There is no doubt that epilepsy can be an immensely debilitating condition. Working, social events, driving and family life are all greatly disrupted, if even possible. Sadly, less than 30% of the time the first seizure drug used is effective at controlling the seizure. From this point on it just gets more difficult. Anything that can aid in seizure control can be life changing for these patients.
While just dealing with seizures is bad enough, the mind of every epileptic there looms the fear of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, also known as SUDEP.
The exact cause of SUDEP has not been identified, although cardiac problems are very high on the list of likely suspects.
Recent studies have linked sleep apnea and chronic headaches. Since migraines and seizures have similarities, can obstructive sleep apnea cause seizures?
Brain power. We want to preserve it as we age, but are there brain supplements that can protect our brain? One form of magnesium may be able to do just that.
For those of you not familiar with the jargon, a refractory seizure is one that does not respond to medication.
Unfortunately, this is not a tiny fraction of epileptics. Rather, upwards of 1/3 of epileptics have seizures that do not respond to any medication that is used. The options that mainstream medicine have at this point are not pleasant. Vagal nerve stimulators embedded in your neck. Surgery to remove a part of your brain. Or, just deal with it.
Seizures will impact your life. Period. Uncontrollable, or refractory, seizures can destroy it.
I have certainly covered non-pharmacological therapies for seizures in past blog articles. The list of things known to help improve brain health in seizure patients is quite long. Continue reading Did Your Neurologist Recommend Natural Remedies for Seizures?
Ahh. Mitochondria. Darn near my favorite word. And the key to natural remedies for seizures and chronic migraines.
This is certainly not the first time I’ve written about my favorite organelle, and to some, it may seem like I attribute mitochondrial dysfunction to just about all that is evil in human physiology. Lest you think I’ve turned into a broken record, you need to remember what the mitochondria do in each and every one of the cells of your body.
Before we answer that question, we need to understand that stress is supposed to be good for us.
While many may find that hard to believe, the stress response is an adaptive response designed to protect us in times of hardship. This may be an increased storage of calories for a famine or a heightened immune response to fend off an infection.
The superficial understanding of epilepsy is that you have a region of brain cells that fire excessively, causing problems. If we can lock down the action of these cells, everything’s all good.