I'm new to this website, and found it because I was looking up stuff about the ketogenic diet.
I'm epileptic and my doctor suggested it because it's supposed to help decrease seizures. For a long time I've been against doing it because I was worried that the high fat nature of the diet would make me gain weight.
Being on anti-convulsive medication is terrible for keeping a normal weight. I've been on medications that make me gain 20-30 pounds in a month, as well as ones that make me drop weight at crazy speeds.
After being on a medication that made me balloon from 120 to 146 in about three months (and it didn't even control the seizures
) I was switched to a new medication which controls about 50% of my seizures. I am hoping the ketogenic diet will help with the other 50% of my seizures, but I've been so worried that it will make me put on weight, and I've worked so hard over the past few months to get my weight back down (I am now 128.4).
After talking to my doctor, researching it, and reading about the experiences people have had on this website with it, I am really relieved and ready to start the diet. Maybe it can help me drop that extra 8.4 lbs, and much more importantly, help me stop having seizures.
My goals is to be healthy, both in weight, and in neurological health. I really want to have a driver's license someday (I'm 24 and I've never been legally able to have one because of my condition), and be able to live on my own, or at the very least, be allowed to shower/bathe, use the stove, while I'm alone.
Is anyone else doing this diet for epilepsy control? And/or does anyone have any tips for getting started?