Working with your GP

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Your G.P. is generally the first professional you come into contact with for all your medical needs and will normally be the person who refers you on to a specialist service for further investigations and a diagnosis. Often when a diagnosis is made it can take some time to sink in.

If you have concerns or queries about your epilepsy or treatment it is advisable to book some time to discuss these matters with your G.P. before your next consultant appointment. Bear in mind the G.P., or indeed the consultant, may not have all the answers to every question that you may have but they can understand your concerns and are well placed to discuss them with you.

It can be hard to know where to start when you have so many questions or if you don't know what you should or shouldn't be concerned about. All concerns and questions are valid - there is no such thing as a silly question - so it's always best to ask.

The Epilepsy Ireland App is a handy tool to keep track of all the various questions you want to as your medical team. The Checklist document at the end of this page may also be useful.

General Questions 

  • Why do I have epilepsy?
  • What caused my epilepsy?
  • What is my epilepsy called?
  • What is epilepsy?
  • What is a seizure?
  • Who develops epilepsy?
  • Will I always have epilepsy?
  • Will I always have seizures?
  • Can others in my family develop epilepsy?
  • Are there different types of epilepsy?
  • Is it harmful?
  • Will I get a warning before a seizure?
  • What if I vomit?
  • What about epilepsy in later years?
  • Will my child grow out of epilepsy?
  • How long should seizures typically last?
  • How would I know if I had a seizure in my sleep?
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