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Epilepsy and Energy Drinks — Think Before You Drink!

June 7, 2021
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It feels good and it tastes good, it’s easy to drink and it gives you that extra jolt of energy. But is it really worth it?

Think the death of 18-year-old Irish athlete, Ross Cooney, who died within hours after playing a basketball game and consuming four cans of “Red Bull”.


Why Your Pharmacist is Your Best Friend

June 2, 2021
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Your pharmacist is the least expensive and most accessible health resource you have. They fill prescriptions and provide expert information about medications — a very important role, considering the prominent use of seizure medications to treat epilepsy.

You can see the pharmacist anytime you want, without an appointment, and all consultations are free. In medicine, that’s extraordinary.


Is Your Home Seizure-Proof?

May 31, 2021
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How many of us have had accidents while having seizures at home?

(I almost drowned in the shower because of the way the shower door was constructed.)

Here are some suggestions to help make your home safer.


What to Know About Telemedicine for Epilepsy…

April 3, 2021
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With telemedicine, programs can be designed to enhance patient involvement.

What’s more, telemedicine can be an important factor in follow-up care, and reducing costs!

It can address urgent questions, advise on drug-related adverse effects, and sort out other concerns for optimum remote epilepsy management.

For an excellent article about telemedicine, go to the link below:


Epilepsy Bill Of Rights

March 23, 2021
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The Bill of Rights for People Living with Epilepsy was created for people living with epilepsy by people living with epilepsy and was spearheaded by The Epilepsy Foundation in conjunction with many concerned contributors.

If you don’t know about these rights, please read on…


Keppra — What People Are Saying

March 11, 2021
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When Keppra was approved as an add-on medicine for partial seizures, including partial seizures with secondary generalization, at the time, it was suggested that Keppra might have a universally positive effect on all seizure types.

That’s all fine and good for researchers who aren’t struggling with epilepsy every day.  But here’s a random sampling of what real people – like you and me – have to say…


Some Stress and Anxiety Solutions…

March 8, 2021
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Sometimes my hands shake so much, I look like I’m leading a symphony. (Without a baton.) Legs too, I have to sit down.

Maybe you panic before a test, the very fear of having a seizure, social rejection, job anxieties, debt, fear of failure, an anticipated argument, holidays, fear of flying.

Or the daunting prospect of being alone without any support system. Or even death itself.

There are probably as many kinds of stress and panic attacks as there are those of us who suffer from them.

And behaviors: trembling, sweating, hyperventilating, breathlessness, feeling faint or light-headed, a sense of disorientation, cramping, nausea, your heart pounding like it’s going to explode from your chest, a fear of dying.

Or you’re just plain scared.

I could go on forever. And I’m sure you could, too.


“Vaccine Angels” Make it Easier to Find COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

March 2, 2021
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They’re here…they’re there…they’re nowhere.

Anyone stay up to till midnight trying to get a slot on the Rite Aid spot?

Arthur has three times. Yes, hope springs eternal.

Here’s how it works:

Applications for the next day begin at midnight. So, at the opening gong, you get on the phone.

Eureka! there’s a spot available. Fill out the necessary information. Submit it. The slot is gone.

Try tomorrow night sucker.


Gaslighting — What to Do When It Happens To You

October 15, 2020
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Is your doctor making you feel crazy? Like it’s all in your head? Could you be a hypochondriac?

You must be imagining your symptoms. Of maybe you’re just in a panic.

“Go home and take two Advil. Or maybe two Xanax. You’ll feel fine when this blows over. I assure you.”

Maybe you should have gone to Google first.


Epilepsy and Exercise

September 24, 2020
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Many people with epilepsy, especially those with uncontrolled seizures, live a sedentary life and have low physical fitness.

Because they’ve been told that exercise can trigger seizures. 

Not necessarily so. At least for a large population of those with epilepsy.

Clinical and experimental studies have analyzed the effect of physical exercise on epilepsy.

The result? Exercise can be beneficial.


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