Why do some people have epileptic seizures when they eat certaing foods?

Seizure trigger low. Often, foods and other lifestyle choices can aggravate an existing neurological problem like epilepsy. Common triggers may include monosodium glutamate (also known as msg), caffeine, theobromine (metabolite of caffeine in tea and chocolate), theophylline, estrogens, and nitrites in cured meats are frequent culprits.

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I have epilepsy and take keppra 2x/day to prevent seizures. For the last 3 days I have had diarrhea and any food passes through my body in about 2 hours. I am worried that the keppra isn't having enough time to be absorbed properly and that I may run the

Keppra (levetiracetam). Keppra (levetiracetam) is a modern seizure drug that absorbs pretty quickly (1 hour in ideal scientific tests). 3 days of diarrhea can be stressful on your system, including causing changes in blood chemistry and causing lost sleep, and this stress can also make it more likely to have a seizure. A visit to your primary care doctor can help diagnose and fix the cause of the diarrhea, and could also offer a chance to check the level of Keppra (levetiracetam) in your blood.
Keppra (levetiracetam). Keppra (levetiracetam) is rapidly absorbed from the stomach. It can be taken with small about of water before meals, then wait an hour or so then try to eat your meal. The rapid emptying of the stomach following a meal will not affect the medication that was given earlier.

Can pain cause my epilepsy seizures worse?

Possible. Anything that causes an increase in stress can lead to an increase possibility of seizure, it is more likely to increase seizures in post traumatic epilepsy but possible in idiopathic epilepsy as well.
Possibly. Any time there is something that stresses the brain, this can exacerbate the seizures and make them more difficult to control. For example, stress from fever, infections, lack of sleep are known to exacerbate seizures. Thus, pain can also do that.

Anyone have seizures but tests for epilepsy show up normal?

Yes. The eeg maybe normal even with clinical seizures. Your neurologist may suggest a prolonged eeg with video monitoring.
Quite common. It is quite common for people who have a small number of seizures to test normally- with respect to blood tests, EEG, MRI of the brain- this happens up to 50% of the time.

Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes. Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age.

Can humidity increase the frequency seizures in people with epilepsy?

Not a trigger. Am unaware that changes in humidity can affect seizure frequency or intensity. However, an infection causing a fever, could make the susceptibility higher if a humid environment worked against lowering the temperature.

How can fast changing colors cause seizures for people with epilepsy?

Possibly. Some people are have photosensitive seizures, caused not necessarily by changing color but the flicker frequency of the changes. This was previously called tv epilepsy, but new screens do not cause this. Consult a neurologist who may suggest medication and a particular frequency of blue sun glasses that makes the likelyhood of seizures less likely. Also avoid flickering lights.

Why out of my whole entire family I'm the one who has epilepsy/seizures?

You're special. Many things can cause seizures. One bump on the head too many can do it. Some families have an inherited tendency to develop Epilepsy. This might not be the case with your's. It is reasonable to ask your doctor why they think you have developed seizures. I'm sure they will give you a good answer.