Tips for Epilepsy during the COVID crisis
Dr. Padmaja Kandula recommends the following tips for people with epilepsy:
- Maintain your medication supply. It is important to maintain an emergency reserve of your epilepsy medications, just in case there is an interruption in availability.
- Maintain a healthy daily routine with good sleep. Your normal routines may be disrupted due to the pandemic, however it is important to keep up with a healthy, consistent routine, and prioritize sleep. Since lack of sleep can increase seizure frequency, adjust to your new normal by establishing regular wake and sleep times. Aim for at least 8 hours of quality sleep.
- Practice self-care and reduce stress. It is important to maintain a good diet and limit alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. Exercise can be very helpful, but discuss your exercise plans with your neurologist beforehand to make sure they are safe. Remember to make time to care for your mental health and limit stress where possible.
- Stay connected during times of isolation. Consider ways you can connect with family and friends using phone, email, or video chats.
- Create a seizure action plan. Educate yourself and your loved ones about what to do if you have a seizure and create a seizure action plan in collaboration with your neurologist. This plan will include when to seek emergency care.
- Advocate for yourself. Be assertive with your neurologic care and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Discuss your current treatment plan and other potential treatment options with your doctor. Lastly, keep yourself on track, set healthy goals for the coming year and work towards your personal best.
There are more than 2.7 million Americans living with epilepsy, a disease of the brain characterized by unprovoked seizures. Our team of experts understand how much this illness can affect patients’ self-esteem and overall quality of life.
Our epilepsy specialists are leaders in treatment, research, and education, particularly the care of people with difficult-to-control (intractable) seizures.
How We Treat Epilepsy
Our comprehensive team offers full-service diagnostic testing and video monitoring, management of medications, dietary therapy, and surgical treatments, and work to find the best approach to control seizures.
Our doctors are currently seeing patients through in-person and video visits.
When you call to schedule an appointment with our doctors, please let the team know if you want an in-person or video visit. If you request a video visit, our team will walk you through the simple process of arranging one.
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