Overcomming Epilepsy

United States
January 7, 2007 9:54am CST
my cousin is having epilepsy since 15 years. Its supposed to be heridetary to many in our family. But everyone is lucky enough that it stopped after they attainn 5 years. But this person is unfortunate enough that he is still surviving with it. Dont know the reason for that. Even elders neglected it thinking that it would stop. But things have been worse and he is experiencing it even now, at the age of 17 years. Now he is on medication taking Eptoin since one year. May be due to the high dosage of Eptoin, he lost weight and became weak. Very much tensed and depressed. Unable to concentrate on any thing. Can any one suggest me any other options for overcomming this situation.
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10 responses
• United States
8 Jan 07
I notice you live here in the states. I have epilepsy and it's mostly under control. I take Depakote and Lamictal daily as prescribed by my doctor. My best advice to your cousin is to see a different doctor. It doesn't sound like the current one is too bright. It is also common for teens to eventually grow out of epilepsy. Good luck.
• United States
4 Feb 07
I've had epilepsy for over forty years and to me it sounds like he needs to have a good conversation with his neurologist. Let him know the things that are going on so that the doctor can either change his medication or lower his dosage. Either way it is very important that he discuss this matter with his doctor.
• United States
26 Feb 07
tell him to do yoga....it will cure all types of problems from our body.......yoga is the best medicine for our body i think so..............
• United States
8 Jan 07
In high school I had a friend that had epilepsy at that time he was 18 what he had done was a surgery that separates the brain in two then they put it back together, since the risks were high, he was nervous but still he went for it, now he is all right with no problems at all.
@chipslfc (98)
8 Jan 07
my father my brother and my cousin all suffer from epilepsy. they had it since their teens and take medication to control it. i dont think it is an illness that can go away!
@riyasam (16578)
• India
8 Jan 07
i think deep breathing helps and avoid too much of stress.
• India
8 Jan 07
I'm sorry Idont know
• India
8 Jan 07
It is a well known dangerous disease and it is really difficult to tackle and come out of it.
@swatig (1187)
• India
8 Jan 07
My very best friend who is sitting right now with me have long history of epilepsy. he is taking medicines from very childhood i.e more than 15 years. In school he felt sleepy certain times and not able to give attention in the classroom. Even now he is taking his medicines but now he not feel that much sleepy as it is in routine now. He suggest Yoga, lite Excerise, Sports, which takes away undue Stress, which is the cause of his eplipsy. loosing weight is not due to taking the medicines, because you are taking the medicine in routine. It may be due to stress and depression, you lose your lbs. Are you aware of Alternate medicine, Bach Remedies,basically homiopathic dose, you found the related study material in yahoo group. Its medicines is for depression, eplipsy. It is also useful for concentration. You can brought the medicines from the USA or UK also.
@hackman (178)
• India
8 Jan 07
this may tumour grown in brain Iam not sure for that you just visit neurosurgons they may give other tabs, eption reduce the content of blood in our body but tablets will be changed based on patient condition don't worry take scan doctor may suggest you either a operation or radio theorapy
@JoeyCa (1810)
• Belgium
7 Jan 07
Well it's definitely a hard problem! If you had developed epilepsy sixty years ago, living a normal life would have been much more difficult. In those days prejudice and fear closed many doors. Yet, even today, epilepsy still causes some people to withdraw from the world, to become isolated and lonely. Don't let that happen to you. Do everything you can to prevent epilepsy from become a constraining, negative element in your life. Following are some tips from other people with epilepsy on how to live a full life in today's world: Educate yourself and others about epilepsy so you can help get rid of the mistaken ideas of the past. Seek medical help you can trust; find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and who will listen to you. Be a part of the treatment team. Although your doctor recommends treatment, it is up to you to follow the treatment and take control of your life. Be open with other people. Try to ignore any negative reactions. Be pleasant but assertive about your place in the world and your contribution to it. Try to live as independently as you possibly can. Hold on to your sense of humor. Try not to worry constantly about having a seizure. Don't let those fears keep you at home. Wear a medical identification bracelet and carry a first aid card so if you should have a seizure, people know what to do. Don't frighten yourself with thoughts of dying from a seizure. While risks of dying suddenly are increased compared to the general population, it is still very unlikely to happen. The brain has its own special systems for bringing seizures safely to an end. Fight feelings of sadness and depression. You may need help from others to deal with these feelings, but the most important part is not to give up. If you have seizures so often that you can't work outside your home, develop some special skill which might make it possible to work from home. Learn a computer language. Build a hobby and interact with others over the Internet and through clubs. You'll feel better about yourself as you do, and it could even develop into a career one day. Work at developing friendships and contacts with others. Become a volunteer. Helping others is often the best way to help yourself. Never, never forget that you're a normal person who just happens to have a medical problem. In every important aspect of life, you are just like everyone else with just as much to offer, and just as much to give... xxx