ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Key Information About Epilepsy

Updated on March 28, 2019
srirad0675 profile image

Srikanth is passionate about helping people improve their quality of life.

Overview

Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. More than 50 million people worldwide are affected by this condition.

Source

Types of Epileptic Seizures

 
Focal seizures
Tonic-clonic seizures
Absence seizures
Myoclonic seizures
Tonic seizures
Atonic seizures

Causes

Causes of epilepsy vary by age of the individual. Head trauma due to a road accident or other traumatic injury can cause this disorder.

Low oxygen during birth, brain tumor, genetic conditions that damage the brain (like tuberous sclerosis), abnormal levels of substances like blood sugar and sodium, infections like encephalitis, and stroke can cause epilepsy.

Source

Symptoms

Symptoms of epilepsy can vary in severity. Temporary confusion, fainting, repeated, unusual movements (like head nodding or rapid blinking), loss of bowel control, sudden stomach pain followed by sleepiness and loss of bladder control are some symptoms of epilepsy.

Treatment

Treatment for epilepsy may include medication, implants and surgery.

Dilantin or Phenytek, Phenobarbital, Tegretol or Carbatrol, Mysoline, Zarontin, Depakene, Depakote, Depakote ER, Valium, Tranxene, Klonopin, Felbatol, Gabitril, Keppra, Lamictal, Lyrica, Neurontin, Topamax, Trileptal and Zonegran are some medicines used to treat this condition.

Approximately 60-65 percent of patients with epilepsy become seizure free with antiepileptic drug treatment. The remaining 30 percent are resistant to medications.

Surgery offers relief when medicines either cannot control seizures or cause unmanageable side effects. Low-carb, high-fat diets are effective against epilepsy.

'Keto' Diet has traditionally been used to treat children with epilepsy. It shifts the body from a carb-burning one into a fat-burning one.

This process is known as ketosis, which produces ketone bodies. Ketones act on the brain to prevent seizures.

It has been shown to control episodes in almost a third of epileptic children, according to Boston Children’s Hospital’s Epilepsy Center.

Do you take safety precautions while driving?

See results

Prevention

Sleep well during night hours. It is advisable to set a regular sleep schedule, and to stick to it. Say no to illegal drugs.

Avoid excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. Take adequate steps to prevent traumatic brain injuries.

Use safety belts, child passenger seats, airbags, bicycle helmets, and motorcycle helmets to reduce motor vehicle and traffic injuries. Watch your next step, always.

Source

Purple Day

Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy.

It is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. It falls on March 26 each year.

A research study conducted at France’s University of Rennes has found that humans emit a distinct odor during epileptic seizures, and that some dogs can be trained to recognize the smell.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Srikanth R

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • srirad0675 profile imageAUTHOR

      Srikanth R 

      7 weeks ago

      Sorry to hear that.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      I have friends with varying degrees of epilepsy. Sadly one died at a young age. As we go through the uncertain times of Brexit another friend fears for her daughter's supply of medication.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)