Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
An electroencephalogram, or EEG, records the electrical activity generated by your brain cells. The procedure is not painful. Most of the time, we order EEGs to look for seizures, which create electrical abnormalities in the brain. We also use EEGs to assess other issues, including head injuries and changes in the brain that may be causing problems with cognitive function.
Ideally, we conduct an EEG during 3 different stages of consciousness: when you are awake, drowsy, and asleep.
Preparing for the test
Deprive yourself of sleep the night before the test. If possible, sleep for only 4 or 5 hours. Lack of sleep increases the chance that seizure activity will show up during the test. You may fall asleep during the test, and some seizure patterns are much more visible during sleep. Don't consume anything containing caffeine within 6 hours of the test.
Before the test
We perform EEGs in our medical offices. Most tests take around 45 minutes.
We record the electrical activity of the brain with the help of small metallic discs called electrodes that we attach to your scalp.
Before the test, we measure your scalp to determine where to place the electrodes to ensure an accurate reading. We then ask you to lie down on an exam table. We will prepare you for the procedure in the following way:
When we perform the EEG while you are awake, we will turn on the recording machine and check on you to make sure that your eyes are open and that you are fully awake. We will ask you to breathe rapidly for a minimum of 3 minutes. Hyperventilation causes predictable changes in the brain wave activity that we want to study as part of the test.
We will also place flashing lights in front of your face. The rate at which the lights flash varies from 3 to 34 times per second. We can record your brain's responses to these flashes, which helps us better understand its functioning.
Drowsy and sleeping EEG
We will ask you to get comfortable and try to fall asleep. Ideally, we will continue to record electrical activity as you become drowsy and fall asleep. We continue recording until you are in a deep phase of sleep.
After the test
When the EEG is finished, the technician will gently wake you up and remove all electrodes from the scalp. There will be some residual paste in the scalp afterwards, so you'll need to shampoo your hair when you get home.
It takes about a week to analyze and review the electrical activity recorded during the test. Once I have the results, I will contact you to discuss them and consider the next steps.
If we decide that you need an EEG, someone from my office will call you to schedule a convenient appointment. Your procedure will be performed in the Neurology department by a technician who specializes in EEG procedures.
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When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments over time. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
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If we decide together that your condition would also benefit from the care of other types of specialists, our staff will help arrange the appointment(s) with one or more of my specialty colleagues.
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