What Is That?Epilepsy is a disorder that causes seizuresregularly to those who have it.The disorder is not spreadable, but is geneticin most ways.
Seizures are the most deﬁnite signs ofEpilepsy.Though this is true, seizures can have a rootcause not associated with Epilepsy.Head injuries are one source of seizures, andin the long run, possibly the whole Epilepsycondition.If you have only ever had a seizure once inyour life, this is a sign of something seriousthat is related to an incident not pertainingto Epilepsy.
Who’s Got It?Epilepsy is known to develop in youngchildren or aging adults.However, you can get it at any age, nomatter your health.
What’s Going On Up There?To sum it up, your brain has electric patternsthat take place all the time. But when thosepatterns go haywire, a seizure is theproduct.Your vagus nerve in the back of your neckcontrols the actions your body does during aseizure.
Luckily, people who have Epilepsy are atoption to not have to deal with seizures allthe time. There are medications that areprescribed to people with the condition thatwill keep their symptoms of Epilepsyundercover.There are long term treatments such assurgery to the brain, or implementing adevice called a vagus, which sends signals tothe vagus nerve how to control seizures andkeep them from happening.
Can It Be Prevented?There are many ways to keep Epilepsy atbay, but if you are vulnerable to those trickygenes, you might get it from someone else inyour family who passed it down to you.If that is not the case, always encouragechildren to wear appropriate head gear, seatbelts, the likes... Head injury should beprevented, for the brain is the center of thecontrol of seizures and Epilepsy.
SupportLike for Diabetes, there are many websitesand foundations that people with Epilepsyhave access to for addressing their issues,and sharing insight on their daily life withthe condition. My Epilepsy is a communityonline for just that (www.epilepsy.com/community).
Say You Think YouMight Have Epilepsy... The type of doctor you need to see is a neurologist specialized in Epilepsy and seizures. They will perform a test called the electroencephalogram, which will measure the electric activity in your brain. The neurologist may do a physical examination of you, and if he determines you have Epilepsy, he will offer the treatment options like surgery or the vagus.
Epilepsy is a very rare condition. At a singlepoint in time, only about 60,000 people havethe disorder, yet only 5% of the populationwill ever have a seizure in their life.Realize that it is sometimes embarrassing forepileptic children to have seizures right infront of their friends. They won’t know whatis going on, and might call the awkwardﬂailing of the arms and legs and thetwitching funny.Epilepsy does not limit anyone from doingeveryday things. Jobs don’t disregard peoplewith the disorder, because they are peoplejust like you and me. So, next time you seesomeone have a seizure, Epileptic or not, givesupport, because those people are strong forliving with Epilepsy...