Epilepsy is one of the most complex medical conditions in the world. This makes it difficult for even healthcare professionals to understand, let alone patients and families living with the condition daily.
Just when you think you are starting to understand your condition, you are often thrown a curveball and your seizure type or pattern changes, or a medication you have been successfully using for years stops working.
Epilepsy is difficult to predict and you often find yourself second guessing when a seizure may strike. Often when you are ill, overtired, stressed or have a sudden change to your everyday routine, seizures can become more frequent. But you also have those seizures that can happen without warning and with no rhyme or reason behind them, leaving you pondering if anything has changed lately that may have triggered them.
The fact is that there are so many varying types of epilepsy from genetic conditions you are born with, to a brain illness or injury that causes a sudden onset of epilepsy at any point in your life. This makes it difficult for some people to understand their epilepsy and what types of seizures they may have.
What makes it even harder is the fact that over the years some terminology has changed that describes seizures, so you may hear different words to describe your specific seizure type and not understand the meanings, or if in fact they are describing the same type of seizure just with using different words.
As with everything, knowledge is the key and the more you understand about epilepsy the better informed you can be to choose the right help and support for you and your family and tap into services and products available to help you live your life to the full. We have tried to break down the language barrier with this handy guide to seizure types and terminology so that you can understand epilepsy a little bit better.