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Self-help: Living with epilepsy

If you have recently been diagnosed as having epilepsy, the following points may be helpful:

Living with epilepsy
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  • Avoid anything that has previously triggered or may trigger a seizure, such as flashing lights.
  • Learn relaxation exercises to help you cope with stress, which may trigger seizures.
  • Eat and sleep at regular times.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
  • Check with your doctor before taking medications that may interact with anticonvulsant drugs.
  • Make sure that you have someone with you if you are swimming or playing water sports.
  • Wear protective headgear when participating in contact sports.
  • Before applying for a driving licence, talk to your doctor and contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for regulations.
  • Consult an adviser before choosing a career because some types of employment may not be suitable.
  • Seek advice from your doctor if you plan to become pregnant.

 

Posted 09.09.2010

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