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Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life (American Academy of Neurology) Paperback – October 24, 2006


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932603204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Filled with helpful tables and illustrations, this guide answers commonly asked questions about epilepsy including medications and other treatment options, diet, pregnancy, sports, surgical treatment, the effects of epilepsy in different age groups, and much more."--Exceptional Parent

"...A resource no epileptic or family member can be without: it offers practical answers to common questions about the condition and is especially valuable for those newly diagnosed... no public or medical library should be without it."-- The Midwest Book Review (The Midwest Book Review 2010-05-03)

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Ilo E. Leppik, MD, is Professor of Pharmacy and Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ilo E. Leppik, MD (Director of Research at MINCEP Epilepsy Care Center) presents Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life, a resource written especially for individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and their loved ones, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Chapters inform the reader in plain terms about epilepsy and its types of seizures, treatment options including drugs and surgery, issues concerning epilepsy and pregnancy, quality of life concerns, and much more - including a sound debunking of myths (for example, stopping anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy can potentially do more harm than good since seizures pose a deadly risk to both the baby and the mother). A glossary, index, and list of sources for more information round out this up-do-date, accessible guide strongly recommended for public library collections and the personal reference of epileptics and their families.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Wagner on April 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
A good general discussion of epilepsy and non epileptic "provoked" seizures. Interestingly enough, 50% of seizure causes are of unknown nature and diagnosis is even more complicated in those patients with heart problems. Even more great news, for folks who do not die young, is that the likelihood of epilepsy increases after age 50 (p. 115). So, enjoy...or not... Chapter one should be read to your associates, to prevent waking up with your wallet between your teeth. I would have liked a longer discussion on permanent memory loss/brain damage, but I have not come across such information in other literature either.
Several other good books on the subject are also available on Amazon. (It does not hurt to search Amazon occasionally for newer titles, do intelligent internet searches on the conditions, medications, and interactions and, of course, engage in thoughtfull discussions with your general practicioner, specialist, and pharmacist.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Steege on March 9, 2008
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A good synopsis of Epilepsy and how it can present itself in different forms, typical treatments, particularly with medication and basic side effects to take into account. This can indeed be a very complex subject and it was a refreshing approach, albeit an introduction, to some of the technicalities that the doctors do not always explain.
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By Veronica on June 17, 2014
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I recommend this book to anyone interesting in knowing about epilepsy. Either because you are affected by the disease or you are a caregiver.
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By ANGIE on December 2, 2012
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First, I must say that Dr Leppik is an exceptional man. He was first epileptologist. He is passionate about his work and his patients. He is a listener as well as an advisor. You, the patient, take part in all your medical decisions.

Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life is simply written so that the non-medical population can understand what he is expressing. This story sheds light on many areas that one with epilepsy often overlook cause we are so focused on the seizure activity. He introduces what other things can influence/aggravate seizure control. He also offers hope for a better life with epilepsy.

When Dr Leppik became my epileptologist, my seizures were out of control. He, and his associates, stayed by my side in a sincere effort to get my seizures under enough control so that I could once again be a productive individual. He was part of the medical team that oversaw my temporal lobectomy in '02. I will always be grateful.

Dr Leppik will be missed when he retires but his work/research in the area of epilepsy will be remembered as well as missed.

angie
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