Epilepsy: The Cause
A lot of people who do not live with epilepsy cannot fathom (imagine) what it would be like for someone who does, you see the average person gets up out of bed after a long night’s rest and jumps right into their daily routine with out a worry or care in the world feeling healthy and fine. For someone who has epilepsy it is a different route that they face every single day, at one point they might feel just like the next average person not thinking about too much proceeding through their day.
They decide to walk down a short flight of stairs leading to the living room and trip hitting against the railing on the staircase, they fall to the floor and start to shake uncontrollably at this point they are experiencing a seizure and it was triggered by the short fall off of the staircase. That was just an example of how a seizure can occur when a person suffers from it, and how seizures are brought on can happen in different ways whether it happens during an accident involving the individual or stress factors, even bullying someone who deals with epilepsy can trigger a seizure.
These are called “triggers” that can bring about a seizure depending upon the circumstances that the individual faces, keep in mind that other factors can also cause seizures such as a woman who is going through a pregnancy can suddenly have a seizure attack come out of nowhere. The list below will point out more triggers that can cause this neurological disorder to happen.
- Car Accidents / Severe Physical Injury
- Frustration / Embarrassment
- Flashing Lights (Signals)
- Sleep Deprivation
- Heavy Drug Usage
- Alcohol (varies depending on blood alcohol content level if it drops)
- Alcohol Withdrawal
- Incorrect Dosage of Anticonvulsant (“Missed Dose”)
There are many other things that can cause seizures, that was just a few listed above some more than other cause that can be more serious that can lead to worse complications.
Epilesy: How can it affect someone’s health
Epilepsy can do a lot of damage to the body both mentally and physically, it can leave a person in a great deal of pain from either standpoint. When it comes to the physical side of epilepsy it can cause serve muscle spasms to the point where the person will eventually lose control of motor functions such as , bowel movement, bladder functions, the clenching of teeth (sometimes the person might wind up biting into their tongue with great force as a result), and they also will have aching pain all over their body and the arms and legs become weak and unsteady.
The mental side of it can be even more dramatic for the individual, what happens is that the brain’s hemispheres (two sides) are affected in both the non-dominant hemisphere and the dominant hemisphere as a result the person may then lose long-term memory (temporarily), not to mention visual data through eyesight can be affected causing difficulty for the person to read and processing images. It’s really bad for children and infants; what the effects of epilepsy can do to them, toddlers who have it can wind up being diagnosed with autism or hyperactivity both are classified as emotional disorders.
Epilepsy: The Hereditary Factor of it
Yes epilepsy can be passed down to the offspring from the parents, so if either or both of your parents who live with epilepsy has a high-probability to pass it along to you. The reason for this is because of genetics meaning that it is written into your DNA, so traits that your parents had is based on a cellular level. DNA is everything that makes us who we are in the basic sense, and without it we would cease to exist.
(A flashing distorted “YES” sign can be enough to trigger a seizure)
Another thing to keep in mind is that your family’s history background can also play a factor as well, a child in the family either a brother or sister can develop the disorder but the chances of it can vary. This means that even though the parents may have it symptoms may not be present in the offspring, but the chances of it striking a child in the family is still possible so it is a 50/50% chance.
The same thing goes for the trait gene to be passed along to a child if only one parent that has epilepsy if it is the Mother that has it but not the Father, then the chances or risk of it to the offspring is 5 in 100 chance for it to develop in the child. If it is the Father that has it but not the Mother, then the chances of it developing in the child is slightly higher. If both parents have it, then the chances of it then the probability is slightly higher. The interesting fact in this is that most children do not inherit the disorder from the parent, but the probability of inheriting some types of epilepsy still remains.
Epilepsy: Treatment Options
The treatment process of epilepsy may not come as a surprise to you, medication would be the best path to deal with the disorder but there are other factors to consider about treatment options. For one you have to look at the person age which will play it’s role in this matter, anticonvulsant is such a medicine that doctor can use for treatment purpose but they will caution for it’s use on an epileptic patient and for good reason.
The thing that doctors fear about anticonvulsant (the medication is very potent and dangerous, caution in use is imperative when administered) is it’s effectiveness over the individual’s brain functions, it can lead to very dangerous results when using anticonvulsant drugs / medication especially when used to help treat epilepsy symptoms so check out the list below to see what anti medication drugs (side effects) can do to the user:
- Can cause vomiting
- Feeling Constipated
The other downside to anticonvulsant medications is that they are NOT 100% guaranteed to work for the patient, so it is like a see-saw type of deal (dosage amount of the drug) with this type of medication meaning that it could work for the patient or make the patient worse off than they were before. One example of that is problems with vision which is a side effect of the drug, diplopia which is better known as “double vision” is very serious side effect that needs immediate attention from a doctor. Blurry vision may occur when using anticonvulsants, but is considered a temporary side effect.
Epilepsy is a very serious neurological disorder that can strike at anytime to anyone who suffers from it, and it is considered very deadly if treatment is not administered. If you know anyone like a family member or friend that suffers from it, then the first thing to do is find out any information that can help them to fully understand the severity of it as well as treatment options.
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