Epilepsy Talk

Hormonal Imbalances and Seizures in Women

December 9, 2017
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Many women with epilepsy have asked their doctors about the connection between seizures and hormones, but not every woman has seen her concerns given the attention she’d hoped for.

Although it is not very well understood at this point, there are scientifically documented connections between seizures and hormones that not all physicians are educated about…


Epilepsy Differences Between Men and Women?

December 6, 2017
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Men and women have long suspected that our brains are wired a bit differently. Now science is starting to back up this notion.

A new study finds that men have more synapses connecting the cells in a particular part of the brain than women do.

In short, each sex excels at different types of cognitive functions.


People Talk About Their Out-Of-Body Experiences

December 1, 2017
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Alterations of consciousness are critical factors in the diagnosis of epileptic seizures. Some people report sensations of separating from the physical body, experiences that may, in rare cases, resemble spontaneous out-of-body experiences.

New research has linked these experiences to instabilities in the temporal lobe, and to errors in the body’s sense of itself — even in healthy individuals.


Weird Epilepsy Triggers

November 14, 2017
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Here’s a list of uncommon epilepsy triggers you may have experienced or know about. Feel free to add to this list of the weird and the unknown…


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs and Their Side-Effects…

October 24, 2017
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For people with epilepsy, Anti Epilepsy Drugs (AEDs) are the most common method used to control seizures. Although there are more than 40 different types of epilepsy, the right medication or combination of medications can usually control seizures.  However 30% of people are drug resistant, owing to either their gene factors or biological makeup.

The most important consideration in your treatment is identifying the exact type of epilepsy you have, therefore you may want to consult more than one doctor.

Medications prescribed will also depend on factors such as which side-effects you can actually tolerate, other illnesses you may have, and how the drug should be taken.

It may take several months before the best drug and dosage are determined for you. After all, medicine is more of an art than a science.  And finding the right combination can literally be a crap shoot.  I know for me and many others, it took many months to get it “right.”


Seizure Provoking Conditions

October 18, 2017
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Few of these conditions will cause epilepsy itself…but many can lead to seizures. So consider this a definition of the possibilities…


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

October 10, 2017
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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.


Epilepsy Related Conditions

October 8, 2017
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In chronic conditions, such as epilepsy, the coexistence of more than one illness in a patient is the rule rather than the exception…

Men and women with epilepsy have a two-to five-fold increase in the occurrence of conditions, such as migraine, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disorders, along with gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary disorders, dementia, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders.


Epileptic Synesthesia: What Is It?

October 3, 2017
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A friend of mine with TLE, told me he had synesthesia and I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about.

And so, I set to find out exactly what this mysterious sounding condition was…


New Hope for Epilepsy Stem Cell Therapy

September 29, 2017
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About stem cells: “They’ve been called magic seeds. They have the potential to cure disease, regenerate organs, and even prolong life. And they could completely alter the way we practice medicine” – Fortune Magazine

There are many exciting areas in epilepsy research. One topic of great interest is the use of stem cells to treat seizures.


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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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