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Epilepsy

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Yiayia4 Sat 09-Feb-19 17:35:31

My DDIL was diagnosed yesterday with Epilepsy she is so upset and shocked,the worse thing not being able to drive.
She leads a very busy life two sons a dog a job and a horse. Fortunately we live near and can help,my son is an amputee so can't do everything.If anyone has experience of epilepsy it would be great to hear your comments,looking it up driving is banned for a year.Thanks for reading.

Charleygirl5 Sat 09-Feb-19 18:41:28

There are various types of epilepsy and also a lot depends on how many fits she is having and if her drugs manage to control her fits. I also doubt if she would be encouraged to ride a horse. So sorry to hear this.

tanith Sat 09-Feb-19 19:01:58

If they can get the right medication dose her seizures can be well controlled and she will learn to live with some limitations but may well be able to resume driving after a year seizure free. It’s a shock and takes time to come to terms with I’m sorry she has this to deal with.
My daughter was in her position at 28 she has lived pretty much normally since her diagnosis although she never learnt to drive but brought up her three children and worked almost all as a single Mum she is now 43 and well controlled. So there is light at the end of the tunnel.

annsixty Sat 09-Feb-19 19:11:04

My neighbour was diagnosed with late onset epilesy in his late forties
He was only stopped driving for 6 months I think.
Since then, he is now 60, he has led a totally normal life, his meds are obviously controlling his condition.

sodapop Sat 09-Feb-19 19:29:32

Yes its just a case of getting the meds right and the seizures controlled. This may take a while so your daughter in law would be wise to discontinue horse riding for a time or just use an indoor school where there is supervision. It's a scary diagnosis I know but as tanith & annsixty say once the meds are right things will go back to normal. It will help her as well if you carry on as usual and don't make too big a deal out of this. I wish her well.

cornergran Sat 09-Feb-19 20:02:48

I agree with other posters, once the right medication and dosage are found and seizures controlled it’s possible to do just about anything. Driving is usually permitted after a year free of seizures of any kind. I can understand it’s a difficult diagnosis to hear but please encourage your daughter in law to live her life, don’t treat her differently and try not to be overly anxious yourself. If you are concerned about management should a seizure occur when you are with her the NHS site has some straightforward advice as does epilepsy.org.uk. Wishing you all well.

Yiayia4 Sat 09-Feb-19 20:59:41

Many thanks to you all, it's early days hopefully she will come to terms with it all and we will cope with school runs etc,she has already started the meds so we will see how it goes.