In a previous article, I discussed my history with the condition and how it has changed my life. In this article, I will discuss how to be proactive so that epilepsy does not control your life.
Work with your neurologist to find a treatment that’s going to be control your seizures best, and be careful of the things you do when you start a new medication, until you learn to cope with the side effects. One side effect of leviteracetam, the generic form of the drug Keppra is sleepiness. Therefore if you’re put on Keppra, you might want to limit the amount of driving you do until you determine if this side effect is going to be a problem for you. I personally have to take a larger dose of this medication at night
Keep a journal of when your seizures occur. Note the time, where you are, what happens, and how long it lasts. Time and type of seizure especially are important keys to finding a medication that will control seizures effectively. Provide this information to your neurologist so he can use it to determine if you should stay on the same treatment, or if it should be changed.
Be aware of how you feel after you have a seizure, because this can be a clue to what body parts might have been involved. My inner thigh muscles were involved in one tonic-clonic seizure I had – I knew this because a day or two after the seizure they were very sore, and I knew I hadn’t done any inner thigh workouts recently. Another thing that’s common after seizures is headaches, if there’s head involvement. One tonic-clonic seizure I had not only left me with a headache, but also left me with a few stitches in my head because I had hit my head against a corner where two walls met.
So how do you control your seizures? Make sure you take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Keeping medication levels where they need to be is important for proper seizure control. This can be difficult, especially if you travel. Traveling short distances may not be a problem, but if you do any long distance traveling, make sure you have your medications on you so you can take them when needed. If you think you might forget to take your medications while traveling, try to set an alarm for the time or times you’ll need to take your medications. When my husband and I are traveling, I set the alarm on my phone to remind me when to take my two medications, and I’m usually able to remember to take them at that time or soon after.
I hope this article has provided some insight on ways to be proactive so epilepsy doesn’t control your life. In future articles, I will discuss tools that can help you stay on track with taking and refilling your medications, as well as websites that provide the information on your seizure types and medications.