Unless you have epilepsy, it is impossible to truly understand the challenges of living with seizures. The impact can touch many aspects of your life.
It is important to learn as much as you possibly can about epilepsy and its symptoms. By knowing the facts about epilepsy, such as how many people have epilepsy and current treatment options, you can be more prepared to deal with epilepsy and may feel less alone. Did you know?
Helpful information is being published all the time. To learn more, visit the Epilepsy Foundation® Web site.
Today there are many different treatment options for epilepsy for you and your doctor to choose from. The choice of medicine is specific to each person and depends on:
It may take time to find a treatment plan that works for you. Be patient and remember to:
Always talk with your health care provider before you do anything different with your medicine.
A seizure trigger is something that can cause you to have a seizure. It is a good idea to keep track of events that may be related to your seizures in your seizure diary, such as how you were feeling or what you were doing leading up to a seizure.
Keeping a positive outlook and focusing on the things you can do, are the keys to developing a strong sense of self-esteem and independence. Here are a few tips for coping with epilepsy, day to day.
Take your medicine exactly as prescribed, without missing any doses. The more closely you stick with your treatment plan, the better your chances of reducing the frequency of your partial-onset seizures.
Driving with epilepsy can certainly have its challenges. When it comes to driving, every state has different laws and regulations. To find out your state's driving regulations, click here.
Keep a seizure diary to track the frequency, and if you’re able to, the duration of your partial-onset seizures.
You may be able to live an active lifestyle if you have epilepsy, but be sure to talk with your doctor first to find out which activities are okay.
Safeguard your home to take extra precaution from accidental injury. Use plastic containers rather than glass, avoid cooking over an open flame, consider carpet over hardwood flooring for soft cushioning, and avoid locking bedroom and bathroom doors, just in case.
Let others know you have epilepsy by wearing a medical ID bracelet with the word epilepsy on the back, or carry a card with instructions on what to do if a partial-onset seizure occurs.
In addition to your medication, following a ketogenic diet for epilepsy may help to control seizures in some people. The ketogenic diet plan is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. When carbohydrates are not available to the body for fuel, fat becomes the primary fuel instead. When the body uses fat for its source of energy, ketones are formed. Higher ketone levels in the body may help improve seizure control.
Remember to talk to your doctor about an epilepsy diet plan that could help reduce the frequency of your seizures.
Sometimes coping with the reactions of other people can be the most difficult part of living with epilepsy. While epilepsy is more common than most people realize, it is often misunderstood. This is partly because partial-onset seizures can happen abruptly, leaving others feeling afraid or uncertain of what to do or how to help.
The more epilepsy education you can give those around you, the more support you’ll have in the long run. Remember, the people in your life care about you. So keep a positive outlook, a strong sense of self-esteem, and be your own best advocate.