Living with Epilepsy
Is There Anything You Can Do To Control Seizures?
- Learn as much as possible about your condition
- Keep track of the frequency of seizures. You can use a calendar or a smartphone app such as seizuretracker.com - Make a note in the diary if you identify something which would have triggered your seizure.
- Ensure that you take the medications as prescribed
- Make sure you get enough rest and sleep
- Make sure other medical conditions are under control
- Avoid drinking alcohol
What Is The Impact Of Seizures On Your Life?
- Until the seizures are controlled, there are limitations to driving. Please check with your local DMV about driving restrictions.
- Your neurologist may advise you to restrict or take special precautions with certain activities.
- Most people with epilepsy will have optimal seizure control and will lead a long and full life, with no limitations on driving or other activities
- Epilepsy can be different in each person: some have easily controlled seizures and some have difficult to control seizures
- The goal of treatment for seizures are - No seizures, No side effects
- Ensure that you take medications as prescribed and discuss with your Neurologist any side effects that occur
- Women should discuss contraception, pregnancy and lactation with the Neurologist
- Understand activity restrictions including driving, until seizures are controlled
- Consider wearing a Medic-Alert bracelet.
First Aid For Seizures:
- The most important thing to do is to keep
- the person safe until the seizure stops
- Prevent injuries by clearing the area of any harmful objects
- If possible place the person on the floor in the recovery position
- Place a soft object under the head to protect the head from trauma
- Do not place any objects in the mouth. It is not true that an unconscious person can swallow the tongue.
- Do not try to hold the person down or attempt to stop the movements
Call 911 If:
- The patient has repeated seizures
- The patient does not seem to wake up after a seizure
- If seizure lasts more than 5 minutes