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Controlling seizures can be a struggle unless treatment is looked at from more than one perspective. Many people find that just one seizure treatment alone isn't enough to ensure that the condition is controlled. Successful long-term seizure control may require a variety of lifestyle changes, including the use of medication, exercise and diet alterations, and the use of stress reduction techniques. When used in conjunction, these therapeutic techniques fit together to offer more reliable seizure control for a person affected by a seizure disorder.
Medication is often the first the offered for seizure control after a diagnosis, but each patient is unique, and finding the correct medication or cocktail of medications is a trial-and-error proposition. In most cases, a doctor will start a patient on a medication known to reduce seizures and shown to be relatively tolerable in a low dose. The patient is then closely monitored through blood tests to determine the amount of the drug in his or her body, and is questioned about the severity and frequency of any seizure activity. Armed with this information, the patient's medical team can make any necessary changes to the medication orders. It's not uncommon for this phase of treatment to take some time to fully meet the patient's needs; it is, however, a vital part of controlling seizures in the long run.
Another crucial tip for seizure control is modifying diet and exercise. Just as with any medical or health situation, a well-balanced diet is imperative for a person who suffers from seizures. The standard suggestions of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats are perfectly acceptable for improved health. In terms of exercise, most doctors recommend finding an exercise program that fits the individual's needs and fitness level. It is often suggested that the patient choose exercise methods that promote calm and reduce stress; for this reason yoga is a good option for those seeking seizure control.
Finally, for those who live with seizure disorders, stress reduction is essential. Yoga can be of benefit, both as an exercise form and a stress reducer. Massage therapy is another helpful tool in keeping the body in good condition and promoting relaxation. Some patients have had success using meditation practices and visualization techniques to reduce the impact of stress on their quality of life. Used together, these techniques can help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, allowing the patient to enjoy a near-normal lifestyle.
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