Being susceptible to seizures can steal the security needed to enjoy the little joys of life. It is akin to sitting on a time bomb and living life on a leash. If left untreated, epileptic seizures expose an individual to grave risks including drowning, choking, fatal injuries, and accidents just to name a few.
Before discussing the different epileptic seizure treatments, it is important to understand that there are different types of epilepsy. Whether you are the one affected or a loved one, due process must be followed to determine what type of epilepsy is in question to make individually ideal treatment a possibility.
The good news is that majority of seizures do not result in brain damage, but exceptions exist. Such cases necessitate intensive care to avert brain injury or even death in extreme circumstances. Below are some of the popular treatment options available.
An estimated 75% of children suffering from epileptic seizures can successfully manage their conditions using medications. The same holds true for adults though supporting statistics are rare because epilepsy tends to affect the very young and the very old. For drugs to work effectively, the severity and frequency of the seizures will have to be taken into consideration.
For children, several drugs like Phenobarbital, Depakote, and many others exists, some are safer than others with varying side effects depending on the drug. Hyperactivity, insomnia, and aggression are some of the common side effects. For adults, drugs like Valium, Carbamazepine, Zarontin and others are available.
Utilization of ketogenic diets as a viable treatment option is more established. It works by promoting the production of a group of blood chemicals referred to as ketones. A ketogenic diet is simply a diet devoid of carbohydrates, lack of which facilitates the release of ketones in the body. Ketones have been proven to suppress seizure occurrence in some adults and children.
The downside to this treatment method is the restrictive nature of such a diet not to mention the fact that many people find it a burden to weigh food and calculate the specific caloric content of meals.
The vagal nerve stimulator is placed under the collarbone. It works by conveying electric signals to the brain by first delivering them to the vagus nerve. The process, though thinly understood, works. The appealing aspect of this treatment method is that recipients can trigger’ the stimulator by swiping a magnet over the stimulator once they detect an impending seizure. It can help prevent/reduce the severity of the seizure. It is mainly ideal for adults due to the technicality involved.
Surgery is ideal for children since it poses an extreme risk for adults; cases of adult surgeries, however, are not uncommon. Surgery works best with seizures that emanate from particular brain areas rather than generalized brain zones. Surgical options include partially removing the temporal lobe, removing half the brain or a hemispherectomy.
The good news is that with diligence, epileptic seizures can be controlled. What’s more, after around ten seizure-free years, it is possible to ease off medication and other control strategies gradually. Other unusual seizure control measures include the use of trained dogs and medical marijuana. With epilepsy, you can be confident of finding a solution that will work for you and enable you to live an uninhibited life.