It's unfortunate that there are still quite a few misconceptions today about the disease of epilepsy and its many forms. While many have a basic knowledge of the disease as being a seizure disorder, this is usually where their knowledge ends. A true understanding of this condition, and of what it means for the patient, is often lacking. So while we can not substitute a medical degree in this small article, hopefully we can give you some helpful information about epilepsy that will be useful if you or someone you know sufferers from this condition.
First note that epilepsy does exist in many forms. Seizures in the brain can manifest themselves in many different conditions. Many people assume that an epileptic seizure results in the uncontrolled jerking movement that we are often familiar with. However, some seizures can result in an almost tragic episode, such as staring blankly. You may also also hear of narcolepsy, where a person actually falls asleep for several seconds because of a seizure. And epilepsy can bring about involuntary jerking or spasmodic movements of the body, but not always to the degree that many assum. Sometimes these movements can more resemble twitching or glance spasms. The types of seizures that result in complete loss of body control, called gran mal or tonic-clonic, are very rare.
The causes of epilepsy are also varied, and sometimes can not be found in a particular patient. However, most are caused by strokes, tumors, head trauma, an abnormality in the brain that is typically present at birth, scarring of the brain tissue, growth, cysts, or infections. Typically cases of epilepsy can be treated with medication if the cause can be traced, however, some more severe cases may require surgery. This procedure is done if it is necessary to remove parts of the damaged brain. Of course this means only if it does not interfere with higher functioning, and if the patient has not responded to medication.
Those with epilepsy can not control or even anticipate when a seizure will strike. It is a mistake to think that even if they are taking their medicine that they can do either. While most can go years, sometimes even the rest of their lives without a seizure when being treated properly, others can have recurring incidents. Those who suffer from this disorder need support and encouragement. They may face restrictions as to being able to handle employment or being granted a driver's license. It can be a frightening and even downright embarrassing ordeal.
Hopefully those who have friends or family with epilepsy understand their concerns and are able to lend support and encouragement as much as possible. It's also recommended that the patient be in touch with his or her doctor regularly, as they are always developing new medicines and treatment options for this condition.
Common vitamins and over the counter can help with epilepsy such as Vitamin B, Brewer Yeast, Ginkgo, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, Cysteine and BTH
Vitamin B6 in some cases has been shown to be a natural means of controlling the disease in infant suffering from these violent seizures. Brewer Yeast is a good source of Vitamin B.
Ginkgo allows more oxygen to the bran, enhancing mental performance. Dr. Bazan has been doing studies that seem to suggest that that free radical scavengers may help epileptics. Vitamin E, C, Zinc, Selenium, Cysteine and BTH are all considered free radical quenchers.
Always consult your doctor before using this information.
This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.