Epilepsy is a common illness, but can be successfully treated if diagnosed. Most people respond well to the first medication they are treated with and tolerate the medication well.
Many disorders can mimic seizures and epilepsy. Fainting with twitching of the body is the most common mimic, referred to as Convulsive Syncope. If diagnosed, there is usually no effect on driving or work. Cardiac rhythm disturbances can cause seizure-like events, and, if identified and successfully treated, mean that an individual would not have a diagnosis of seizures any longer.
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Remember that if you have had a suspected seizure, you should not drive until evaluated. If you are diagnosed as having had a Single Seizure, you cannot drive for 6 months. If you are diagnosed with Epilepsy, you must be 12 months seizure-free before you can drive again. HGV licence holders have more severe restrictions. For more information on driving: www.gov.uk/government/publications/at-a-glance