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Living with Epilepsy- Being Aware of Triggers, Signs & Symptoms

Do you or someone you know live with a seizure disorder? If so, you probably realize that seizures can look and feel different from one person to the next.

Research shows the impact of seizures will also depend on the lifestyle of each individual.

The Epilepsy Foundation describes four main characteristics of seizures as:

  1. Unpredictable- you often can’t predict when and where a seizure may happen
  2. Episodic- seizures can come and go
  3. Brief- usually lasts only seconds to a few minutes
  4. Stereotypic- similar whenever they occur

Signs & Symptoms of a Seizure

Sometimes symptoms can be considered a warning sign that a seizure is soon to come, or may be part of the actual seizure itself. Try to help keep track of what symptoms you experience before the onset of a seizure and share those with your physician.

The Epilepsy Foundation describes a few warning signs of possible seizures including:

  • Odd feelings, often indescribable
  • Unusual smells, tastes, or feelings
  • Feeling spacey, ‘fuzzy’, or confused
  • Periods of forgetfulness or memory lapses
  • Falling
  • Headaches
  • Tingling, numbness or feelings of electricity in parts of the body

Epilepsy Seizure Triggers

Some individuals living with epilepsy may detect links between their lifestyle behaviors and the occurrence of seizures. Possible triggers that may cause seizures (which vary from person to person) include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol
  • Recreational drugs
  • Excess stress

Although there is no cure for epilepsy, realizing your own triggers can play a large role in helping to manage the occurrence of seizures throughout your daily life.

Understanding Your Own Epilepsy Diagnosis

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with epilepsy, it’s important to understand what this means for you and why a diagnosis has been made, so choose a doctor you trust and feel comfortable talking with.

An initial diagnosis of epilepsy can be life-altering. Help ease your uneasiness by ensuring you are protected 24/7 in the event of an emergency with a MedicAlert medical ID today.

 

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