Purple Day: Supporting Epilepsy Around the World

May 6, 2020

Today is Purple Day, a day to support friends, colleagues, and loved ones who experience epilepsy around the world. We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 information center provided by the Epilepsy Foundation, which has FAQs related to the condition and how best to manage.

Below is some information to be aware of when it comes to triggers for seizures.

Have you ever wondered what triggers seizures?

You might have heard of flashing lights being a trigger for seizures, which is common for some however, health is not one-size-fits-all. This goes for triggers of seizures as well. Identifying triggers are unique to each individual. For example, while uncommon, some individuals may experience a seizure triggered by the act of reading or by noises. Others may experience seizures triggered by a combination of factors. A trigger is something that occurs fairly consistently before seizures and more often than by chance.

According to Healthline, these are the most commonly reported triggers:

What can I do to identify my triggers?

Put on your research hat and track symptoms in a seizure diary.

  • Start by documenting the day and time of an episode.
  • List your activities for the day and what was happening in the environment around you, for example, were you exposed to bright lights, patterns, or a specific smell?
  • What was the quality of your sleep and fatigue level?
  • How were your eating habits? Did you eat poorly and have low blood sugar, or did you have excess caffeine?
  • Do you have a fever, illness, or pre-existing health condition that is acting up?
  • Are you on your menstrual cycle, or experiencing other hormonal changes?
  • What medications and supplements are you taking? Have you made recent changes?

What to do with your seizure diary:

When you begin a diary, it’s useful to track symptoms that you might even think are unrelated to your seizures. Over time, with the help of your doctor and diary, you can start to hone in what’s most likely causing them or whether there might be a better medication or treatment for you to try.For more guidance on tracking your symptoms, visit the Epilepsy Foundation.

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