Epilepsy is a medical label that is utilized to describe at least twenty conditions involving seizures. People have been reported to experience seizure- like conditions all the way back as early as ancient Greece. In ancient Greece, people who had seizures were considered to be blessed or special and in touch with the gods.
In these modern times, anti- seizure medications (anti-convulsants) have greatly improved in efficacy and have tremendously decreased in side effects compared to even just ten years ago. Epilepsy is a medical area where great progress has occurred in the development of good medicines. The following presents some information about Epilepsy:
Definition of Epilepsy
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institute of Health, Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells in the brain sometimes signal abnormally. Some very famous people throughout history have suffered from Epilepsy, among them Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Joan of Arc and Julius Caesar. More than fifty million people across the world have Epilepsy.
How Epilepsy Affects Sufferers
Epilepsy affects people by occasionally making them feel like they are very sick, or in a haze and sometimes they vomit. Some people with Epilepsy feel quite scared to hear that they have this condition. Some people dislike having to take medication, or feel afraid to drive a car for fear that they may experience a seizure.
Treatment for Epilepsy
The treatment for Epilepsy primarily includes taking medication. The medications have really improved tremendously in recent years, in the sense that they have far fewer side effects and they are more effective. In the past many people had surgery, but now the pharmacological remedies are far more effective than previously, so this is often a better option.
Some people have obtained seizure alert dogs. Some dogs seem to be able to sense seizures before they occur and alert their owners that a seizure is imminent. It is intriguing how the dogs are able to sense and alert their owners before a seizure begins. It seems to depend upon the communication and the bond that dogs have with their owners.
The above is an introduction to the age old condition of Epilepsy. Present day treatment normally involves one of several very helpful medications to manage the condition of seizures. The severity of many seizures may be lessened and some seizures can be prevented altogether with proper medicine.
Gay, K. Epilepsy (2002) Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.