Yesterday, I paid a visit to The Neurology Clinic at Baylor where they performed an Electroencephalogram (EEG). This test is used to find problems related to electrical activity of the brain. An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns. Small metal discs with thin wires (electrodes) are placed on the scalp, and then send then sends signals to a computer to record the results.
I have lived with epilepsy for my entire life but when symptoms presented themselves in the form of minor seizure activity (called aura), I had not a clue as to what the spells were caused by. I always knew that if there was a device that could monitor my brain activity during one of these spells, an experienced professional would detect immediately that something out of the ordinary was going on up there. Epilepsy presents itself in several forms and is typically a result of abnormal brain activity. The results may include abnormal behavior, sensation, and sometimes the loss of awareness.
EEG technology will find and track most forms of epileptic activity. The test is painless and actually quite relaxing (I got a 22 minute power nap in while the test was being conducted). The results will then be reviewed and discussed at my next neurologist appointment.
If you or a loved one have any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with a neurologist immediately.
Special thanks to Barbara who was my awesome EEG tech yesterday. You were a great sport!