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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Seizures after brain surgery

One the most important things I wanted to write about was seizures after brain surgery. This is mainly because I really wasn't made aware of them until I had my first one. They briefly mentioned the risk, but gave me no additional details on what to avoid.

Below are 3 triggers that cause seizures after brain surgery:

1. ALCOHOL: One of the biggest triggers for seizures after brain surgery. You can still drink, but my neurologist recommended only having ONE. I've pushed this to 2 drinks, maybe 3 on a weekend. Although this is usually over a good span of time, 3-4 hours. And I always drink water with it. I also recommend limiting the number of days you drink per week as well to no more than 2 or 3.

2. SLEEP: There's a direct link between the amount of sleep you get and seizures. Try to get  7-8 hours each night.

3. STRESS: There are two types of stress that will trigger a seizure: physical and emotional. If you regularly workout or have a manual labor-type job it is essential you do not push yourself too hard. And if you're going through a stressful situation (job, family, etc) that also comes into play.  

Please note these are not the only triggers of seizures. Talk to you doctor for more information and what you can do to avoid them. Once you do experience a seizure you will be put on seizure medication (most likely for life). Even if you are put on medication you can still have additional seizures, therefore it is essential be aware of the triggers listed above.

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