Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s electrical activity. It causes seizures or convulsions, which can range from mild to severe. In New Zealand, it’s estimated that around 50,000 have epilepsy. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with epilepsy, it’s important to understand the condition and management strategies for its symptoms.
Causes of Epilepsy
There is no conclusive evidence of what causes epilepsy. However, scientific literature point to some risk factors, such as brain injury, genetics, and brain tumours.
While there is no cure for epilepsy, there are several ways to manage its symptoms. Here are some tips to help you manage epilepsy:
Medication: Anti-seizure medication is the most common form of treatment for epilepsy. It’s important to take medication as prescribed and to keep track of any side effects so look into medication organisers to help.
Lifestyle changes: Avoiding triggers, such as lack of sleep or stress, can help prevent seizures. It’s also important to avoid alcohol and drugs that can lower seizure threshold.
Safety precautions: People with epilepsy are at risk of injury during a seizure. It’s important to take safety precautions, such as wearing a helmet during activities that could result in head injury.
Support: It can be helpful to connect with support groups or a healthcare team that understands epilepsy and can provide appropriate care and support.
Living with Epilepsy
Living with epilepsy can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are support groups and online communities where you can connect with others who are going through similar experiences. It’s also important to work with a healthcare team that understands epilepsy and can provide appropriate care and support.
With the right management strategies and support, you can manage your epilepsy symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.