Can it be difficult to find a seizure’s trigger?

Dr. Arshi Naz discusses difficulties in finding what triggers a seizure. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Can it be difficult to find a seizure’s trigger?

Sometimes it's difficult to identify triggers or define them. We know commonly that sleep deprivation can lead to seizure, but seizure may not be happening each time they are sleep deprived. Now, the threshold at which these trigger could cause seizure can be variable, so that's why it's difficult to identify them. But once they are identified, if patient have seen a pattern that when they are sleep deprived each time they have been having seizure, then avoiding those situation can be very helpful for them to avoid seizure.

 

Finding what triggered a seizure can be tricky.

Sleep deprivation can be one common trigger of seizures, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

But other triggers, according to the Epilepsy FoundationOff Site Icon (EF), could also include:

  • Alcohol use
  • Caffeine
  • Drug use
  • Fevers
  • Flashing bright lights
  • Low blood sugar
  • Medication
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Not eating well
  • Stress
  • Time of day

Talk to your doctor for more details about difficulties in finding what triggers a seizure.

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