Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
Other Names for this Disease
- Janz syndrome
- Myoclonic epilepsy, juvenile, 1
- Petit mal, impulsive
Your QuestionI have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Does the medication that I take help to cure the condition or just treat the symptoms? Will I need to take medication for the rest of my life? If I have children, will they be affected? Is it safe for me to exercise daily?
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Questions on this page
- What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?
- What are the features of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?
- What causes juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?
- Is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy inherited? If I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, will my children also have it?
- How might juvenile myoclonic epilepsy be treated?
- Do medications taken for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy cure the condition or just treat the symptoms?
- Will I need to continue to take medications to control my symptoms for the rest of my life?
- Is it safe for me to exercise if I am affected by juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?
In individuals with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, symptoms can be precipitated by:
- Sleep deprivation
- Psychological stress
- Alcohol and drug use
- Noncompliance of medication
- Photic stimulation
- Time of day - Usually mornings
Due to the complex nature of inheritance with this condition, you may benefit from consulting with a genetics professional. This type of healthcare provider can provide you with additional information about diagnosis, natural history, treatment, mode of inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary doctor for a referral. Click here to learn more about genetic consultations.
The following online resources can also help you find a genetics professional in your community:
* GeneTests - A searchable directory of US and international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics. Go to the following link and click on 'Clinic Directory' to find a genetic service close to you.
* The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is a professional organization of research and clinical geneticists. The ASHG maintains a database of these geneticists, some of which live outside of the United States. If you are interested in obtaining a list of the geneticists in your area, please visit the following hyperlink, enter your location into the "Country" search box, and click on "Click to Begin Search".
8301 Professional Place
Landover MD 20785-2238
Toll-free: 800-EFA-1000 (800-332-1000)
American Epilepsy Society
342 North Main Street
West Hartford CT 06117-2507
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