Epilepsy is something that we would like to exclude in our life’s narrative. But when we have it, regardless of the situation, we have to tend to it. We have to undergo the steps into healing. Below are some of the things to do to alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy. Let’s get to know Epilepsy first.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disease of the brain. Its symptoms are seizures, temporary change of behavior, changes in sensations, and rarely, loss of consciousness.

Treatments like surgery or a set of medications can cure or control the symptoms of a epilepsy. Some of the seizure treatments could potentially drive away epilepsy for good while some patients need lifelong medication maintenance for seizure control. Some lucky patients eventually outgrow epilepsy.

Managing Your Epilepsy

The symptoms of epilepsy can bother your daily activities; that is why it is important to find ways of managing these symptoms. You need to practice self-help strategies to control seizures. Some of these self-help strategies are the following:

  • Get to know your condition fully by a full check-up.
  • Obey the instructions in your medicinal prescription.
  • Let your doctor know about the other non-prescriptive and prescriptive medications that you are taking.
  • Identify the pattern of your seizure triggers and the timing of the attacks.
  • Have enough sleep of at least 8 hours a day.
  • Lead an active lifestyle.
  • Eat a well-balanced meal.
  • Quit smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Utilize ways to calm and relax yourself during stressful events.
  • Find support and love from your loved ones.
  • Have a constant conversation with your doctor about your health concerns.

Treatment Options

Below are some of the treatment options for epilepsy. Your doctor is the only authority that can recommend any or a combination of the following options:

  • Medication: AEDs maintain epilepsy. AEDs are drugs used by almost 70 percent of the whole epileptic community (NA, 2017).
  • Surgery: Brain surgery is an invasive procedure done as a last resort. Surgery is also done if a part of your brain is causing the condition. Surgery is said to be the best route if you want to stop the seizures (NA, 2017) completely.
  • Medical Marijuana: Experts tell us that there is a good chance that medical marijuana or CBD oil can help control epilepsy. Epidiolex is a low dose CBD drug that is currently used to treat epileptic patients (Slowiczek, 2019). Epidiolex is strong evidence that suggests that CBD oil can potentially cure epilepsy.
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation: Vagus Nerve Stimulation or VNS is an electrical device that is strategically placed under your skin. It is a device similar to a pacemaker. The burst of electricity in that device changes the abnormal electrical signal of the brain.

Final Thoughts

Epilepsy should not bother our everyday life as there are ways of containing its symptoms. Follow the self-help strategy of managing the disease and talk to your doctor about the most recommended treatment option for your epilepsy. Try to be open-minded about the alternatives in treating epilepsy such as CBD oil.

 

References:    

1) N.A, (2017) Treatment. Available at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epilepsy/treatment/

2) N.A, (2017) Brain Surgery for Epilepsy. Available at:
https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/brain-surgery-epilepsy#.XcLE4vVKiuU

3) Slowiczek, Lindsay (2019) Epidiolex (cannabidiol). Available at:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326061.php