“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.”

Good morning!

Welcome to “living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.” Thank you for joining my friends from AustraliaFrance, Italy, U.K, Norway and the USA.  

Last night I had many of you on my mind and was hoping that my voice could begin to shed light on epilepsy.  Their are so many that struggle daily with this diagnosis and need someone to advocate for them.  Well here I am a voice to make a difference, hoping to help many of you worldwide.  As you may know, being diagnosed with epilepsy can be scary and quite confusing.  These are a few questions  I would like to help answer:

  • What is epilepsy? Is a diagnosis when someone has had 2 or more seizures.
  • What is a seizure? A seizure is a short change in normal brain activity. Seizures are the main sign of epilepsy.  Some seizures can look like staring spells some lose consciousness.
  • How long do seizures last?  Usually, a seizure lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes, It depends on the type of seizure.
  • What are the major types of seizures? Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain. Focal seizures affect just one area of the brain. These seizures are also called partial seizures.
  • If you have a seizure does it mean I have epilepsy? No, Seizures can also happen if you have a medical problem such as a high fever, low blood sugar or alcohol or drug withdrawal.
  • Epilepsy is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain.  (2.9 million people in the United States have active epilepsy) (5.1 million people in the United States have a history of epilepsy.)
  • How do I find an epilepsy specialist? There are a few ways you can find a neurologist or an epileptologist near you.  Your primary care physician may have a list. The American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society can provide a listing for you of specialists. (https://www.cdc.gov/ thank you for the helpful information.)

For further information please search the web for The MayoClinic.org. Also,  I highly recommend TalkAboutIt.org featuring Advocate, Hero and Actor Greg Grunberg.  I promise you will enjoy each segment.  Remember..Epilepsy lets talk about it.

Have a terrific day!

Maria

 

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