Fatima Sana Shaikh spoke out on Sunday about her epilepsy and how she has been coping with it through medication and exercise. The actor took part in an Instagram ask me anything session to answer several fan questions about epilepsy.
When asked if her epilepsy affected her career goals, Fatima replied, “I mean, I have to take it slowly. But I can do it all. There are some strange and difficult days. That causes me to slow down. But I’ve been fortunate enough to work with people I’d hoped to work with. And this has had no effect on my passion, nor have I ever compromised in my efforts to do my best. In fact, it motivates and pushes me to work harder.” She also stated that Bijlee, her pet, is her therapy dog.
On being told by a fan that an epilepsy patient is made to smell a stinking shoe, the actor responded to him, “This is a myth. Please aisa mat karna (please don’t do this). Already it’s traumatic to come out of a seizure. Last thing you want is to wake up to a stinking shoe! Hahaha! People have done this to me! (vomit emojis) Horrible!”
When a person who has had epilepsy since childhood asked Fatima if they could also work out, the actor replied, “I work out.” Endorphins continue to flow. It makes me happy.” She, on the other hand, advised them to consult their doctor.
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When a fan inquired about the medications she was taking, the actor refused to reveal the names of the medications because it would be unsafe to take them without a prescription. She discussed the side effects of her previous medication, such as nausea and migraines, and stated that she is now on a new set of medications. “I’m feeling pretty stable and normal right now,” she added.
Fatima was most recently seen in Thar, a film starring Anil Kapoor and Harsh Vardhan Kapoor. She is currently filming Dhak Dhak, in which she plays a biker, and Sam Bahadur, in which she will play Indira Gandhi.