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When it’s not “just” epilepsy… | August 4, 2021

At least 50 percent of adults with active epilepsy are also living with other health conditions say experts at a leading epilepsy medical research charity.

Several diseases, including depression, anxiety, dementia, migraine, heart disease, peptic ulcers and arthritis are up to eight times more common in people with the neurological disorder.

And most premature deaths in people with epilepsy are related to other health conditions, particularly cancers and cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease.

Most seizures end on their own and cause minimal concerns.

Yet during some seizures, people can injure themselves, develop other medical problems or life-threatening emergencies.

The overall risk of dying for a person with epilepsy is 1.6 to 3 times higher than for the general population.

In other words, epilepsy isn’t just a condition. It’s a curse.

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Resources:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(15)00225-2/fulltext

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2802344/

https://www.mdedge.com/neurology/epilepsyresourcecenter/article/101214/epilepsy-seizures/epilepsy-and-comorbidities

https://epilepsysociety.org.uk/news/its-not-just-epilepsy-says-expert

https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/about-epilepsy-basics/how-serious-are-seizures

 


4 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the resources as my research in regards to my specific situation is ongoing. Good day to you.

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    Comment by 5thgenerationgirl — August 4, 2021 @ 9:59 AM

  2. Reblogged this on Disablities & Mental Health Issues.

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    Comment by Kenneth — August 4, 2021 @ 11:19 AM

  3. You mention cardiovascular disease. Two years ago I had an MRI for my spine and they found something else. I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I’m watching it closely having a CT scan annually. Wonder if this is related to my epilepsy.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Ed Lugge — August 4, 2021 @ 12:11 PM


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    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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