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Great news if you have trouble predicting your epileptic seizures!

by , 22 November 2013

Some epilepsy sufferers know instantly that they're about to have an epileptic seizure thanks to the ‘aura' that precedes it. Others have no idea that the seizure happened in the first place. That's why epilepsy sufferers across the globe have rejoiced at news that an implant has been developed to predict epileptic seizures, especially since epilepsy can strike at any time...

 

Did you know that epilepsy is the most common neurological condition, with roughly one in every 100 people having epilepsy?

Added to this, you’re not alone if you lose consciousness during your epileptic seizures.

That’s why epileptics across the globe are excited at news that Australian scientists have developed a device that gives you warning of an epileptic seizure, says TimesLive.

It works by detecting electrical signals in the brain through surgically implanting electrodes between the brain and the skull.

If there’s risk that you’re about to have an epileptic seizure, a wireless hand-held device beeps and vibrates to alert you of the threat.

The best part?

Here’s why the epilepsy warning device is such a necessary invention for epileptics…

The device was shown to prove high-level seizures up to 100% of the time in a four month-test, with up to 100 minutes’ warning time!

This means you’d have ample warning ahead of activities where an epileptic seizure is especially dangerous, like when swimming or driving.

And it’s even better news for the estimated 20 million epileptics around the world who can’t control their epilepsy through drug treatment, says TimesLive.

Because all too often, there’s no warning ‘aura’ of feeling unwell before an epileptic seizure, says Epilepsy.com.

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes, for example, says his family realised something was wrong when he was about six years old and kept ‘falling and getting knocked out’, says JoyMag.

As a result of his diagnosis, he was warned against playing rugby as his type of epilepsy is triggered by head injury, but he clearly continued to participate in sport and didn’t give up on his dreams.

Here’s why you need to consult a doctor any time you have a seizure…

As Rhodes knows, his mild form of epilepsy means his seizures are only activated by a concussion. So he doesn’t even take medication and can drive and move around easily.

But not everyone’s that lucky.

So if you suddenly have a seizure, discuss it with a doctor – it could be a one-off event or the start of your life with epilepsy, as epilepsy can affect people of any age.

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