Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, you'll probably be referred to a doctor who specializes in nervous system disorders (neurologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for the appointment.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms your child is experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to seizures.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you or your child takes.
  • Write down questions to ask the doctor.

Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For absence seizure, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of these symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes?
  • What tests are needed? Do these tests require special preparation?
  • Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What side effects might I expect from treatment?
  • Are there alternatives to the treatment you're suggesting?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
  • Can my child also develop the grand mal type of seizure?
  • How long will my child need to take medication?
  • Do I need to restrict activities? Can my child participate in physical activities, such as soccer, football and swimming?
  • Do you have brochures or other printed material I can take? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you have.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did the symptoms begin?
  • How often have the symptoms occurred?
  • Can you describe a typical seizure?
  • How long do the seizures last?
  • Is your child aware of what happened after the seizure?
Jun. 03, 2014

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