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jezzabelle
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 3/3/2005 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Question for everyone- what things do you do to decrease your stress level so you don't have seizures?  One of my triggers is high stress which I'm experiencing at the moment actually.  Knock on wood I haven't had a seizure yet.  My roommate just informed me she's not living here with me again next year so I've been scrambling trying to find a new roommate, then my boyfriend almost broke up with me, and the first semester of nursing school is really time consuming.  I don't know what else to do but to either freak out on someone or cry my heart out.  All this stress, but I don't want to be so stressed out because I don't want to have a seizure.  Is there any tips you guys have for me? 
Much appreciated!
Jessica
"Carry on.  It is not easy.  But it is what we have to do- only we do not have to do it alone."
 
First seizure: 1993
Officially diagnosed: 1999
Type: Simple Partial to Secondary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures
Cause: Unkown, all tests are negative for abnormalities...
Meds: 750mg Keppra 2xday


AmandaJane
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   Posted 3/3/2005 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Jezzabelle - my heart goes out to you darling.  I have also found that stressful situations contribute to the problem.  Some people have suggested yoga to release some of the tensions.  They say that the toxins that build up in your body during these stressful times can be broken down with the yoga positions.  I have also found some natural healing wellness clinics to be of assistance.  there is a procedure in which your feet are soaked in some sort of solution that pulls toxins out of the body through the feet.  I don't know the truth about it because I have not researched it thoroughly, but if the concept can help you, run with it...(ha ha ha...no pun intended) tongue

As we're all finding out, we have friends here, even if we'll never get to hug them and say thanks in person.  But, you definitely have shoulders to cry out to.  I hope you feel better, and if these people can't stick with you in your hardest times, you're better off without anyways.

Keep smiling


Peace, Love and Happiness
AmandaJane


goodwitch46
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   Posted 3/3/2005 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Jessica-

I was just reading about the difference between men and women and how they deal with stress.  When they were polled, men said to reduce stress they engaged in some kind of physical sport such as running, basketball, biking, skiing, etc. Women reduced stress by... talking to close friends and family!

So that's pretty much what I do.  I agree also with AmandaJane about friends and  yoga.  Yoga is supposed to reduce stress.  I am going to try it.  I also think taking a walk by myself helps me to relax.

Also, you just can't control certain things.  That sucks out a lot of emotional energy.  Go with the flow! :-)

"Stress doesn't exist until you create it" -  chinese proverb              Glenda

                                                                              


complex partial seizures since 22
lamictal 200mg 2x/d
zonegran 150mg 3/d


jezzabelle
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 3/5/2005 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys so much for the advice. I've actually wanted to try yoga and someone suggested that I do that a little bit ago. I've been talking a lot to my parents and other good friends, it helps a lot. Going on here and ranting feels good too but then I feel bad for who ever has to read it! the good news is I just got back from a meeting to fundraise for my local epilepsy foundation- it's a bowl-a-thon, i'm horrible at bowling but it's for a good cause!! anyways, hope everyones weekends are going well and thank you very much!
~Jessica
"Carry on.  It is not easy.  But it is what we have to do- only we do not have to do it alone."
 
First seizure: 1993
Officially diagnosed: 1999
Type: Simple Partial to Secondary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures
Cause: Unkown, all tests are negative for abnormalities...
Meds: 750mg Keppra 2xday


mercyme
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   Posted 3/5/2005 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
March 5,2005
 
 
    Hi jezzebell
 
    I was reading your post and saw that you are involved with the epilepsy foundation where you live, I think that is great! I too am doing volunteer work with the epilepsy foundation of northeast tn.  I am a H.O.P.E. mentor and I go to schools and give epilepsy awareness presentations, I have one scheduled for March 16th at the same high school that I graduated from. It's amazing, I would have given anything if someone would have come to my school when I was there.  I never talked to anyone about my seizures, back then you didn't and that is sad. We shouldn't feel that we have to hide it. 
     As for stress I have found exercisng is the best medicine for me, I do pilates and cardio.  the stretching helps relieve stress for me. 
 
 
   I had epilepsy brain surgery in 2002, a right temporal lobe lobectomy. I am doing great! no more seizures. the surgery was a life long prayer for me, I had complex partial seizures for 30 years.  Now I know what life is like on the other side. This is what it feels like to be free!  I wish you all the best.
 
     Many Blessings,
 
     Mercyme
 

SheenaGirl
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   Posted 3/5/2005 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jessica! Sorry to hear you are under a lot of stress. I too have found that stress is one of my triggers and I am going to try yoga as well....I agree with Glenda and the others it is supposed to be one of the best things for relaxing....I have also been experimenting with meditation music...solitutudes music...relaxation exercixes...walking also works wonders for me when I am having a really bad day too. I am going through a high stress period right now too so am going to try some yoga and see how it works....maybe we can all experiment together! Hope you are feeling better and good luck at School! Sending positive energy and thoughts...(((Sheena))) :-)
TWILIGHT ....love generously...praise loudly...live fully!! (elias porter)\
CP TL Epilepsy, IBS, Obsessive Worrying/Anxiety Attacks/Migraines
 


Axa
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   Posted 3/20/2005 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I think my view at stress is a little bit different.
 
I always get angry when someone tells me: "Ah, Axa, you should reduce the stress!" I am active person who needs stress to live. It's like someone would say to me: "Try not to live!" Joga makes me actively bored and nervous, the same goes for baths with candles and soothing music. I wish to scream! I need hurry at work, I need action all the time. I think my "best" seizure trigger would be joga, definitely yeah Even ugly situations in my life somehow make me "high". I need stress as much as water, I suppose.
 
How different we are ...
 
Axa

Axa
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   Posted 3/20/2005 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I forgot, I need basketball and running!!!
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