Tag Archives: seizure medication

Why ME???  I know it just isn’t fair!  You were just like all the other girls just last week… Then it happened… You had a seizure and now your life is completely different.  Your parents are always checking on you and won’t give you any space. You don’t want anyone to know you have epilepsy.  You […]

  Background – Why? In the early 2000’s, results from several antiepileptic drug (AED) pregnancy registries revealed that valproate the highest risks of AEDs for congenital malformations. In addition around the same time, researchers from the NIH NEAD study examined the short and long-term outcomes in babies exposed to four different AEDs during pregnancy.  From […]

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Neurologist   Transitions are always difficult, but can also be rewarding when done with preparation and awareness of the important issues.  It can be particularly difficult to leave the neurologist who may have been the one who diagnosed you with epilepsy and guided you through difficult times. There are several […]

The FDA approval of EPIDIOLEX will soon bring to market the first plant based drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.  Studies in the U.S. of Epidiolex (a plant based cannabidiol or “CBD” formulation) have been ongoing for a number of years. Data from these studies has helped to provide evidence that led […]

In life, there are few people that are true world changers. I believe that the medical community has the opportunity to be full of world changers if they stop, pause, and remember the reason they chose the medical field as their career.  A few chose this field because they wanted to make money however, I […]

Seizure freedom is never promised…. As I wrap my brain around the fact that I have just had my first seizure in years, the emotions are overwhelming.  First, the utter fear that has consumed me is almost too much to bear.  The fear of if another seizure will come or what people will think of […]

Depression, Anxiety, and Epilepsy….. How to know if I have Depression or Anxiety?  This is such a great question!  Many people are stressed over things in their lives yet that does not mean you have depression or anxiety.  However, Depression and Anxiety are real issues that need to be addressed with your doctor.  As patients, […]

What is safe and effective contraception for women with epilepsy? Background We know that reproductive hormones such as the ones that are in various forms of hormonal contraception can affect the excitability of nerve cells in the brain and thereby potentially make it easier or harder to have a seizure.  In a survey of 1,144 […]

As we head into the coldest months of the year we all need a pick me up to make us feel better especially after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Women face self-esteem issues and women with epilepsy are not excluded from these feelings.  We are all trying to make ourselves fit this […]

At My Epilepsy Story,  we love to share with you what other Women With Epilepsy are doing in their lives while managing their epilepsy.  I want to introduce you to Ashley Gelfound and let you see what wonderful things she is doing with her life.  Thank you Ashley for sharing your talents with us!   […]