Epilepsy Talk

AEDs…Surgery…and Alternative Treatments…

September 18, 2018
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The saying “there’s something for everyone” may be true.

But with epilepsy, it’s often a dicey proposition — not to mention frustrating — to determine what that “something” is for you.


Daily, Weekly Seizure Cycles More Common Than Previously Thought

September 14, 2018
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Seizures cycles occurred in more than 80% of people with epilepsy, a retrospective analysis found.

These cycles most often were circadian, but also included weekly and longer periods, reported Mark Cook, MD, of the University of Melbourne in Australia, and co-authors in The Lancet Neurology.


Conditions Commonly Misdiagnosed as Epilepsy…

September 11, 2018
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A moment of unresponsiveness — the inability to recall what just happened…convulsions or jerking movements…sudden stiffness of the body.

These are classic symptoms of an epilepsy seizure — triggered by abnormal electrical impulses in the brain.

And while these symptoms may indicate epilepsy, other brain abnormalities or injuries could also lead to seizures.

Having a seizure doesn’t automatically mean you have epilepsy.  And without testing, the diagnosis – or misdiagnosis – can be pretty scary.

There are loads of conditions that have symptoms similar to epilepsy.  Here are the most common…


If You DON’T Have Epilepsy, Then WHAT Is It???

September 11, 2018
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You might call them “imitators” of epilepsy, but that’s kind of extreme. You might say “similar” or you might say “confused”, which I think they are.

In a previous article titled “Conditions Commonly Misdiagnosed as Epilepsy”,  I thought I had it all covered.

But, believe it or not, that was just the tip of the iceberg.

I dug deeper and researched further and here is what I learned about signs and signals which might cause epilepsy, might show the same symptoms of epilepsy, or might be masquerading in their own way as epilepsy…


SUDEP — Who’s at Risk?

August 18, 2018
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When people with epilepsy are told about Sudden Unexpected Death, they naturally wonder “Will it happen to me?”

But actually, the chances of dying from SUDEP are remote.


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…


Déjà Vu or Prescience?

August 1, 2018
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Think of it as knowing something from the past…or feeling a premonition of the future.

Those who have experienced the déjà vu feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity, with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all.

Those who experience prescience, feel they have the ability to see into the future in some way.


Stress and Seizures…

July 23, 2018
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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.

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!


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…


How Music Soothes Your Seizures…

July 4, 2018
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Music is food for the soul, the mind and the body.

Great music, when carefully selected, can change our moods, energize us, calm us, improve our mental focus, lift us up spiritually, and help us become more healthy.

Not surprisingly, music has also been found to have a profoundly positive effect on people with epilepsy.

In fact, one research study even found that when patients are treated with music therapy as well as conventional anti-seizure meds, as many as eighty percent of seizures were reduced by seventy five percent!


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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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