treatment approaches and physicians, please contact us at 336.832.3070 or learn more on our Neurology center.

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LeBauer Neurology-ALS, Strokes, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers.

September 17, 2014 | Neurology, Awareness (Week/Month)

Neurology is a high-stakes field. 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, you need an experienced physician who can offer skilled care, comfort and hope.

With three board-certified providers, LeBauer’s neurology team brings comprehensive care to the Piedmont Triad region.  Our physicians are leaders in research and treatment of complex neurological disorders, applying today’s most advanced medication and cures. At LeBauer, we truly invest in your health – because when there’s much at stake, there’s much opportunity for life-changing, exceptional care.

As science comes to a fuller understanding of the brain and the central nervous system more completely, LeBauer neurology physicians are advancing to bring you the best in treatment options, cures and medications. We dedicate a significant amount of our resources to research, training and technology in order to provide better care.

For some, a trip to a neurologist begins with a headache. For others, it begins with a life-altering stroke. Whatever your situation, you’re looking for caring physicians who listen. Trust the most complex system in your body to none other than the expert physicians at LeBauer Neurology.

Dr. Adam Jaffe attended medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Upon completion, he completed a medical internship and a neurology-focused residency and fellowship. In 2011, he received the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Teaching Award – recognizing his outstanding performance as a teacher and significant contributions to the education of medical students. As a general neurologist, Dr. Jaffe evaluates and treats a wide variety of neurological disorders in adults including strokes, epilepsy, migraine headaches and others.

Dr. Patel attended medical school in Blacksburg, VA at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). She then completed an adult neurology residency and a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. During her education, Dr. Patel received several high honors including Cleveland Clinic Humanitarian of the Year and VCOM Student of the Year. She has also been published in several books, journals and presentations. Dr. Patel is a neuromuscular disease specialist who treats peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia, ALS, myopathy, as well as general neurological disorders. To LeBauer, she brings deep knowledge of complex neuromuscular disorders, as well as the latest treatments and cures.

A graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Tat attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Upon graduation, Dr. Tat completed an internship and residency in Neurology at Grandview Hospital and Medical Center and at the Wallace Kettering Neuroscience Institute, both located in Dayton, Ohio. She completed a fellowship in movement disorders and deep brain stimulation at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.

LeBauer Neurology is located at 301 East Wendover Avenue Suite 211, Greensboro, North Carolina.   If you are interested in what we treat, click https://www.lebauer.com/services/neurology/what-we-treat/ for more information and call 336.832.3070 to make an appointment. Our doctors would be happy to work with you, your family and primary care physician to develop the best treatment plan for your neurological condition.

 

 

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