Can patients with epilepsy live a normal life?
Yes, epilepsy patients can live a normal life with proper treatment and management. Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. It starts from the “first seizure” to recurrent seizure episodes that affect a person’s quality of life and make it difficult to carry out daily activities. However, with the right medical care and support, most people with epilepsy can lead a fulfilling and productive life.
According to the World Health Organization, around 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally. It is estimated that up to 70% of people living with epilepsy could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated. About three quarters of people with epilepsy may not receive the treatment they need. This is called the “treatment gap”.
Living with epilepsy
Living with epilepsy can be challenging, but it is essential to remember that epilepsy is a manageable condition. Many people with epilepsy have successful careers, healthy relationships, and active social lives. It is important for patients to educate themselves about their condition and seek support from healthcare professionals, family, and friends.
In addition to medication, lifestyle changes can also help manage epilepsy. Patients are advised to get enough sleep, avoid stress, and limit alcohol and drug use. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can also improve overall health and reduce the risk of seizures.
Apollo Epilepsy Screening Clinic-Your partner in epilepsy care
We at Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai have a comprehensive treatment approach towards individuals with epilepsy. The management of epilepsy is all about early diagnosis and being persistent on taking treatment. Our experts believe that epilepsy is not just about controlling fits. It is a team approach involving the following.
- Clinical consultation by an experienced neurologist
- Neuropsychology & counselling session by a trained psychologist
- Diet consultation involving specific ketogenic diet for epilepsy
- Special education by special educators
- Rehabilitation by physiotherapists
Call 022 6280 6280 or visit https://www.apollohospitals.com/mumbai/contact-us/ to book an appointment with our experts.
In some cases, epilepsy may not be fully controlled with medication alone. In these cases, other treatment options, such as surgery or vagus nerve stimulation, may be considered. It is important for patients to work closely with their healthcare team to determine the best treatment plan for their individual needs.
Accept the challenge!
While epilepsy can be a challenging condition to live with, most people with epilepsy can lead a normal life with proper treatment and management. It is essential for patients to take their medication as prescribed, make lifestyle changes, and seek support from their healthcare team and loved ones. With these measures, people with epilepsy can live fulfilling and productive lives.
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