Epilepsy Talk

The Nightmare of Nocturnal Seizures

May 22, 2019
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According to an article in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, if more than 90 percent of your seizures occur while sleeping, you are said to have sleep seizures.

The article also notes that an estimated 7.5 percent to 45 percent of people who have epilepsy have some form of sleep seizures.

Since seizures occur in sleep during the night, it’s often hard to diagnose them, except for unusual movements at night, confusion upon awakening, bed wetting or falling out of bed.


Medical Marijuana — It’s Here to Stay…

May 19, 2019
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Let’s face it. The time has come.

Even the FDA has opened its eyes with new clinical trials.

Although the AMA chooses to keep their heads in the sand. For now.

It used to be popular to debate the merits and dangers of medical marijuana.

For example, it could lead to addiction. Like cocaine. (Oh please!)

But now, there’s clinically proven scientific proof, with more to come…

“After 4,000 years of humans taking cannabis for epilepsy, we have scientific evidence it works.” — Orrin Devinsky MD, Harvard University, on results from his team’s late-stage clinical trial of cannabidiol to treat Dravet syndrome.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…


The Great Debate — Medical Marijuana

May 15, 2019
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Even though the cannabis plant has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 2,737 BCE, it’s still a subject of hot controversy.

It appears to be a standing battle between politics and science.

The legality requires proof of medical marijuana’s effectiveness.

Reports of success are anecdotal.

Yet there are no funds for clinical trials and it remains on a back burner for further NIH funding and research.

(Wow. What a surprise!)


Head Injury and Seizures

May 12, 2019
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How many of you have had a car accident…an abrupt fall…a physical assault? 

If you are one of those people and you have suffered a head injury, the probability of seizure activity increases dramatically…

Seizures may develop immediately after an injury to the brain or may develop in delayed fashion, showing up months or years after the initial trauma.

Generally speaking, the risk of post traumatic seizures is related to the severity of the injury — the greater the injury, the higher the risk of developing seizures.

Even mild to moderate injuries can result in seizures.


Dating Disasters and Epilepsy

May 7, 2019
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When I was a teen I fell down, walked into walls, bumped into virtually everything in my path, and almost drowned in the shower.

So, you can imagine what a disaster dating was.

Of course, in my infinite wisdom, I would never tell my dates that I had epilepsy. 

My parents wouldn’t even utter the word, so rather than become a pariah, I kept my mouth shut.

Bad idea…


Chicken Soup for the Soul…

May 2, 2019
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I’m off to take care of my niece who has ongoing tonsillitis. 

To offer a little comfort and care.

And what better way than a batch of homemade chicken soup?

This recipe is relatively quick and easy to make.

Try it:


The Trouble with AEDs…

April 28, 2019
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At the very best, finding the right anti-epilepsy drug is a crap shoot. There’s always the hope that this one will do it.

Or maybe adjunct therapy will work. Or, sigh, the side-effects derail you and you’re on to the next.

Is asking for seizure control too much?

The good news is that many newer AEDs are better tolerated than the older, standard AEDs. Although they, too, come with side-effects.

Newer AEDs often cause less sedation and require less monitoring than older drugs.


Brain Surgery Alternatives

April 26, 2019
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“It’s not brain surgery.” And it doesn’t have to be.

There are a host of epilepsy procedures that are minimally invasive.

For example…


A New Life — From Epilepsy to Brain Surgery

April 23, 2019
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Leanne Chilton, triumphant author of “Seizure-Free: From Epilepsy to Brain Surgery, I Survived and You Can, Too!” is a proud survivor and has a wealth of wisdom to share.

“We can’t control the future,” she says. “But we can make every attempt to improve the quality of our lives.”


Brain Surgery – Questions to Prepare Yourself

April 19, 2019
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How many times have you heard: “Well, it isn’t exactly brain surgery.” Well this time it is.

And it’s your brain.

It’s a scary trip into the unknown. Thoughts are swirling around in your head: What will happen to me? Is this the right thing to do? Is this really the best surgeon for the job? What if it doesn’t work? Maybe I should put it off…

It’s really hard to be prepared for something as radical as brain surgery – either physically or emotionally. That’s why it’s important to gather all the information you can, before hand.

Remember: Knowledge is power.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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