seizure triggers

A seizure trigger is an event that sets off a seizure and is unique to each individual. Knowing what triggers your seizures can help you plan and prepare. For instance, if you know lack of sleep triggers a seizure you can do your very best to make sure you get the right amount and quality of sleep. Not all seizures have triggers, although they are common. Persons with epilepsy should try to identify and to avoid their triggers. Some examples of triggers include:

  • A missed dose of medication
  • Stress, either positive or negative
  • Lack of sleep
  • Fever, illness, pain
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Missed meals
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Flashing lights (photosensitive seizures)

If you are newly diagnosed, you may not know what your triggers are and you may want to keep track of your seizures using a seizure journal. This journal will give you the opportunity to document and think about what was occurring around the time of the seizure to see if you notice a pattern.


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