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Everything You Need To Know About Living Life With Epilepsy

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Originally published on readunwritten.com (with permission)

November is National Epilepsy Awareness month for those that do not know. Epilepsy is a medical condition that hits close to home for me. My brother was diagnosed almost 2 years ago. Prior to the diagnostic I never really thought about Epilepsy or how serious of a condition it is. It affects those that have it and their loved ones. Watching first hand how much this condition can affect your day-to-day life showed just how serious it is.

The first time I saw my brother go through a seizure was the day the reality of this condition came crashing down on me like a ton of bricks. Watching someone you have known your entire life suddenly not being able to respond to you or answer basic questions correctly is an experience that will never leave me. November being Epilepsy awareness month I wanted to inform others of some facts that would help them to better understand this disorder.

So what exactly is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that causes unprovoked seizures. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder. This disorder can affect all ages from babies to the elderly.

What happens during a seizure? Some people are able to detect when they are about to have one by feeling changes in their behavior or others can experience an aura. During the seizure itself, there are many different symptoms that someone can experience some of these are: convulsions, biting of the tongue, hearing loss, loss of vision, blacking out, heart racing, difficulty talking, and losing color in your skin tone

What happens after someone experiences a seizure? After someone has a seizure they can feel tired, anxious, depressed, sleepy, slower to respond/react, and have some memory loss.

Who can have it? Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age. Currently, there are 65 million people in the world that have been diagnosed with Epilepsy.

What causes Epilepsy? Epilepsy can be a matter of genetics that is inherited. Some people are born with structural changes in their brain that make them more prone to seizures. Severe head trauma mainly in a young adult can cause it. In the elderly, it can occur to those that suffered a stroke or have Alzheimer’s disease.

Treatment? Some people will have Epilepsy for the rest of their lives but 6 out of 10 people can become seizure free after a year if the medication assigned to them works well for them. The medication prescribed is not the same for every person; it depends on the age of the person, the type of seizure, and other medical conditions. Surgery is an option for some of those that aren’t helped with medication. There are certain diets people can go on that can help prevent seizures as well, others can practice therapeutic techniques that can help prevent seizures. Treatment for Epilepsy is different for every patient.

There is so much more you can learn about Epilepsy and I encourage you to do your own research as well to be more informed. You can help out the Epilepsy Foundation community by donating to the cause, or simply by spreading the world and making the cause more known to the public to help spread awareness and expand the communal support. Every small effort will go to bettering the lives of someone’s loved one. Be sure to wear purple throughout November to show your support!

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