Epilepsy Talk

Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

August 6, 2018
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It may be the dose prescribed…the type of epilepsy you have…even something as simple as your age or weight. 

But research shows that, over time, the effectiveness of your anti-epilepsy drug may decline.

Almost all first, second and third-generation epilepsy drugs lose their efficacy after prolonged treatment.

Perhaps it’s because your metabolism builds up a tolerance to the drug. And ramping up the dosage can work.

Or it may be a functional tolerance where your brain receptors have become resistant to the drug. In that case, a change in medications may help. But whatever the cause, you’re not alone…


Foods That Fight Stress…

July 19, 2018
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I worked as a writer in the health and wellness field for more than ten years.  So I know a thing or two about this stuff.  (And stress!) 

But I also know from personal experience that epilepsy is a very unique condition. 

Between all the different types of seizures, and triggers, and meds…there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

The same goes for de-stressing your diet. 
What works for one might not work for another.  And it certainly doesn’t take the place of meds. 

However, I do believe that although living a healthy lifestyle won’t cure you…it can certainly help you.

So, here’s some information for sensible stress-busting eating…


The Trouble with AEDs

May 9, 2018
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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?


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs and Osteoporosis – It’s Not Just a Women’s Disease

May 6, 2018
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A research team consisting of epilepsy specialists and epidemiologists (persons who study the causes and control of diseases) reports on a study that answered an important but simple question:

Do anti-seizure drugs cause reductions in bone density?

Why ask this question?


Seizures and Steroids

May 4, 2018
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I always thought that steroids were the kind used by athletes and bodybuilders to pump up their performance. Yes, they do exist and, yes they are quite dangerous, but those aren’t the kind of steroids this article is about.


Epilepsy Medication Conflicts…

May 1, 2018
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For many of us, monotherapy just doesn’t work.

However adjunct therapy has its dangers.

And both treatments carry their own interactive risks – even with things as innocent as aspirin.


Epilepsy and Diabetes — Confusion or Common Cure?

April 10, 2018
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You might be surprised to hear it, but according to recent research, epilepsy and diabetes have more in common than we thought.

The key commonality is fluctuating blood sugar.

People with hyperglycemia tend to have focal or local seizures. 

And those who are hypoglycemic, tend to have tonic-clonic seizures…


Zinc Can Help You Think!

April 4, 2018
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Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, published the results of a collaboration with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research study, which found that zinc plays a key role in signal transmission between neurons in the hippocampus — a zinc enriched region of the brain responsible for learning and memory — and where disrupted communication may contribute to epilepsy.


Sodium and Seizures

March 10, 2018
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You may think that sodium is a “bad guy” to be avoided or reduced at all cost, because too much is linked to high blood pressure.

But sodium is actually an essential electrolyte, and a deficiency can trigger seizures.


Three Anti-Seizure Diets That Could Change Your Life…

February 15, 2018
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Just when you feel that all is lost, and you’re about to give up on your meds, there is another option.  (In fact, there are three!)

They may not beat your epilepsy (although some people say they do!)

But they can help reduce your seizures and the amounts of medication needed.


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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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