People Living With Non-Epileptic Seizures Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Louisiana
What are Non-Epileptic Seizures?
Non-epileptic seizures (NES) are categorized as seizures that occur without the unusual
electrical activity in the brain that is typically associated with epilepsy.
Seizures of all types qualify for Louisiana medical marijuana.
Non-epileptic seizures can be very difficult to diagnose because traditional scans and blood work often do not reveal the underlying cause.
What’s the Difference Between Epileptic and Non-Epileptic Seizures?
Epileptic seizures happen when neurons fire abnormally in the brain, where neural
activity is affected by changes within nerve cells that interfere with their
Non-epileptic seizures (NES) are not caused by unusual electrical activity in the brain, and instead are caused by either underlying conditions or occur because of unknown reasons.
What are the Symptoms of Non-Epileptic Seizures?
Seizures can have many different symptoms. Non-epileptic seizures can even have the
same symptoms as those brought on by epilepsy, although they are occurring without
the abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Non-epileptic seizures can be brought on by stress, a debilitating physical condition, and they can also be symptoms of another underlying condition.
Symptoms of non-epileptic seizures can include:
Difficulty with speech or movement
Loss of bladder control
Confusion or loss of consciousness
Jerking, twitching, or involuntary muscle movement
How are Non-Epileptic Seizures Diagnosed?
Typically the first goal in diagnosing NES seizures is to eliminate the possibility of
epilepsy, which can include scans such as EEG’s, MRI’s and CT scans.
After determining that epilepsy is not the cause of the seizures, it’s common for patients to undergo bloodwork to identify any underlying disease or condition.
How are Non-Epileptic Seizures Treated?
If there is no identifiable underlying disease or condition causing the seizures, psychotherapy is often the last line of defense for non-epileptic seizures.
Alternative therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy are sometimes helpful.
Unfortunately, non-epileptic seizures categorically do not respond to antiseizure medications, and often antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are prescribed, though results include a mixed bag of some successes and failures.
Can Medical Marijuana Help with Non-Epileptic Seizures?
Medical marijuana has been proven to be significantly effective for epileptic seizures,
and non-epileptic seizure disorders.
Especially for non-epileptic seizures, where traditional anti-seizure medications are ineffective, in many cases medical marijuana can help reduce seizures, or reduce stress that is causing seizures, as well as improving quality of sleep and mood. Medical marijuana has even been shown to improve cognitive function due to its neuroprotective properties.
Involuntary muscle twitches or contractions can potentially see substantial reduction with medical marijuana, as well as improved symptoms like convulsions, panic attacks, and most importantly, reduced stress—which is frequently an underlying cause of non-epileptic seizures
Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana for Non-Epileptic Seizures
Non-Epileptic seizures can be a scary condition to deal with, especially in cases where
convulsions or panic attacks are frequent.
Because medical marijuana may be a safe alternative treatment for seizure disorders, especially those not responding to anti-seizure medication, Louisiana approves seizures as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
To find out more about using medical marijuana for seizures, consult with our staff of qualified doctors that can help walk you through the path of getting medical marijuana
to help with seizures.
Our doctors can be reached at (833) 253-2943 to answer any questions you may have
Get Approved in Three Easy Steps!
Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.