Epilepsy is a dreaded disease that anyone wishes to stay away from. But when you have it, you have no choice but to do something about it. Don’t worry, and it’s not the end of the world if you have this disease. There are different measures that you can take to be a champion against epilepsy. One of the best ways of controlling epilepsy is knowing more about it. Below are some of the fast facts about epilepsy.
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disease that is characterized by the brain’s inability to control its rapid firing of electrical signals. Normally, the brain’s neurons have a slow and rhythmic firing pace, but with epilepsy, these rhythmic pace goes haywire.
Epilepsy knows no age, cultural background, or gender. It can happen to almost anyone, but the disorder is rampant among children. Some children outgrew this disorder later on when they become adults, while some are plagued their whole lives.
The treatment for epilepsy varies from person to person, but the most defining factor in treating it is, whatever works the most for the particular patient. The treatments for epilepsy can be through medication, surgery, therapy, or alternative treatment like CBD oil.
What are the symptoms of epilepsy?
Below are some of the most common symptoms of epilepsy which are all temporary or would only happen during an attack:
- Jerking movements especially on the arms or legs and is usually uncontrollable
- Loss of awareness
- Change in mood and temperament
- Increased anxiety, fear, and more psychic symptoms.
These are common symptoms, but there are more symptoms of epilepsy. These symptoms can happen singularly or collectively. It will depend on the type of epilepsy that a patient has.
What are the causes of epilepsy?
Oftentimes, epilepsy is idiopathic or has no known cause. On the other hand, epilepsy can be due to many factors and condition listed below (but are not limited to):
- Genes: Epilepsy can run from families. If this is the case, the risk for epilepsy may be inherent in the genetic make-up.
- Trauma in the head: Traumas in the head as mild as falling into a swing or as hard as car accidents, may cause epilepsy.
- Conditions of the brain: Sometimes, epilepsy can be due to a prior brain condition, for example, brain tumor or stroke.
- Infections: Infections that directly or indirectly relate to the brain can trigger epilepsy. Examples of these infections are AIDS and meningitis.
- Injury during infancy: During infancy, a growing human’s brain is still very soft and sensitive. A slight trauma in the brain can possibly cause epilepsy.
- Developmental disorders: Developmental disorders like autism can also cause or trigger epilepsy.
It’s important to be educated on the most basic up to the most complicated information about epilepsy, especially if you have one. This knowledge will make you choose better options for your condition.
Do not also be afraid to try on newer medical alternatives like CBD oil. Just make sure to talk to your doctor about it before taking it.
Mayo clinic staff writer. (n.d). Epilepsy. Available at: