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Laugh a little — it’s good for you — and your seizures! | October 17, 2015

They say that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Well, believe it or not, it could help your EEG results!

For example, scientists traced the brainwave activity of people responding to funny material. They were hooked up to an (EEG) and their brain activity was measured when they laughed.

In each case, the brain produces a regular electrical pattern. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, an electrical wave moves through the cerebral cortex. If the wave takes a negative charge, laughter results. If it maintains a positive charge, no response is given at all.

Next, the left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke. The right hemisphere “gets” the joke. The visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images. The limbic (emotional) system makes you happier and the motor sections make you smile or laugh.

Also, laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

It also dissolves negative emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

So how about a laugh or two? Tell us your favorite funny movie, or a good joke!

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  1. I totally agree with laughing helps epilepsy. It has made it easier for me. But I am lucky to have acquired my Dads sense of humour… But I wanted to ask you, can I take piriton with Keppra as I have been on Keppra 3000mg daily & im itching a lot, plus not sleeping. And I know this helps. Please reply because I’m needling just 1 night of good sleep. I also have encephalitis. I was prescribed Chlorophenamine before I had the seizures but haven’t taken them since, with other meds ie gabapentine,cocodamol,adcal & lansoprazole. But I am now feeling I need to take piriton again. Thankyou for reading this. And please give me some advice on this subject.


    Comment by Elizabeth Masterman — October 24, 2015 @ 12:31 AM

  2. Laughter goes a long way, but doesn’t replace sleep, and unfortunately insomnia is a side-effect of Keppra. I don’t know about the itching.

    But maybe you could ask your doc if you could split your dose of Keppra, if you take it close to bedtime. (I did that with Lamictal and it did wonders.)

    As for the other drugs, I don’t have any intelligent information.

    But would you consider Melatonin to help you sleep?

    Scientifically speaking, Melatonin is a hormone synthesized from serotonin, the “feel good” hormone.

    It’s secreted from the pineal gland (a pea-sized gland, near the center of your brain) over an exact 24-hour cycle.

    Around bedtime, Melatonin rises, so you feel sleepy. Then the secretion of Melatonin falls during the night, and by morning, levels are low.

    Here’s some more info:

    Epilepsy and Melatonin – Yes? No? Or Maybe So?


    Regardless, I would talk to our neuro about the Keppra dosage and to see if Melatonin is right for you.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 24, 2015 @ 10:28 AM

  3. well I am also on 3000mg of kepra and 400mg of Dilantin and I do know that stress does cause seizures I am 47 and I found out at 14 years old that I had seizures and these last 6 months have been bad for me and my seizures but I have had a lot of stress also but until now for the most part I had my seizures under control but not lately until now this year no matter what the stress I have never had a seizure cause of that it has either my Dilantin levels were low cause of being sick my potassium was low or when they came out with generic Dilantin I had seizures back to back and was in the hospital from falling during a seizure and I was constantily having seizures back to back but I dislocated shoulder from falling also a fracture torn ligaments and a spinal sprain and it took them a week to find out my body wasnot accepting the generic Dilantin they said we know you are taking it cause we are giving it to you they couldn’t figure out why every time they did my lab work the medicine was almost non existent in the labs it had the doctor concerned then they said lets just try something lets give you the brand name and see what happens so they did and my levels started coming up almost instantly that’s also when they added keppra I take 2 750 mg pills in the morning at 3 am and 2 100 mg Dilantin also at 3 pm I take the same again they said I needed to take it 12 hours apart to get the best results so I have set an alarm on my phone to remind me also I bought a 7 day pill holder with slots to take it 4 times a day if need be cause on top of that I take thyroid medicine and I have to wait at least 3 to 4 hours after eating and then wait 30 minutes after I take it for it to work properly thyroid medicine has to be taken on an empty stomach and not with any supplements or food or milk or other medicines I had to find that out from a friend I met that I was taking it wrong neither the doctor or pharmist told me that my sister was on the medicine before me and she took hers with food and other medicines but back to the subject just about 6 months ago I had a seizure and when they did the labs everything was normal I never believed I could have a seizure from stress until then so I told my 21 year old daughter that she has to learn to control her temper and has a month to get a job and find her own house I love her but she was causing too much stress also I have a 12 year old son I have to take care of he was getting a bad temper and getting into school cause of my daughter needless to say my son has done an amazing turn around this year no more d or f grades and right after the beginning of the school year they moved him to mostly advanced classes and to an aerospace class the principal told me she is very proud of my son for the changes he has made from last year to this year last year he was suspended several times and d and f report card to advanced classes what an emprovement I am so proud of him. he said something about living with me all my life and I said that will change and I ask what if his girlfriend don’t like it he said then she has to leave not you I just laughed I think now that he is old enough to understand and he seen me have a couple of seizures it has really made him a better man if I grunt or make a certain sound he says don’t make that sound you scared me I laugh and he said that wasn’t funny I said yes it was cause I didn’t make it just to scare you and told him I would try not to make it again but I couldn’t promise cause of my memory being so bad also another thing to do if to figure oout your normal blood levels cause for Dilantin it is susposed to be between 10 and 20 but I realized mine is between 7 and 17 cause I once had a seizure and the only thing they found is my dilintin level was 18 so by paying attention I have been able to tell my normal range well it has been a sleepless night hurting but I made my schedule cause it fits my day I am on disability so I go to bed around 3 and get up anywhere between 11 and 3 in the afternoon and that’s why I made it 3 am and 3 pm I found some probiotics and was wondering if they are safe to take does anyone know if not I see my doctor next week so I will find out then and let you know what he says god bless all and goodnight oh sorry for no paragraphs or periods or anything I am computer illerate


    Comment by angela davis — October 30, 2015 @ 1:31 AM

  4. Hi Angela,

    You might want to read this article about probiotics:

    Probiotics — Food For Thought


    But I still agree that you should ask your doctor, because as you know, every body is different.

    As for the stress, yes it’s a #1 trigger, but on the other hand, I hope your son was joking when he said he’d live with you forever.

    When I had my blood levels done, they found out I was at half of my therapeutic recommended dosage. THAT was a revelation!

    Generics can be tricky. Because while 80% is the actual formula, the other 20% is “filler” and can be just about anything. It’s a wild card.

    Both the Epilepsy Foundation and the American College of Neurology are strongly again them.

    A letter has been created by the Epilepsy Foundation to make explicitly sure that no substitutions are made to your prescription without full consent by you and your doctor. You might want to make a copy of it for your files.

    Prevent Medication Changes…


    Checking your blood levels is a smart move, so are your reminders.

    All in all, YOU seem to be doing the right thing, but sadly, you have to be a vigilant advocate of your own health.

    I congratulate you on your own success.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 30, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

  5. Thank you for the….God bless! God bless you too!


    Comment by callpaulw — November 19, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

  6. Thank YOU! And thanks for the compliment…


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — November 19, 2015 @ 2:52 PM

  7. Great site Phylis!


    Comment by callpaulw — November 27, 2015 @ 2:05 PM

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    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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