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Old 12-14-2011, 02:35 AM
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Exercise and seizures


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I have recently started an exercise routine. Its made me feel energized even with the muscle aches. I was wondering about the after effects of my seizures on more built muscles. Currently after a seizure I feel truely beaten and have trouble with even walking some days. Will having a more fit body help by being able to endure more or will more muscles just equal more pain?
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:54 AM
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When I worked out I didn't really see a difference in my seizures until after 6 months to a year when they not only lessened in frequency but became much lighter & I recovered faster with less of a post-ictal phase.
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Certain muscles play a stabilizing role, so having those built-up should help, depending on what typically happens during your seizures. For instance, if I build up the particular shoulder muscles that protect it from dislocating, that will minimize the damage that occurs when I fling my arms around while seizing. Strong abdominal muscles tend to lessen strain on the back, especially while you are recovering from a seizure, so it can be helpful to develop those as well. As a general rule, being healthy and fit will be a plus rather than a minus when you have a seizure. In addition, developing muscle mass can help prevent the osteoporosis that several anti-epileptic drugs are associated with.

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Thanks for the info. I just hope that the seizures hold off a little so that I'm not mixing exercise aches with seizure aches :P
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It can help to take an ibuprofen before the aches set in from exercise. And if you are really achy you may be exercising a little too hard. You might try mixing up your routine. Lengthening contractions are the ones that tend to cause soreness 24 hours later. Isometric exercises and shortening exercises don't cause any soreness.
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Nifty more info to put to good use! Thanks my Thank You Queen
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...me again! Just want to also say that I knew everything I was doing, and had heart palpitations, didn't do anything out of the norm. It was more like a panic attack but I am just worried it is different seizure activity. I take 150mg x 2 a day of Lamictal.

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Exercise never made my seizures worse.

I've always walked a lot anyway and it kept me in shape.

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