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Because of genetic disorders, epilepsy cannot be cured. Is it true...?

Written By Hanny & Melissa on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Seizures in people with epilepsy can sometimes endanger the sufferer, and others. The danger can be a fall during a seizure, until the risk of injury is broken.

Another danger, is the loss of consciousness when seizures, so the risk of drowning while swimming or having an accident while driving.

However, mental health problems are also often faced by epilepsy sufferers due to medication side effects, or difficulties in dealing with their conditions.

Mentally health complications that often arise include depression, anxiety, or suicidal ideation. Complications can also occur in epilepsy patients who are pregnant.

Although most epilepsy sufferers can experience pregnancy and childbirth well, there is a possibility that the fetus will experience birth defects or development problems. In rare cases, epilepsy can cause life-threatening complications.

These complications are status epilepticus, which is where the seizure lasts more than five minutes, or recurrent seizures without interrupted conscious conditions between seizures.

Another complicating complication is sudden death with an unknown cause. This condition can be experienced by sufferers of seizures that are not controlled by drugs. Therefore epilepsy which can begin at the age of children - it is very necessary to do treatment, especially to the extent of making life sufferers.

Epilepsy & Treatment...

Proper drug administration can stabilize electrical activity in the brain, and can control seizures in epilepsy sufferers.

The drug for treating epilepsy is an anti-epilepsy drug. Epilepsy cannot be cured. However, proper drug administration can stabilize electrical activity in the brain, and can control seizures in epilepsy sufferers.

In prescribing medication, the medical people actually need to consider the age, type of seizure, the condition of the patient, and other medications they consume. As for prescription drugs, they are anti-seizure drugs or better known as drugs that can change the way they work and send signals, or messages from brain cells.

For example the anti epileptic drugs are valproic acid, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, and topiramate. To provide anti epileptic drugs starting with a low dose, then the dose will be gradually increased. To monitor the body's response to the administration of drugs, patient need to have their blood checked before and during taking the drug.

Just like other drugs, anti epilepsy drugs are also at risk of causing side effects, whether mild or severe. Some side effects of anti-epilepsy drugs are relatively mild, including:

1. Skin rash
2. Dizziness
3. Limp
4. Decreased bone density
5. Memory decreases
6. Talk is not smooth
7. Loss of coordination of movements
8. Increase weight

Meanwhile, the side effects of anti epilepsy drugs that are classified as severe include organ inflammation (Liver organs), severe skin rashes, depression, and suicidal tendencies

During treatment, sufferers are required to take anti-epileptic drugs according to medical rules, and not stop taking drugs without their knowledge. If the administration of anti epileptic drugs has not been able to control seizures in people with epilepsy, the medical team can do epilepsy surgery, to eliminate the part of the brain that causes seizures.

The implementation of this operation can be carried out if the seizures are caused by problems in the part of the brain that can be removed without causing significant side effects, such as speech, language, motor function, hearing, or vision. In addition to drug administration and surgery, a number of therapies can also be applied to epilepsy sufferers who experience seizures.

And the therapy is in the form of installing nerve stimulators under the skin of the collarbone region (Vagus nerve) which serves to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures. Another therapy is the installation of electrodes in the part of the brain called the thalamus, which is connected to a stimulator in the sternum or head bone, to send electrical signals to the brain and relieve spasms. This therapy is called deep brain stimulation.

While therapy that is quite effective in dealing with seizures in children with children is the ketogenic diet (Diet with high fat content, low protein content, and carbohydrate). In the meantime, additional therapy to avoid triggering seizures can be done with aromatherapy which makes the patient feel relaxed and relieve stress. In cases of idiopathic epilepsy where the cause is unknown, the step that can be taken is to avoid triggering the onset of seizures. Healthy greetings always ...


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