Living day-to-day life is always a
journey. Learning to live a normal life with epilepsy can be a struggle, but
with the right treatments and care it doesn't have to control your life.
Even if your treatments seem to be
taking you nowhere, do not get discouraged. Epilepsy can be complex, so asking
the right questions can help define what type of seizures you are having and
take you to a new direction of discovering the many options you have to treat
Know Your Triggers
Epilepsy affects people of all ages,
races, and gender. It can originate from a range of things – birth defects in
the structure of your brain, head injuries, or even strokes and tumors. Similar
to the spectrum of the disorder, many different factors can come into play for
one person with epilepsy that might not affect another.
There are many triggers out there that
affect people with epilepsy. Recognizing them can help you specify what may
cause a seizure.
- Lack of sleep or change in sleep habits
- Strenuous physical activity
- Stress-related mood changes
- Loss of breath or heightened breathing
- Physically bothered by flickering lights or strobe-like
Some people with epilepsy have a
distinct, sometimes unpleasant, feeling that a seizure is coming. These early
warnings are called "auras." They could be bodily sensations,
disorientation with the outside world, or a difficulty in interacting with
things around you. Knowing and recognizing your auras, should you have them,
are also key to being prepared for an oncoming seizure.
Keep a Journal
The best way to know what triggers your
seizures is to keep a detailed calendar and notes as they happen. This can be
utilized not only to help you, but also your doctor and loved ones in
preparation for future incidents.
Keep a record of how you feel mentally
and physically before, during, and after a seizure. Talk to friends, family, or
coworkers who might be around at the time of a seizure to help them understand
triggers that you cannot see yourself.
Each case of epilepsy is different and
varying combinations of symptoms can help further define your particular type
of epilepsy. Over time you can begin to see patterns of what triggers are
affecting your seizures. This helps to prepare you for a healthier future.
Lower Your Risk
Seizures can happen anywhere at
anytime. With some basic precautions you can help yourself and others be
Minimize Stress. This
is a good thing to achieve, not only for epilepsy, but also for all facets of
life. If stress is a problem for you, find new ways to relieve the tension. Two
common ways to relieve stress are meditation and yoga because of
their relaxation techniques. Not only does yoga help with calming tension, but
it's also a good way to stay fit while exercising your body and mind.
for all people, sleep is especially vital for those with epilepsy. Make sure to
be well rested. Sleep disturbance may escalate the amount of seizures in
certain epileptic circumstances. Keeping a record of your sleep patterns can help
determine what sleep habits are right for you. If you feel that you may have a
sleep disorder, contact your doctor. Many times sleep problems make it harder
for an individual with epilepsy to minimize seizures or find treatments that