National Epilepsy Month happens in November every year. However, at Angels On Call, we aim to keep you educated and informed on any issues that may affect you or your loved ones all throughout the year.
In this post, we’ll talk more about epilepsy to help spread awareness of this condition.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurring, uncontrolled seizures — bursts of uncontrolled electrical activity between brain cells that can lead to involuntary, temporary abnormalities in movements, behaviors, and sensations.
It is the 4th most common neurological disorder, affecting 3.4 million people around the world, according to the CDC.
There are several triggers that can cause someone with epilepsy to have an epileptic seizure. These include:
- Flashing lights/patterns
- Sleep deprivation/interruption
- Missing medication
- Certain medications that may decrease seizure medicine effectiveness
- Poor eating habits
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hormonal changes and menstrual cycles
- Psychological stress
- Use of recreational drugs or heavy alcohol consumption
What Causes Epilepsy to Develop?
Anyone at any age can, in theory, develop epilepsy and have epileptic seizures. However, they are more common in both younger children and older adults.
There are many risk factors for developing epilepsy as well ranging from birth problems to head injuries to the use of illegal drugs, to name just a few. Still, some people may develop it without any of these risk factors.
Thus, it can be hard to pinpoint who may develop epilepsy.
Do Seizures Happen Forever?
Fortunately, about 60% of people with seizures are able to become free of seizures if they follow a proper treatment plan. This involves taking specific seizure medication to prevent seizures from occurring in the future.
Some people are able to become seizure-free after using only the first seizure medication they try. Others may need to try other medications before seeing positive results.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to know for sure if the seizures are gone permanently, or for only a few months/years. Additionally, some people will have to cont
In short, it varies widely based on the individual, as well as if they’re taking any other medications that may interfere with the seizure medication.
At Angels on Call, we have caregivers trained to help patients who have epilepsy. Our professionals can help you or your loved one overcome the challenges involved with epilepsy to live a fulfilling and independent life. Contact us today to learn more.