Why is it important to track seizures?
Knowing what happens during a seizure and how often they occur are two of the most important seizure details. Keeping track of seizures can help:
- Seizures can look and feel different from one person to the next.
- A first-person report of what is going on will help the doctor tell if the events are seizures or not. And figure out what kind of seizure it is.
- Knowing the seizure type will help you and your family know: how to respond to a seizure, what to be concerned about, what NOT to worry about, and when to get emergency help.
- Not all seizure medicines work for all types of seizures. Some are better for partial seizures than for generalized ones or in people with a specific epilepsy syndrome.
- Knowing the seizure type will help everyone decide which medicine or treatment to try.
Know if a treatment works:
- Track if seizures happen less often or have changed after a new medicine or treatment is started.
- If seizures continue or get worse, this information will also help you and your team decide when to try a different treatment.
Identify and manage side effects:
- Tracking side effects of medicines on seizure calendars can help you and your doctor know how you are tolerating the drug.
- See if side effects get better over time or go away when a dose is changed.
- If side effects don't go away, it’s one more piece of information to use when deciding if other treatments should be tried.
Identify triggers and modify lifestyle:
- Writing down when seizures occur and what happened around that time helps you recognize possible triggers.
- You may notice a pattern, such as seizures that occur only at a specific time of day.
- Or you can see if certain factors occur around the time of your seizures, such as not sleeping well, sick with fever or illness, stress or missing medicines.
- Use this information to make changes and help you get better seizure control.