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Stress and Seizures

August 23, 2016
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Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t plan on having epilepsy.

But here we are. And we all know that stress is #1 in the hit parade of seizure triggers.

And endless surveys prove the fact. Most people think of stress as being related only to unpleasant or sad times in their lives.

However, even “happy” stress can trigger seizures!


Buyer Beware!

August 13, 2016
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It’s amazing — and scary — how wildly drug prices can vary between pharmacies. And between name brand drugs and generics, especially when you don’t have insurance.

Here are some comparisons:


Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

August 5, 2016
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Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by of autoimmune antibodies.

Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.


Please Feel Free To Repost My Articles IF…

August 2, 2016
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I recently came across an article in an independent publication called “Weird Epilepsy Triggers”.

The article seemed awfully familiar to me at first — and then, sickeningly, I realized that the site had copied an Epilepsy Talk article.

Word for word…


Mail-Order Meds — Savings and Service

July 29, 2016
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For some people, accessing the pharmacy remains one of the biggest barriers to retrieving prescriptions.

A lack of social support, time constraints and limited access to convenient transportation are commonly cited as reasons users cannot get their medication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But it’s not just patients who have difficulty getting to the pharmacy who benefit from mail-order pharmacies: These programs offer flexibility, time and cost-savings to all enrollees.


Deep Brain Stimulation — Reducing Seizures By As Much As 50%

July 21, 2016
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been called “a promising therapy for epilepsy,” as reported by the BBC.

According to the article, it’s designed for the considerable number of patients suffering from medically refractory epilepsy who are not candidates for resective brain surgery.


Medical Mistakes Out of Control!

July 16, 2016
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Here’s a sobering statistic for you…

Believe it or not, the total number of medical errors and deaths in the U.S. equals SIX Jumbo Jets crashing every day!

If a Jumbo Jet crashed and killed 280 people everyday…365 days a year…year after year…would you be concerned about flying?

Would you question the Federal Aviation Administration?

Would you demand answers?


Syncope or Seizure?

July 9, 2016
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Studies have now confirmed what some doctors have long suspected — many young people who are given the diagnosis of epilepsy (or seizure disorder) apparently don’t have epilepsy at all.

Instead, they have a condition known as syncope…

Syncope (sing’-koe-pee), the medical term for fainting, is the sudden loss of consciousness and physical collapse due to lack of blood and oxygen to the brain.


Damaged Goods

July 3, 2016
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There’s something liberating in being expected to fail. No expectations, no explanations. After all, “you’ll never amount to anything,” you’re damaged goods.


Heat Is Not Our Friend

June 26, 2016
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Heat is not our friend.

And it can trigger some pretty awful consequences.

Like the time I was gardening at high noon. (What was I thinking about?) I fell backwards, hitting my head on the walkway. And I couldn’t ask for help because I was out cold. Baking in the sun.

And I’m sure you have your own stories. About passing out, puking or just feeling like you’re as dizzy as if you were on a roller coaster ride.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I've 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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