FAQs

18 11, 2020

Can person with epilepsy drive?

A person with epilepsy is usually eligible for a driver’s licence if they have been seizure-free (on or off medication) for the past one year, have no side effects of medication that would impair driving and are under regular medical supervision.

18 11, 2020

What triggers epilepsy?

Triggers vary from person to person.   Some people with epilepsy are able to very clearly identify situations that trigger a seizure, while others are unable to find a pattern to their seizures. A common way to identify seizure triggers is to keep a seizure record that includes tracking what happens before each seizure. COMMON TRIGGERS INCLUDE:

18 11, 2020

What causes epilepsy?

Epilepsy is NOT contagious – you can’t catch it, and you can’t give it to someone else. In more than half of cases, no clear known cause can be found. Some types of epilepsy are associated with genetic factors. Among the rest, anything that affects the way the brain works could increase the chance

18 11, 2020

How common is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is the most common, serious neurological disorder worldwide.More than half a million people in the UK have epilepsy, which equates to 1 in 100 people. Epilepsy can affect anyone, of any age, race, or sex, at anytime from any walk of life.

17 11, 2020

I have not had a seizure for years. Do I still have epilepsy?

If someone is taking anti-seizure medication to control their seizures, they are considered to have active epilepsy. The International League Against Epilepsy considers epilepsy to be resolved for individuals with an age-dependent epilepsy syndrome who are past the applicable age or if the individual has been seizure-free for 10 years and off medication for

17 11, 2020

Do people have seizures forever?

Some types of epilepsy are limited to a certain age group or stage of development, but in many cases epilepsy is a chronic, life-long disease. There are treatment options to help people achieve seizure-freedom. Medication will be effective for many people. Some people are good candidates for epilepsy surgery.

17 11, 2020

How is epilepsy treated?

There are many things a provider and person with epilepsy can do to stop or lessen seizures. The most common treatments for epilepsy are: MEDICINEAnti-seizure drugs are medicines that limit the spread of seizures in the brain. A health care provider will change the amount of the medicine or prescribe a new drug

17 11, 2020

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

Epilepsy is diagnosed by a physician or nurse practitioner. The healthcare professional will complete a medical history, asking questions about the seizure, such as what happened before, during, and after it. The person will have an electroencephalogram (EEG), which is a test that records brain waves picked up by metal discs (electrodes) placed

17 11, 2020

Do people get a warning before a seizure?

Sometimes people can feel a seizure coming on. However, warnings are not experienced by everyone with epilepsy. AuraSome people have an aura at the very beginning of a focal seizure or a generalised seizure. Technically, an aura doesn’t happen “before” the seizure, because it is actually part of the seizure. Some examples of auras

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