Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy And Complementary Medicine

July 31, 2017
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Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) is just what it sounds like. Something to complement the AED regimen you’re already on. And perhaps take an extra step (with your doctor’s go-ahead) to alleviate seizures.

There are lots of alternatives, so I’ll touch on the most popular ones here. (Somehow, I don’t think you’re going to be turning to stones or amulets for relief!)

One third of the patients felt that CAM helped treat their epilepsy better than the AED. However, very few patients considered stopping the AED. Almost all of the patients stated they would feel comfortable informing their physician about CAM use.

“Modern medical therapy often fails, yet modern medical therapy exists because complementary and alternative medicine often fails. Both sides have to recognize each other.”  Dr. Orrin Devinsky


In Case of Emergency — New Solutions

May 26, 2017
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Here are some methods to stop a seizure in its tracks. Or shorten one. And some help relieve you of the dreaded after-effects. Possibilities you might not have known about…especially the new nasal sprays.


Epilepsy and Electrolytes

October 31, 2015
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It’s a situation often mentioned but rarely understood – the effects electrolytes have on seizures.

But a simple blood test can detect the danger of unbalanced electrolytes…


Biofeedback — Retrain Your Brain

June 25, 2011
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Since the 1970’s, researchers have demonstrated in over 50 controlled studies that a special form of brain wave biofeedback – now called “neurofeedback”– safely and effectively trains the brain to stabilize its activity. The treatment has been used successfully with all types of seizure disorders. Often the effects are permanent.


Anti Epilepsy Drugs and Their Side-Effects

January 30, 2010
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For people with epilepsy, Anti Epilepsy Drugs (AEDS) are the most common method used to control seizures. Although there are 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.


Epilepsy Generics: Yes, No or Maybe So?

September 1, 2009
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The case of prescription name-brand medicines vs. generics for those with epilepsy. Which is best?


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    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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