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Posted by Laura on November 09, 1999 at 16:22:31:

In Reply to: Re: the effects of drinking too much water on epileptics??? posted by janice on November 06, 1999 at 10:50:23:

: : : :
: : : : : I have had epilepsy for about 15 years and have been
: : : : : very fortunate to live a normal life on the medication
: : : : : I've been on.
: : : : : Over the last year I have been finally finding out by
: : : : : my present doctor and others on the effects of some
: : : : : food, medication and such that I shouldn't be taking. After
: : : : : all these years....someone is finally telling me these
: : : : : things. Recently, a friend of mine read somewhere that
: : : : : epileptics shouldn't drink as much water as the person
: : : : : without epilepsy. Has anyone heard of such a thing?
: : : : : I've tried to find out more on the internet but haven't
: : : : : been able to find anything relating to this.
: : : : : What are the down falls? Here they have been telling
: : : : : me that I need to drink plenty of water to maintain a
: : : : : healthy body....what's what anymore?

: : : : : Laurie Stone
: : : : : Rochester, New York

: : : : Hi,

: : : : I became aware recently of the same theory on drinking too much water. A book on Epilepsy I browsed through the other day also warns of epileptics drinking too much or too little water. Based on personal experience I think there's something to it. The last time I had a seizure I had a cold and spent much of the day "flushing" my system out with water. I had a seizure that night and wondered at that time about all the water I drank that day. I haven't had a seizure since. I would be careful. I'd like to know what other info you have learned which should be avoided by epileptics. Thanks.

: : : : Richard

: : Hi, I've yet to hear of such a theory but it does make sense. I take Dilantin and have been seizure free for 3 years until the other day. I've been trying to think of things that I have been doing differently which may have had an adverse effect on my body. I have been drinking a considerable amount of water lately, thinking it was good to flush out my system. My Dilantin level is usually around 21 (10-20 is normal), by the time I had my blood taken at the hospital it was down to 9. I guess I better slow down on the water.....

: I have fibromyalgia and epilepsy and must drink lots of water, I have never noticed any bad effects.

Well, this one I can answer...after visiting the ER after my last seizure (it was a bad one!) I was told that I had low blood sodium levels, and was asked if I been drinking a lot of water lately. I hadn't been, but I was told that drinking water excessivly (for anyone) can bring on seizures. The combination of the blood sodium levels, low Dilantin level, and extreme stress is what caused such a bad seizure...

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