Epilepsy and Seizures

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about epilepsy and seizures.

What type of information can you record or track in an epilepsy diary?

Dr. Arshi Naz discusses information that can you record in an epilepsy diary. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What type of information can you record or track in an epilepsy diary?

Maintaining an epilepsy diary is a very effective way for seizure management. The information which can be documented there is seizure type, the frequency, and duration. Some patients, they have multiple seizure types, so identifying which one is common can be helpful to curve the treatment accordingly. It can be helpful to document the seizure medication, its dosing, if there were any changes made in existing medication dosing, or if there are any new medication added there, did it help in decreasing the frequency and duration of the seizure. Those things can be tracked.

Females of childbearing age can track their menstrual cycle and identify if their seizures are getting more frequent around that time so that that can be helpful for physician to plan treatment accordingly for them. Documenting any lifestyle modification around the seizure time, like missing dose of seizure medication, or stress, or sleep deprivation can be helpful for understanding their triggers. So those are the things which they can document to help the physician planning their epilepsy treatment.

    

Your epilepsy diary should include more information than just when you’ve had seizures.

Epilepsy FoundationOff Site Icon (EF) shares some important details you should make sure to include in your seizure diary.

While some of the information might seem obvious, other information might not seem as important, but it can actually have a major effect on your likelihood of seizures.

Your diary information should include:

  • Frequency of seizures
  • Length of your seizure
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication changes over time
  • Medication side effects
  • Menstrual cycle, for women
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep pattern, including lack of sleep
  • Stress you feel
  • Type of seizure
  • When you have a seizure
  • When you miss a dose of any medication
  • Your current medication types and doses
  • Your medical history

Before working on your diary, talk with your physician to determine if there’s other important information he or she would like you to include.

For more information about what to record or track in an epilepsy diary, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Barbara Phillips, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Arshi Naz, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute