Question: Can Epileptics Live A Normal Life?

Can epilepsy go away on its own?

It isn’t common for epilepsy to go away on its own.

Long-term, recurring seizures usually can be controlled with treatment, which often includes taking medication.

About 70 percent of people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medications or surgery..

What can you not do with epilepsy?

ActivitiesWill there be things I can’t do?Risk assessments and possbile discrimination.Sport.Alcohol and recreational drugs.Photosensitive epilepsy.Transport and travel.

Does epilepsy shorten your life?

Reduction in life expectancy can be up to 2 years for people with a diagnosis of idiopathic/cryptogenic epilepsy, and the reduction can be up to 10 years in people with symptomatic epilepsy. Reductions in life expectancy are highest at the time of diagnosis and diminish with time.

Does epilepsy worsen with age?

Age: Adults over the age of 60 may experience an increased risk for epileptic seizures, as well as related complications.

Can epileptics drink alcohol?

Many people with epilepsy are at a high risk of seizures after drinking three or more alcoholic beverages. Research indicates that adults with epilepsy may have one or two alcoholic drinks a day without worsening their seizures or causing changes in the blood levels of their seizure medications.

What foods are bad for epilepsy?

Foods which may cause energy peaks and slumps include: white bread; non-wholegrain cereals; biscuits and cakes; honey; high-sugar drinks and foods; fruit juices; chips; mashed potatoes; parsnips; dates and watermelon. In general, processed or overcooked foods and over-ripe fruits.

Is epilepsy a mental illness?

Epilepsy is not a mental illness. In fact, the vast majority of people living with epilepsy have no cognitive or psychological problem. For the most part, psychological issues in epilepsy are limited to people with severe and uncontrolled epilepsy.

How does epilepsy affect daily life?

Epilepsy can have a major impact on everyday life. You may lose your driving licence or your job. You may also have to deal with unfair treatment from other people. This is often because other people don’t know much about the condition.

Do epileptics die younger?

“People with epilepsy 11 times more likely to die prematurely, study finds,” is the news in The Daily Telegraph. The story comes from a large long-term study of records of people with epilepsy.

What happens if epilepsy is untreated?

Someone with epilepsy will have repeated seizures. There is often no warning and no clear reason why the seizures happen. If epilepsy is not treated, seizures may occur throughout a person’s life. Seizures can become more severe and happen more often over time.

Is epilepsy a disability?

Epilepsy is a physical, long-term condition and people with epilepsy are protected under the Equality Act, even if their seizures are controlled or if they don’t consider themselves to be ‘disabled’.

Can epilepsy cause other health problems?

These include underlying neurological problems which may have caused the epilepsy, heart or breathing conditions, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions, and some cancers. Other deaths in people with epilepsy relate to drug or alcohol abuse.

Are you born with epilepsy or does it develop?

Epilepsy and seizures can develop in any person at any age. 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Factors like other health conditions, age, and race may make epilepsy and seizures more likely.

What triggers epilepsy?

Triggers are situations that can bring on a seizure in some people with epilepsy. Some people’s seizures are brought on by certain situations. Triggers can differ from person to person, but common triggers include tiredness and lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, and not taking medication.