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Trigger Truths: Tell Us About Your Seizure Triggers

Are there certain situations that lead to your seizures? We call these seizure triggers. And the truth is, they're different for everyone.

Of course, skipping doses of epilepsy meds is a top trigger. So maintaining a solid medication routine is key. And flashing lights? That's probably one of the most widely known seizure triggers – but in fact, not nearly as common as people may think it is. (Photosensitivity affects about 3 in 100 people with epilepsy.)

So what about all the other seizure triggers? Ones you may not even realize could be connected to epilepsy, or others that are a part of everyday life? Identifying our triggers can help us better manage our seizures – and our peace of mind.

What are your seizure triggers?

Here are 7 common seizure triggers for people living with epilepsy. But we don't want to do all the talking... We want to hear from you! Tell us about your seizure triggers.

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1. Stress

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2. Lack of sleep

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Is lack of sleep a seizure trigger for you?

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3. Weather

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4. Getting sick (cold/flu.etc.)

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5. Skipping meals

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Some people with epilepsy say that if they skip meals, they are more likely to have a seizure. Has not eating ever impacted your seizures?

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6. Alcohol

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7. Menstrual cycle/hormonal changes

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Other seizure triggers

We know these are just some of the potential seizure triggers experienced by people with epilepsy. Comment below: What are your seizure triggers? And share your tips for managing your triggers with the community!

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