How else does epilepsy affect the body?

How else does epilepsy affect the body?

How else does epilepsy affect the body?

  • Circulatory and respiratory system: The after effects of a seizure can impact a person’s heart rhythm and breathing function. Shortness of breath and coughing are common complaints for epilepsy suffers. Sometimes, choking can happen (although rarely). A sufferer is more prone to developing other condition complications, such as heart disease and stroke, in the long-term. The ultimate complication risk as it relates to the circulatory and respiratory systems is SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).
  • Muscular and digestive system: Mixed and disrupted signals from the brain during a seizure contract and relax the muscles in the body in an uncontrollable manner. This results in a breakdown of muscle tone and often causes a sufferer to fall without warning. Some sufferers may cry or scream just before a seizure. This is because the muscles surrounding the vocal cords seize up and unexpectedly force air out. The force can sound much like an intentional cry or scream. Digestive issues are common side-effects of medicinal treatment. Many experience heartburn, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, as well as abdominal pain. Many suffering a seizure also lose control of their bladder and bowel.
  • Reproductive system: Epilepsy, by default, can have an effect on a woman’s pregnancy. A pregnant woman is at higher risk of hypertension or delivering an underweight baby. Worse-case scenario is that she may experience a stillbirth. That said, if a woman’s epilepsy is carefully monitored and treated during pregnancy, she can have both a healthy pregnancy and give birth to healthy baby too.

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