Epilepsy Talk

Common Epilepsy Triggers

November 11, 2017
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Epilepsy affects each person differently. Below is a guide to some common seizure triggers. You may not feel or notice anything in particular.

Or you may have triggers which are not mentioned here. Keeping a seizure diary is the most effective way of keeping track of what triggers your seizures.


Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

April 27, 2017
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.


Working, Seizures, and Secrets

June 8, 2014
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When I was in my 30’s, I worked real hard and made pots of money. No sleep. Many seizures. But big bucks.

At the advertising agency where I worked, when I saw the couch in my office, I thought: “Well, I guess I’m important.”

Little did I know that I’d end up sleeping on it. And having many seizures.


12 Sleep Tricks

April 27, 2014
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We all know that sleep deprivation can trigger seizures.
You may have all of your seizures while sleeping, when falling asleep or waking up.
It’s definitely a vicious cycle. And so I searched for some sleeping tips.
Some may be familiar to you and some may be new…


Epilepsy and Anesthesia

August 4, 2013
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Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) cause unique considerations for patients with epilepsy because skipping, or even delaying a single dose, can result in seizures.

Strategies for avoiding or minimizing skipped doses are paramount in the care of patients with epilepsy.


New Epilepsy Diagnosis — Now What?

April 30, 2012
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You’ve just been diagnosed with epilepsy…

YOU’RE SCARED. Who wouldn’t be? THE DOCS. There are lots of terrific ones. THE TESTS. They can actually help to correctly diagnose your epilepsy. I’LL DIE. Not very likely. MY LIFE IS OVER. No, it’s not, but it will change…


Epilepsy, Anxiety and Depression

November 9, 2009
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One study stated that 80% of the patients with epilepsy were also diagnosed as having a depressive disorder. Upwards of 60% of these individuals had a history of significant episodes of depression. And 10-32% experience symptoms of anxiety.

And for those whose epilepsy cannot be controlled by meds, the likelihood of depression and anxiety are even greater.


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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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