Epilepsy a very common disorder!!!
Epilepsy is a very common disorder . The incidence is around 30 per 1,00,000 population. Unfortunately there is lot of ignorance and stigma associated with this common and treatable disorder. Epilepsy is otherwise called fits in common language in india . Anyone may have an unexplained seizure once during a lifetime. It’s also possible to have one that is provoked by an illness or injury. But a diagnosis of epilepsy means having two or more unprovoked seizures.
People with this condition tend to get repeated seiures ( convulsion ) or fits. There are many types of seizures. They can be generalized or major seizures in which patient loses consciousness and has violent movement of hands and legs.We also see minor or silent seizures where patients just stare into space for a few seconds and come back to normalcy. Many people develop the disorder in childhood and outgrow it, while others cope with it for their entire lives.
Seizures can be disruptive and sometimes cause injuries, but they can be controlled with treatment. Epilepsy doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your life and finding success in all you do. There are lot of misconceptions in society about epilepsy. Some think it spreads by touch. Which is totally baseless. Some people consider it a curse and disease with no cure.
People need to know that epilepsy is a completely treatable disease and with newer and newer medications with minimal side effects it is now more easier to treat and quality of life is also not compromised. People can lead a completely normal life if treated in time and appropriately. There a lot of famous and successful people including Julius caeser ( roman emperor ) ,singers like Elton john ,sportspersons like flo jo , Johnty Rhodes. There a lot of apprehensions when women with epilepsy are pregnant. There is no reason to worry as these women can conceive and have perfectly healthy children provided, they consult their doctor even before they plan pregnancy.There is a need for social awareness to be spread through social media regarding epilepsy so that patients reach out for proper medical care.
Dr Deepika Sirineni, MD DM,
Apollo Health City, Hyderabad