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I'm writing from Denmark and I have a few questions, regarding physical training and eating habits.
I got epilepsy when I was 11, today I'm 22. I have Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, tonic-clonic seizures. I haven't had one for 11 months -success- but I have concentration, memory and bodystress problems. My body can't handle any kind of stress, and when it happens, I can be "sick" for days and I'm not able to do anything at all. Which is why I can only work 25-30 hours a week. And that is something medicin can fix, so I thought I would try a little more alternative method by training and eating differently, but the question is do I do it right and can I do it better?
I work out minimum 3 times a week, unless I'm prevented. I do bodypump for an hour one or two times a week, mostly one, I go to a hula hoop class for half an hour once a week and I work machines: cross, strength training, hula and then i stretch twice a week. I really like strength training and bodypump. But what I would like to know is, what is best for an epileptic, cardio or strength training? Which one should I focus on?
I'm not fat or anything, I'm actually quite content with my body, but it wouldn't hurt if I lost a few kg, I would just like to eat healthy. I don't eat candy, chips or drink soda. Chocolate and cake, I only eat when on special occasions. I eat soured whole milk with muesli for breakfast, dark bread with low fat natural cream cheese and sometimes parmaham. I eat carrots and then a rather big meal for dinner. That is my weakness, dinner! What I would like to know is what am I doing wrong? I don't loose weight, it's like I gain actually, of course it could be related to my training but I should loose something, right? How can I do better? and what will I have to change?
And most important, can I improve my epilepsy seizures and concentration problems with what I have written?
I hope you can answar my questions.
Thank you.
Sincerely yours
Sara Christiansen
Submitted: 5 years ago.Category: Neurology
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

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Yes I'm still waiting for an answer. I hope you find an expert who can answer my question. Thank you

-Sara

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Hi Sarah,
Have you taken the opportunity to discuss your training program and diet changes with the neurologist who is helping you to manage your epilepsy seizures and concentration problems?
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

That you for replying.

Yes I have, but due to some financialproblems at the hospital and the always long cue for expertism I haven't been able to reach a neurologist, nurse or guidencecounselor who could help me. Things are turning around at the hospital, but it is always difficult to get an appointment and a good talk. It can take two weeks before they reply.

That is why I wrote to you, I think it is a good initiative and I just want to know what I can do better for myself. I'm 22, I'm taking an education, which normally takes 2 years to finish, in 12 weeks. I have homework and other engagements, but I still want to keep training, eventhough I'm busy.

I hope you will help, however if you think the best would be to talk with my own doctor, I understand and then I will take your advice.

-Sara

Neurologist: Dr. Rick, MD, Board Certified MD replied 5 years ago
Sara,
I believe that what you are doing is a good idea but, as your condition and history is extensive I wouldn't feel comfortable suggesting any specific course of action as every epilepsy patient is so different as to what can trigger seizures and problems. As such -- and I'm sure you can understand this -- the very best person to advise you at this juncture is your own doctor; the person who knows your situation the best.
It sounds like you are getting excellent care from your current doctor. I wish you the best of luck in your education.
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