Most people who have had a seizure will have another one. To some, the repeated seizures may be like a reset button for the electrical activity in the brain.
Research is still being conducted on this phenomenon. For example, one study found that people who had a seizure with a focal seizure pattern were more likely to have another one with the same focal seizure pattern.
The seizure itself is different for each person. But if you experience repeated seizures, it’s possible that your brain is resetting itself. And if you have another seizure, it may be because that’s the first time you’ve experienced something like a seizure, and your brain is trying to figure out how to respond.
Can you prevent seizures?
There’s no cure for epilepsy, but there are some things you can do to reduce the number and severity of your seizures.
- Taking your epilepsy medication.
- Making sure you visit your doctor regularly.
- Getting adequate sleep.
- Avoiding triggers.
How are seizures diagnosed?
Your doctor will start by asking about your medical history and symptoms. They’ll then complete a complete physical exam.
Your doctor will ask you to keep a record of your seizures. This record will include:
- When the seizure happened
- What kind of seizure it was
- What happened after the seizure
- Any other seizure you’ve had in the last year
- Any other seizure that you’ve had in the last five years
- How long the seizure lasted
- How long you were unconscious afterward
- Any other seizures that you’ve had
They can also ask you to keep a log of your seizures. This can help them see patterns in your seizures.
How is epilepsy treated?
Your doctor will decide on an effective treatment based on how severe your seizures are and what side effects you have.
Your doctor will likely start you on a medication that can help control the seizures. They’ll also help you develop a seizure plan that can help prevent your seizures from happening.
Some medications can help stop seizures before they start. For example, they can prevent seizures before the cause is known. This can help you avoid future seizures.
If you still have seizures after starting a new medication, your doctor may prescribe another medication. They’ll also talk to you about a different type of treatment, such as surgery, if needed.
What is the long-term outlook?
The outlook for epilepsy depends on the type of epilepsy you have, how severe it is, and how well you respond to the treatment.
For example, some people with epilepsy have a good outlook. They can lead normal lives.
Others can’t control their seizures. They often have a poor quality of life. They may have to move into a facility or home care. They may not be able to drive or work, and they may need to take medication for the rest of their lives.
How can I help prevent seizures?
It’s possible to prevent seizures by avoiding triggers. You can do this by:
- Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and other substances that can cause seizures.
- Avoiding stressful situations that lead to seizures.
- Avoiding situations that cause you to have a seizure.
- Making sure you get enough sleep.
- Practicing relaxation techniques.
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet.
When should I call my doctor?
Seizures are very common. But it’s important to see your doctor if you have a seizure. Early detection and treatment can improve your long-term outlook.
For example, it’s important to see your doctor if you have a seizure that:
- Lasts longer than 30 minutes
- Doesn’t stop when you take a pill
- Happens more than once a week
- Happens with any type of seizure
If you’re having a seizure at home:
- Ask your doctor if you need to call 911.
- Don’t try to break the seizure.
- Don’t try to make the seizure stop.
If you’re having a seizure at work:
- Ask your doctor what you should do.
- Don’t go back to work until you have a seizure-free EEG test.
- If you go back to work, you may need to take medication.
If you have a seizure at school:
- Ask your teacher what you should do.
- Don’t move until your doctor says you can.
- If you have to move, try to keep the seizure away from other people.
- Don’t leave the school building.
- Don’t use water or a walker for support.
If you have a seizure while in the hospital:
- Ask your doctor how to get help.
- Let your doctor know if you need to go to the hospital.
If you’re in the emergency room during a seizure, call 911. It’s important to get help quickly.
What are the complications of epilepsy?
Seizures can be dangerous. They can also have a major impact on your quality of life.
The following can happen with epilepsy:
- Seizures that cause brain damage, such as epilepsy with injury.
- Seizures that cause permanent brain damage.
- Seizures that cause personality changes.
Epilepsy is a lifelong condition. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you have a good quality of life. This can help you avoid complications.
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The bottom line
Seizures are caused by changes in electrical activity in the brain. They’re not caused by something you’ve eaten or experienced in your life. If you have a seizure, it’s important to seek medical attention.
If you have a seizure, it’s likely that you were previously healthy and never had a seizure before. The type of seizure you have is also going to depend on many factors, including how you react to the seizure.
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