If you are faced with the diagnosis of epilepsy, you are probably already looking for the perfect treatment. That means putting together the right medical team to help manage symptoms. At Neuro Center NJ, we provide treatment for epilepsy in New Jersey. We can help you find the right combination of tools to aid in symptom management. But even if we manage your symptoms successfully, the reality is that epilepsy is a chronic disease that can affect all aspects of your life. In addition to symptom management, it’s important to incorporate coping strategies to help you manage your illness.
One of the best things you can do is learn more about epilepsy. We have found that many patients go into denial after diagnosis. That’s understandable, but it doesn’t help. Acknowledging your diagnosis and learning more about epilepsy and how it can affect you is the first step to reducing that impact.
For most people, the first course of treatment for epilepsy is medication. However, not all medications work for all people. Be sure to communicate with your neurologist about how medications are working for you. Also report back on side effects. Never stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor as this can lead to withdrawal attacks. It may take some trial and error to find the right medication or combination of medications, but medications are effective at reducing the number of seizures for most people with epilepsy.
- Replenish your medications before they run out
- Set timers to make sure you take your medications on time
- Use pill boxes to keep track of medications.
- Notify your doctor if you experience vomiting or nausea and are unable to keep your medications down.
Epilepsy can occur alone or along with other conditions, including mental illness. One third of people with epilepsy will experience depression in their lifetime. Treatment for depression can not only relieve some of your depression symptoms, but can also make it easier for you to deal with the challenges of your epilepsy diagnosis. It is important that your healthcare providers are aware of all diagnoses and medications to avoid medication interactions.
Get enough sleep
Epilepsy can affect your sleep schedule and a lack of sleep can make you more prone to seizures. It can be a vicious circle. It is important to establish a sleep schedule to ensure you get enough sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, see your neurologist for sleep tips and possible sleep aids.
People used to think that physical activity would cause seizures. However, for most people with epilepsy, the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks. Talk to your neurologist to determine what types of physical activities are safe for you. You may need to avoid high-risk activities, but you should be able to participate in some form of regular exercise.