It is a common condition which affects the brain and causes frequent seizures. The condition is not contagious and is not caused by mental retardation or mental illness.
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, in the US, an estimated 5 million individuals have a history of epilepsy.
Common causes of this condition may include:
- birth injuries;
- stroke (is the main cause of epilepsy in adults over the age of 35), including hemorrhage;
- alcohol withdrawal;
- drugs abuse;
- certain toxic chemicals;
- brain conditions, like – vascular malformations (a congenital growth, made up of veins, arteries, capillaries, or lymphatic vessels) or brain tumors;
- a chemical imbalance like low blood (glucose) sugar or sodium.
- high fevers in childhood;
- dementia (a decline in mental ability that interferes with daily life);
- history of head injuries;
- age —people over 60 and young children are at higher risk.
Possible symptoms may include:
- uncontrollable shaking and jerking – called a “fit;”
- strange sensations, like unusual tastes or smells, a “rising” feeling in the tummy, and a tingling feeling in the legs or arms;
- peculiar changes in senses, like – touch, smell, and sound;
- the person becomes fearful for no apparent reason;
- repetitive movements which seem inappropriate;
- for a short time, the sufferer seems unable to communicate;
- sudden bouts of chewing, without any apparent reason;
- losing awareness.
Note – most patients with the condition lead full, active lives, however, they are at risk for serious conditions, like – sudden unexplained death and status epilepticus (when a person has an abnormally prolonged seizure).
A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain. They are categorized as primary or secondary:
- a primary brain tumor originates in the brain. Most are benign.
- a secondary brain tumor happens when cancer cells spread to the brain from another organ, like – breast or lung.
Most of the time, the cause of the condition is unknown, however, the following factors may raise an individual’s risk of developing it:
Exposure to nerve agents – there have been a few reports about a possible connection between brain tumors and the radiofrequency energy emitted by mobile phones. For instance, the WHO promotes the use of a hands-free headset and recommends limiting cell phone use for both children and adults.
N-nitroso compounds – according to research, dietary N-nitroso compounds may raise the risk of both childhood and adult brain tumors. These compounds are formed in the human body from nitrates or nitrites found in some cigarette smoke, cured meats, and cosmetics.
Head injury and seizures – a few studies have established an association between head trauma and this condition. Additionally, a history of seizures has long been associated with brain tumors.
Ionizing radiation – previous treatment to the head or brain with ionizing radiation has shown to be a risk factor for this condition.
Family history – an estimated 5 percent of brain tumors may be associated with hereditary genetic factors, including neurofibromatosis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, tuberous sclerosis (a rare multisystem genetic disease which causes benign tumors to grow in the brain), nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (also referred as basal-cell nevus syndrome), von Hippel-Lindau disease, and Turcot syndrome.
Chemicals – exposure to pesticides, solvents, rubber, oil products, or vinyl chloride may substantially increase the risk of developing the condition.
Gender – men are more likely than women to develop this condition. Nevertheless, meningioma is more common in women.
Age – the condition is more common in children and seniors.
Common symptoms may include:
- a difficulty with balance;
- new onset or change in the pattern of headaches;
- hearing problems;
- headaches which slowly become more severe and more frequent;
- unexplained nausea;
- seizures, particularly in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures;
- behavior or personality changes;
- confusion in everyday matters;
- speech difficulties;
- gradual loss of movement or sensation in a leg or arm;
- vision problems, like – double vision, blurred vision, or loss of peripheral vision.
Spiritual Meaning of Epilepsia
During an epileptic seizure, a person releases the pressure and aggression through energy. The energy you release allows you to abandon both your memory and your knowledge. Accept the forces and energies inside you without repressing or disapproving them and give them a conscious form.
Experiment and accept whatever you receive in consciousness when you fall asleep. This will allow you to learn what devotion is and let things become free without being forced to do it.
Spiritual Meaning of Brain Tumours
A brain tumor is a sign that you have to change your way of thinking. In other words, you don’t want to give up old habits and thinking patterns that have lasted long enough to get you physically ill. You must understand that life is subject to permanent change. Trust the power of life and you will find freedom.