If you or a loved one has recently had a seizure for the first time, you know that this can be a frightening and confusing experience. Using the resources below, you can learn more about seizures and their risk factors, the different seizure types and how age can influence the risk of having a seizure.
The diagnosis of epilepsy is an important step in your epilepsy journey. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone – approximately 42 Canadians learn that they have epilepsy each day. If you’ve just received your diagnosis, learning more about your condition can help you know what to expect.
There are various options available for the treatment of epilepsy. Based on your individual condition, your epileptologist or neurologist will be able to recommend the best treatment options available for you. The major form of treatment is long-term drug therapy with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). However, if someone has tried two or more AEDs and shown no improvement, they may be considered for brain surgery.
Managing your epilepsy treatment can involve medication and seizure management, as well as managing changes to your social, physical, and emotional well-being. By being proactive and tracking your seizures, medications, and side effects, your health care team will be better able to assess your progress, alter your treatment plan, and assist you as needed.
A diagnosis of epilepsy can change your life in many ways. It’s important to learn about your condition and medication(s), proactively manage your treatment, and maintain an open dialogue about your condition with your health care team, friends, and family. Remember – your health care team and loved ones are there to empower and support you as you continue your journey with epilepsy.