Living with Epilepsy Disease presents unique challenges. For most people with this condition, the goal is to be seizure free with minimal side effects. That’s why it’s important to work with your health care team to find a treatment plan that is right for you. Below are 10 tips that may help you to live well with Epilepsy Disease.
1. Keep an “epilepsy diary.” Grab a pen and paper, go online or use your smart phone to keep track of:
– Seizures—when they occur, what happens, what you’re doing, if you experience strange sensations before they occur, where you are in your menstrual cycle—anything that will help you and your health care provider better understand your unique “seizure profile.”
– Medications side effects—Does the time you take your medications impact your side effects? Are you experiencing any new side effects or changes in side effects?
– Changes in how you feel physically and emotionally.
2. Make the most of your appointments.
– Share your Epilepsy Disease diary with you health care provider.
– Work with him or her to make improvements in your treatment.
– Speak up when you think you need a different type dosage of medication to get the best control of your seizures.
– Make sure you are discussing side effects of medications with your doctors.