In India, November 17 is observed every year as National Epilepsy Day to create awareness about epilepsy. It is celebrated by the Epilepsy Foundation and various seminars, debates, stage events, etc. are organised to educate people about the epilepsy disease and its treatment methods.
What is Epilepsy Disease?
Epilepsy is a chronic brain disorder resulted in recurrent ‘seizures’ or ‘fits’. Seizures occur due to the sudden, excessive electrical discharges in the neurons or brain cells. This type of condition can affect people at any age and each age group suffers from different problems.
Therefore, we can say that Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which the tendency to have seizures starts in the brain.
How is Epilepsy caused?
* Infection in the brain.
* Congenital abnormalities
* Stroke and brain Tumors
* Damage to the brain due to prenatal and perinatal injury.
* Injury in head or accident.
* During childhood prolonged high fever.
* Infections like encephalitis or meningitis.
* Low oxygen during birth.
Symptoms of Epilepsy
Loss of consciousness
Muscles of arms, legs or face become stiffed.
Different types of sensations like sort of pricking pins or needles in arms or legs.
Uncontrollable jerking motions in arms or legs etc.