The unpredictability of seizures can sometimes leave you feeling out of control. You can, however, take positive steps to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life, and potentially help improve seizure control.
Some methods of self-management include:
- Keeping a seizure diary
- Taking medication every day exactly as prescribed
- Monitoring alcohol consumption and avoiding binge drinking
- Avoiding recreational drugs
- Monitoring caffeine intake – caffeine is a stimulant which can sometimes trigger seizures
- Eating a healthy balanced diet and maintain good hydration
- Regular exercise
- Keeping a good sleep routine to ensure you get plenty of sleep
- Addressing stress and anxiety
- Taking precautions when feeling unwell as this is more likely to trigger a seizure
- Monitoring hormonal changes – eg, in menstrual cycles or menopause
- For some people, avoiding flashing/flickering lights
- Treating epilepsy with anti-epileptic drugs
- Making the most of anti-seizure medication (ASMs)
- Side effects of anti-epileptic drugs
- Are anti-epileptic drugs for life?
- Device based treatment options
- Complementary therapies
- Cannabis and epilepsy
- Same drug, different name?
- Emergency medication
- Epilepsy surgery
- Ketogenic diet
- Dietary treatment options for adults
- Lack of sleep
- Epilepsy and stress/anxiety
- Photosensitive epilepsy
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