Could Recurring Seizures Mean Epilepsy?
By: Arantha Mascarenhas
Published On: November 17, 2018
Epilepsy is characterized by seizures and fits. But not all seizures lead to epilepsy. What affects an epileptic patient more than the disorder itself, is the social stigma attached to it.
Epilepsy is often associated with violence and madness, which causes added trauma to those suffering from it. Those trying to hide their epilepsy have been said to be victims of depression and anxiety.
It is very important for us to know about the basics of epilepsy so that we can separate the myths from the reality. Here are the most basic facts about Epilepsy, including the causes symptoms and treatment.
What is Epilepsy?
Mayo Clinic News Network
The Medical definition of epilepsy states that “When nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses at a rate up of four times than normal, this causes an electrical storm in the brain, known as a seizure. A pattern of repeated seizure is known as epilepsy.”
In short, Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder, that causes unprovoked, recurring seizures. It is a common neurological disorder that has no cure. It can only be controlled with medication. It affects close to 65 million people around the world. It has higher chances of occurring in young children and older adults, and a slightly higher chance of occurring in males compared to females.
What are the Symptoms of Epilepsy?
Ministry of Health
It must be mentioned that not all seizures lead to epilepsy but here are the most common symptoms of Epilepsy:
Alterations in the sense of taste, sight, hearing, touch, smell,
Tingling or twitching of limbs
Stiffening of the body
Loss of bladder or bowel control
Biting of the tongue
What are the causes of Epilepsy Seizures?
Doctors haven’t really been able to identify what causes epilepsy, in fact 6/10 people suffering from epilepsy never figure out the cause of their epilepsy. But these are the few most identified causes of the disorder:
Traumatic brain injury
Serious illness or very high fever
Lack of oxygen to the brain
Brain tumor or cyst
Dementia or Alzheimer's disease
Infectious diseases such as AIDS and meningitis
Changes in brain structure
How can Epilepsy be Treated?
Doctors haven’t discovered any cure for epilepsy yet. Although medications can help control it. But a lapse in medication can be dangerous to the victims health. Here are the ways you can get treated from epilepsy:
Anti Epileptic drugs : These drugs reduce the number of seizures you have. The drug first starts with a low dose gradually increasing the dose till a proper dose is identified for the patient. In some people these medications eliminate seizures, but these have to be taken exactly as prescribed in order to be effective.
Ketogenic diet: It’s a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. And more than half the people who do not respond to the medications respond to this diet.
Brain Surgery: The area of the brain that is causing the seizures can be removed or altered. But a surgery is only recommended is extremely chronic cases.
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How you can fund your treatment?
We understand that it is extremely painful to see your loved one in an epileptic seizure, and we don’t want you to feel helpless when it comes to treating them. You can let go of the monetary burden to treat them by opting for crowdfunding.
Impact Guru is one of the best crowdfunding platforms in India, and you can raise money for any of your medical needs here. The best part about crowdfunding is that you don’t even have to worry about repaying the money.
So now you can quit worrying about the funds and focus on your loved one!
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