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How to Manage Epilepsy

Updated on October 23, 2009
Wearing a seizure bracelet will help ensure that you get proper medical assistance if needed.
Wearing a seizure bracelet will help ensure that you get proper medical assistance if needed.

You already know how important it is to take your medicine as directed and to tell your doctor about any seizures or side effects that you're experiencing. But, there's a lot more that you can do to reduce the risk of seizures and to be successful in whatever you want to do.

First off, consider keeping a journal of your seizures, so that you can keep track of your seizures. It may help you and your doctor figure out what you can do to minimize how many seizures you're having. You'll want to write down the day, time, place, what you were doing, who you were with, what you were feeling, and anything else that you can think of. You may start to notice that the seizures are only happening when you feel stressed, which means you could find means to reduce your stress levels and potentially reduce your seizures.

Another thing that you may want to consider is excersing more and playing sports. There haven't been any studies, to date, that show sports and exercising can caues seizures. It's actually though that sports and exercise can reduce stress and improve health and well-being, so you're less likely to have any seizures.

You may want to consider participating in basketball, football, swimming, track, tennis, hockey, or soccer, which are well controlled and supervised sports. Check with your doctor, but you can probably also participate in sports with additional care that involve heights, such as gymnastics, harnessed rock climbing, and horseback riding.

You do not want to participate in hang gliding, scuba diving, free rock climbing, or boxing. These are not recommended if you have epilepsy.

When managing your epilepsy, you want to make sure that you pay attention to any and all warning signs and triggers. Sometimes people with epilepsy have feelings that let them know they're going to have a seizure. Your muscles may feel tingly, you may smell something strange, or you may feel 'spacey.'

When you notice these signs, you may be able to piece together situations or circumstances that may trigger your seizures. This is where your journal will help you. You may find that stress or lack of sleep is what is causing your seizure activity, or it may be certain lighting or patterns of lights. Each person has different triggers and signs, so in order to best manage your epilepsy, you'll want to figure out yours.

It's also a good idea that you tell your family, friends, and coworkers about your condition. You want them to be behind you, and you want them to help keep watch. But, you don't want to feel babied, either, or looked at like there's something wrong with you. They won't look at it that way; they'll want to help you, and by having other people looking after you, it's really a good thing.

It'll be your decision as to when you tell anyone, but it may be a good idea to make sure that friends, family, neighbors, your boss, and coworkers. Anyone that you may have direct contact with on a regular, and near daily basis, is someone that you may want to tell.

You'll want to educate them what to do if you may have a seizure because many people don't do anything or just don't know what to do. Seizures can be shocking to people who have never seen them and who aren't prepared. It's a good idea to describe to them what you're seizures look like because not everyone has the same type of seizure.

By educating those around you, they'll be better prepared to help you if you have a seizure. You can get their support with the decisions that you make.

Don't be scared to tell anyone. You want all the help that you can get when managing epilepsy. In some cases, it really is a group effort to keep you seizure-free and safe when you do have a seizure.

Managing your epilepsy is a process that you won't be able to fully manage over night. With proper medication and a medication schedule that you c an keep, you'll already be one step ahead. Don't let your epilepsy hinder your life.


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      Halil 2 years ago

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      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      thanks for enlightening me, it's a good share

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      Tricia Ward 7 years ago from Scotland

      Epilepsy is different things to different people. Some people are affected by diet others by light etc.

      I would probably say each case is different, so if you want to participate in sport - you may want to check it out with the GP first but things like football would be fine for some. As for the "cure" I am glad you have had no seizures lately but I would be dubious of a cure through mixtures of a neurological condition. If there was one I am sure the drugs companies would have jumped on it by now...Was he a certified dr?

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      it's good to make people aware. I get generalized seizures. One thing, the great cricketer Jonty Rhodes gets epilepsy even when he heads a ball in soccer or playing rugby so those sports would be out. thanks for the hub

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      paul 7 years ago

      my name is paul frombaltimore ...Ive been epileptic since my childhood and it had caused me so much embarassment, so much pain, it even happened a few times when driving.. i tried all solutions ...spent thousands of dollars with no visible result , and my son also developed it at the age of 14 and it was all thesame till he was about 20..i tried all medical solutions to no avail then someone introduced me to someone in africa that had a cure for it and i decided to give him a try...i went there once when i had a job to execute there and i decided to go see the man. aparently he didnt even charge me much like doctors would do. and he gave me some mixtures and times to use them.... i used it for about a month. and i made sure my son was using it as well..its been 2 years now and ive not had any kind of seisures... i really dont know ...i am so grateful to the man and i just thought i could suggest it here incase anyone wants to try him out. his email address is hope it all works out.

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great Hub! I have suffered this since I was 10 years old, we have to adapt & accept who we are & our limitations...