How can people prevent having seizures?

By Jeanette Terry Latest Activity November 10, 2010 at 11:41 am Views 4,135 Replies 13 Likes 5

Jeanette Terry

Everyone is different and the frequency of seizures is different for every person that lives with epilepsy. But there are steps that you can take to lessen the chance of frequent seizures. A few of these steps include having a regular sleep cycle, avoiding stress, and having regular medical evaluations.

What do you do to help prevent siezures?

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  • Awesomenat
    Awesomenat September 1, 2011 at 8:09 am   

    there are certain things that do trigger an aura/seizure for Me…hormones every moth, flashing lights, stress, not resting enough..I have to make sure that I take A nap everyday:/

  • liquidvamps
    liquidvamps November 29, 2010 at 2:25 am   

    All that you mentioned are good things to avoid seizures. Also, building your immune system (I have found that I have more when I'm sick, like with an infection etc), get decent exercise, keep a solid routine (I am very forgetful since I started having them myself, if I don't keep a routine up I forget to even take my meds), TAKE YOUR MEDS ON TIME!!!!!!!!! I can not stress that more. Most meds that a neurologist prescribes you are time released. Find out what your personal triggers are. Most people have roughly the same triggers. Mine are stress, lack of sleep, skipping meals, the heat (and I live in Texas), prolonged usage of a computer/tv, flashing light including the sunlight shining through the trees as I drive down the street, certain noises, infection/illness and hormones.

  • Awesomenat
    Awesomenat September 5, 2011 at 9:12 am   

    I can relate to You very well..The same things affect Me as well. I got sick Yesterday and I'm not even sure why unless, It's getting close to that time of the month for Me. Seizures suck!!!

  • Rightbundlebranchblock
    Rightbundlebranchblock July 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm   

    One thing that bothers me is if the windshield wipers are going at a certain speed.

  • UKEpilepsy
    UKEpilepsy July 23, 2011 at 3:23 am   

    I ran a "poll" on my site asking people what they felt were the most common seizure triggers, knowing the possible causes is always a good place to start when finding how to prevent them i guess. Check the results here

  • kaysara
    kaysara March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am   

    Yes, stress is my major cause. I suffer absences approx 10days apart. Because they come on a regular basis I wonder do I bring them on myself by, on the 10th day just waiting for the seizure to occur. I dont drive as I am too scared to should I have an accident. I am completly dependent on family and friends for transport and at this stage they are all fed up and I dislike asking. But something else, in the past 12 months whilst having a seizure and passing into unconsciousness, I have urinated three times, months apart but nevertheless it happened and always in company, family, who are kind and get me to the shower. Now I am housebound, afraid to venture out, unable to drive. Where do I go from here? Nowhere I suppose. Any positive suggestions would be so very much appreciated.

  • riverkings
    riverkings March 31, 2011 at 8:30 am   

    Kaysara, I'm sorry that happens, I'm sure it is very embarrassing for you, but you can't stop living life. There is too much out there just waiting for you to enjoy. There are a lot of incontinence products out there. Go to the store and buy some then you won't need to worry about it. I don't know what to tell you about the family and transportation, it is hard being dependent on others when in so many ways you feel just fine, maybe it is time for a family meeting and discuss your needs and their frustrations and your frustrations. sometimes a good talk is all it takes to clear the air and make everyone feel better. Good luck.

  • kaysara
    kaysara June 27, 2011 at 7:57 am   
    Edited July 20, 2011 at 1:20 am by kaysara

    In the months since my letter and you very kind reply I did what you suggested and did have a family meeting. My husband, daughter and my son, we all sat around and had a beer and a chat about my epilepsy and my dependence on them etc. They were very surprised and annoyed at me for thinking they were in any way fed up with me and my dependence on them. It has certainly cleared the air and we have regular discussions about me and my need for a drive to the shops, doctors, in fact anywhere. I visit my specialist on thursday next so that will be interesting to hear if and what progress I am making. Feeling good, now I just want to drive that car which is sitting at my front door!!!. KaySara

  • AuntieM234
    AuntieM234 August 26, 2011 at 9:55 am   

    How are things going for you now, dear K? I hope your treatment is progressing well and some more of the stress has been relieved. Hopefully, your meds will be such that you will be able to drive again. Sending love your way! ;-) Mara

  • kaysara
    kaysara September 12, 2011 at 7:15 am   

    Always so good to hear from you. I am being weaned off tabs and onto new ones. It is not easy. I suffer depression at times but my daughter is wonderful. She will talk to me and tell me how I am behaving and she is easy for me to talk to and realising it is the meds helps me cope. I had one full month clear of seizures but then 2 in one day! I blame it on the few glasses of wine I had two nights before. Now I shall abstain and be seizure free…yes. K

  • AuntieM234
    AuntieM234 September 12, 2011 at 9:24 am   

    God bless your lovely daughter for her understanding and support! I'm looking forward to the days when you can say you've been free of seizures 4, 5, 6 months and more! I know it isn't easy, dear one, but oh so worth it! Just hang onto its worth down the line. God Bless you, too, in your struggles! Sending love and understanding your way! ;-) Mara

  • kaysara
    kaysara September 13, 2011 at 7:31 am   

    Mara, great to hear from you. I have my wee seizures this past few days. I am not doing antything to trigger it that I am aware of. Perhaps it is just getting my system to accept the new tablets. I will persevere for now and consult my doctor if there is not a gret improvement in the very near future. Yes, I am looking forward to the 4,5,6months and more free!!! Kay

  • kaysara
    kaysara September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am   

    And I do love collecting my badges…