Walking and Epilepsy

People with epilepsy which is controlled effectively with medication can generally enjoy the same walks as able bodied people, except that some epileptics don’t drive so will not be able to access walks by car. However you should note the following points, particularly if you are prone to epileptic seizures:

  • Build up your exercise slowly and gently and don’t stress or overtire yourself
  • Carry an Epilepsy ID Card issued by Epilepsy Action
  • Think about the terrain when planning a walk. Avoid very steep climbs and descents, or paths close to steep drops. The biggest danger during a seizure is usually head injury from a fall, so rocky or uneven paths may pose problems.
  • Plan routes that are easy to cut short if you become too tired or if you have a seizure
  • If you are especially concerned about seizures, walk with a companion who knows what to do if one should occur.
  • If you join a group walk without a companion, inform the walk leader of your condition and tell them where your ID Card can be found.

Advice to walks leaders taking people with epilepsy on walks is available from the Ramblers.

For general information contact Epilepsy Action.

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