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Do Adults Grow Out Of Their Epilepsy Like How Kids Do?
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I know some kids grow out of their seizures as they get older but do adults do?? I hope it is common.

posted March 27, 2022
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Absolutely, people can reach extremely long seizure free states and can even achieve it and keep it after they have been taken off all anticonvulsants (for the special few). However, there is NO cure for epilepsy, thus they can go decades of being in a long-term seizure free state and then suddenly have seizures again. The same is the case for those who have had surgery to remove the source of all of the epileptic seizures because, like cancer, epilepsy can find a way to return to even those people because once again, there is no cure. And there are documented cases where this has happened.

However, the key for those who have achieved a long-term seizure free state is that even if a seizure comes back, they have a very good chance of getting right back to a long-term seizure free state again.

posted March 27, 2022
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

yes with a but... dependes on the person. what defines contol seizures and out grew seizures. i think it is define as seizure free for 1 year or longer. out grew seizures is about 2-4 or more years. you can still out grew and then and then have a breakout seizure. everyone can develop a seizure (kids, teens, adults, seniors) and also out grew them.

posted March 27, 2022
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

True. As long as you realize that "outgrowing the seizure" is achieving a long-term seizure free state and not believing that you are cured.

posted March 27, 2022
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Thank you John, your answers have always been very useful/helpful and very easy to understand with the way you explain things.

posted April 18, 2022
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Kids do not grow out of epilepsy. It can go into a dormant state or the medication or other treatment can help them to reach a long-term seizure free state.

There is no cure for epilepsy, and it will not simply go away for good. Even those who have achieved a long-term seizure free state for decades can have an epileptic seizure happen at some point later in life -- usually a powerful emotional experience (like the death of a loved one) or a serious head injury of the like is what will bring them back, but there are multiple reasons that they can return.

In the case of those of us who had epilepsy right from the start or at least at a very young age, there are some seizures that will always stop at a certain age and the epilepsy will go into a dormant state (I had febrile seizures as a newborn and they last until the age of 5). However, those who have epilepsy that goes into a dormant state will always have the epilepsy return at a later time as another form of seizures. In my case, it was puberty (the usual time for those who started with febrile seizures).

However, others can get epilepsy in the form of other seizures and can reach a long-term seizure free state with the aid of medication or an alternative treatment. The mother of a friend of mine started him on a keto diet as a little boy, and he has been a long-term seizure free state ever since for 40+ years now.

What is very important about is that those who have achieved a long-term seizure free state in the past can usually return to a long-term seizure free state again after recovering from whatever caused the interruption.

And for some who have been on a long-term seizure free state which they achieved with medication, it is strong enough that they can be worked off of the medications and remain in that state, but the epilepsy is still there.

posted April 16, 2022

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