Seizure Disorder Specialist

Green Leaf MD

Medical Marijuana Certifying Doctors located in Springfield, MO

Seizures are common and can occur after a stroke or trauma to the head. They can also develop from an unknown cause. Though anti-seizure medications are effective for most people with a seizure disorder, some people benefit from other treatments to manage the condition, including medical marijuana. At Green Leaf MD, the experienced team, which includes medical marijuana certifying doctor Shawn Stranckmeyer, MD, can determine if you would benefit from the alternative therapy for the management of your seizure disorder. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Springfield, Missouri, or use the online booking tool.

Seizure Disorder

What is a seizure disorder?

A seizure disorder refers to changes in the electrical activity in your brain. These changes may lead to changes in your behavior or levels of consciousness. They can also affect your movement and feelings. Epilepsy is diagnosed when you have more than one seizure.

The severity of your seizure disorder may depend on where in the brain it starts. And the abnormal electrical activity may last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Any seizure that lasts longer than 5 minutes requires immediate medical attention.

Seizure disorders are common, but with the right treatments, you can live a healthy, happy, and productive life. 

How are seizure disorders classified?

Seizure disorders are classified based on how the abnormal activity affects your brain and where the abnormal activity occurs. Seizure disorder classifications include:

Focal seizures

Focal seizures refer to abnormal brain activity that only occurs in one area of your brain. These types of seizures may or may not lead to loss of consciousness.

Generalized seizures

A seizure disorder that affects all the areas of your brain is classified as a generalized seizure. There are several types of generalized seizures, including absence seizures, tonic seizures, and clonic seizures. Each of these types of generalized seizures causes specific symptoms. 

Because you can’t predict when you’re going to have a seizure, the condition can put you in dangerous situations if one occurs while you’re driving, walking, or in the tub.

How is a seizure disorder treated?

Anti-seizure medication is the primary treatment for a seizure disorder. However, it can take some time to find the right medication that helps you gain control over your seizure activity. 

If medication fails to control your seizures, therapies and surgical intervention may be recommended. 

A compound in medical marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), has been found to serve as an effective treatment for Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are two rare and severe types of seizure disorders that affect children. The FDA recently approved a medication containing CBD for the treatment of these seizure disorders. 

Can medical marijuana help my seizure disorder?

Seizure disorders are a qualifying medical condition for the medical marijuana registry in Missouri. The experienced team at Green Leaf MD can discuss the use of medical marijuana for your seizure disorder during your consultation and determine if it’s a therapy that would benefit you. 

To learn more about the alternative therapies for the management of your seizure disorder, contact Green Leaf MD by phone or request an appointment online today.