National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
We are observing National Epilepsy Awareness Month to raise awareness about epilepsy and tell people about how it affects the members of our community. Epilepsy is a word that people are familiar with, but do not fully understand what it means.
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the body’s nervous system and the brain. It causes seizures. A seizure is when you lose control of your body’s movements. You seize when there are problems with the communication between neurons. When neurons don’t communicate in the right way, our brain cannot control the movement of our body. This is how the seizures happen.
Epilepsy can develop in any person at any age. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. The severity and frequency of seizures varies widely for people living with epilepsy – it is a condition that can be debilitating for some but for others it can be managed effectively with medical treatment and medications.
What should I do if I see somebody have a seizure?
If you see someone seize, the best thing you can do is call 911 immediately. For more information on how to safely help during a seizure – click HERE.
Symptoms of seizures:
- Motor symptoms
- Repetitive rhythmical jerking movements
- Limp muscles
- Tense muscles
- Muscle twitching or spasms
- Non-motor symptoms
- Brief twitches that can affect a certain part of the body
- Sudden stopping of bodily movement
- Changes in emotion and thinking
- Click HERE to learn more about different symptoms of epilepsy
Types of seizures:
If I’m worried a loved one has epilepsy, what should I watch for?
Unprovoked seizures are the main sign that a person suffers from epilepsy. Unprovoked means that the seizures seem to occur randomly or without a visible cause.
If you think you or someone you know is having seizures or might have epilepsy, the best thing to do is see a doctor. Chapa-De’s medical care team can assist. In the event that you require services not available at our healthcare centers, we will help coordinate care with a specialist.
For more information on how Chapa-De can help you or someone you know with epilepsy, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2810 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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