3 Ways to Better Control Your Epilepsy

Health & Medical Blog

If you have just been diagnosed with epilepsy or other seizure disorder, you are probably wondering how it's going to affect your life and what you can do to help manage your new disease so that you can limit any seizures that you may have. There are several easy things that you can do to help manage your epilepsy. 

Get Regular Sleep

Not getting enough sleep may trigger seizures. The easiest way to make sure that doesn't happen is to make sure that you get plenty of sleep. You can talk to your doctor about how much sleep you should be getting. That can vary somewhat from person to person. Once you have figured out how much sleep you should be getting, you need to make sure that you stick to that amount of time no matter what. 

Eat a Healthy Diet

Everyone tells their doctor that they don't eat as many potato chips as they really do and eat more vegetables than they really do, but starting to eat a healthy diet can help to manage your symptoms. That doesn't mean that you can't still have junk food or booze, that just means that you need to limit them. The better you take care of your body, outside of your epilepsy or seizure disorder, the more likely you are to be able to control your seizure disorder. 

Keep a Diary

Keeping a log or diary may not help you control your symptoms, but it can help you. Each day, write down how you feel, what happens, and what your symptoms may have been. That can do a lot of things. One is that your doctor can take a look at your log or diary at your appointments to see what may trigger a seizure and if new medications are working for you or if they need to adjust something. Keeping a log can also help you. That's because you may forget something on your own, so having a record that you can look back at can help you remember if you had a seizure or if you have adjusted your medication as necessary. Seizure disorders and medications can affect your memory, so having your diary or log can really help. 

Getting a diagnosis of a seizure disorder or epilepsy may make you feel like you have no control over your life or that nothing will be normal again. To learn more and feel better each day, contact resources like Mohsen M. Hamza, M.D.


17 January 2017