Living with Epilepsy

Living with Epilepsy: 101 

Thursday 04th Jan 2024 |

Whether you have been living with epilepsy for many years and regularly experience fits and seizures, were told you had epilepsy when you were younger but now never have a seizure, or indeed, have recently had your suspicions confirmed, learning to manage your epilepsy requires careful consideration.

In an effort to help you with this, continue reading for a concise guide on living with epilepsy.

Make Healthy Habits Part of Your Daily Routine

You only need to take a fleeting glance at the cover of a magazine in your local store to be immediately confronted with hints and tips on how to be healthier, both from an emotional and physical perspective.

When you have epilepsy, however, there are more specific lifestyle guidelines and food and drink recommendations in order to keep your health and fitness levels high, which include the following:

  1. Never sleep less than seven hours a night
  2. Never skip meals
  3. Avoid recreational drugs and alcohol
  4. Avoid spending prolonged amounts of time in a place with flashing lights
  5. Avoid touching your mouth when out in public (to protect against colds)
  6. Never miss even one dose of your prescribed medication

Acupuncture

Living with Epilepsy

Most definitely, one of the more traditional ways in which many people who have epilepsy look to alleviate not the duration and regularity of the seizures themselves, but more of the headaches and associated pain, is the Ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture.

As long as you book a course of acupuncture sessions with an experienced and licensed professional, acupuncture can not only help to improve headaches after an epileptic seizure, but also the following:

  • Addiction to prescription drugs, alcohol, and recreational drugs
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Menstrual cramps

Look Into Alternative Therapies

Complimentary or alternative therapies are always another viable option for those who are living with epilepsy and are looking to reduce the side effects of their regularly prescribed drugs.

One of the most popular examples of this is to contact one of the most reputable medical cannabis clinic in your area, whereby trained medical professionals will look to give you as much information as possible on how medical cannabis could potentially help.

Not only could a course of medical cannabis help to reduce headaches caused by epilepsy, but it is also used in people who are living with multiple sclerosis.

Biofeedback

Technology and the speed at which new and innovative items of technology and computer software packages are being developed have all resulted in leaps forward in terms of medical care, and specifically, such technological influences have also entered the field of epilepsy.

Essentially, biofeedback is using either imagery and sounds or deep and uninterrupted relaxation to change (usually slow down or reduce) core bodily processes such as heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.

For people living with epilepsy, biofeedback practitioners measure these three functions, alongside other bodily processes the individual medical professional deems appropriate, to ascertain the current levels and strive to balance them, keeping with a more relaxed and content mind.

Not only can a session of biofeedback serve to help to you realise your triggers when it comes to an elevated heart rate or a higher blood pressure reading, but you also be able to see the differences, for yourself, to how your body reacts to stressful situations, compared to non-stressful occurrences.

A Ketogenic Diet

For healthy adults, the body will use carbohydrates stored from the food they consume to turn into energy, which is why at first glance, the principles behind the Ketogenic diet appear to be ill-though out.

In truth, however, following a Ketogenic diet which is high in fat and completely devoid of carbs, forces the body’s cells to choose to burn fat, as carbohydrates are no longer an option. As keratins are the names of substances within your body that produce the means to break down fat and turn it into energy, the diet is named as a Ketogenic one.

Following this diet can be especially beneficial to someone who is living with epilepsy and has been used in this way for over a hundred years in this country.

Take Vitamin Supplements

Finally, although a less exciting and unique tip to gather your thoughts and to focus on the future in the wake of your epilepsy diagnosis, it is also worth considering beginning a daily course of multivitamins.

It is absolutely imperative to note that, should you want to begin taking vitamins, you must first speak to your GP, as in certain cases, vitamin supplements taken by someone with epilepsy may well damage the body.