When a neurologist evaluates whether your symptoms may be caused by seizures, you may be sent for EEG testing. The EEG may be a routine EEG, which takes about 30 minutes; or it may be a long-term EEG in the hospital in which you are on video so that several episodes can be captured. Since several other conditions cause symptoms that are similar to epilepsy, it is important to do this type of testing if your neurologist recommends it.
Some hospitals allow you to have someone stay with you. Each of your events must be reported by the push of a button. If you have no aura and need someone with you who can do this, ask about having someone stay with you.
Each hospital has particular procedures for video EEG testing. You should find out in advance whether you are to stop your medication before going to the hospital or whether they will stop your medication after the first day. If your current schedule with your medications is different from what is on your bottles, as is the case if your doctor changes your dose after you purchase your medication, it is important to inform the nurses of this when you check in. Some hospitals may be hesitant to follow instructions other than what is written on the prescription.
Take things to occupy you during your stay. The hospital may or may not choose to sleep deprive you. It is important to have things to keep you busy.
Ask people to visit you. Video EEG testing can be a stressful time, especially if your medication is stopped. Support from family, friends, and community can be important. This can be especially important if you are normally active. The time in the hospital will be very quiet compared with your normal lifestyle.
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