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Epilepsy and its trigger factors

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My partner has been recently dignsd as being epileptic and is on 1000mg a day of epilim. He is 34 and just had a seizure one day at work..one seizure last nov and 1 a couple of months ago (with no meds). He had weird feelings before the seizures for a couple of years which he has now put down to 'auras'..he had an aura b4 his last one...he hasnt had any auras since being on meds. But our neurogst said tiredness could b a trig for his seizures..I wanted to ask how likey is it that he could have any other seizures now being on meds? But also sometimes like most people when you have bad sleep,stressed or generally run down etc - are they likley to happen again?
Just worried for his safetly and probably overly parranoid- Leena!!


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replied May 21st, 2009
Epilepsy Answer A6613


Medication for epilepsy might not be sufficient if the condition becomes worse. Therefore, change in the medications or, at least, the dosage might be needed.


Trigger factors that might cause seizures include: alcohol and caffeine that might alter the neural irritability. Lack of sleep does not allow the brain cells to rest and to produce certain substances needed for their normal function. Extreme stress might lower the seizure threshold and trigger seizures. Illness and infections might trigger seizures possibly due to fever. This is a common trigger in children.


Avoiding all these trigger factors might help you reduce the seizures. However, if seizures occur despite the medications, then you might want to visit a neurologist to adjust the therapy.


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