Unusual Triggers – Epilepsy

When I was diagnosed with epilepsy almost nine years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I had a field as far as the eye could see of learning do. The doctor who slammed down the hammer upon my life, the unimaginable word that for as long any of us could foresee, the condition sending bursts of electrical activity throughout my brain. I was never informed of the typical triggers that could cause a seizure. That I discovered for myself.

Typical Seizure Triggers:

  • Sleep deprivation – Overtired, Not sleeping well, Not getting enough sleep
  • Caffeine
  • Not eating well/Low blood sugar
  • Associated with menstrual cycle (women) or other hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Flashing/Flickering bright lights or patterns
  • Fevers or other illnesses
  • Missing medication dosages

Over the eight years having lived with epilepsy, avoiding these triggers became a requirement within my lifestyle. Opting for a much more healthier, peaceful way of life in order to overcome seizure activity as much as I could.

My Requirements To Best Avoid Seizure Activity:

  • Sleep at a decent hour each night
  • Avoid any and all caffeine
  • Eat healthy, nutritious foods
  • Exercise and stretch during menstrual times of the month
  • Avoid stressful situations as best as possible
  • Avoid any and all alcohol
  • Avoid any and all flashing/flickering bright lights and patterns
  • Rest well and eat well when not feeling well
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid prolonged periods of heat exposure
  • Both my husband and I have synced alarms on our phones to remind me to take my medication on time every time

However, interestingly enough within the almost nine years that I’ve lived with epilepsy, watching and observing my seizure activity closely, I’ve come to take notice that there are in fact unusual seizure triggers. Yes, there are other things in this world that do indeed set off seizure activity you wouldn’t find anywhere on the internet and that would most likely boggle even your neurologist. Now, not everyone is affected by these unusual seizure triggers, as everyone is different. Was I surprised to discover my unusual seizure triggers? You better believe I was astounded! Even sharing with my own neurologist, his eyebrow shot right up. What are these unusual triggers?

My Unusual Triggers:

  • Anything containing mint
  • Anything spicy
  • Anything containing red dye
  • Overexerting myself exercising
  • Certain styles/sounds of music
  • Weather changes

It’s a good idea to keep a seizure journal and document your seizure activity to the best of your ability. The more you know, the more you’re able to fight back against your epilepsy condition. Every detail counts. Every detail matters. Avoid your triggers at all costs.

Do you have unusual seizure triggers? Share yours in the comments below!

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