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Is It Recommended That People With Any Type Of Seizures Not Drive?

Is It Recommended That People With Any Type Of Seizures Not Drive?

Is it true that people with any of the types of seizures shouldn't drive? I totally understand why I shouldn't (I experience tonic-clonic seizures), but what about those with the other types?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member Your neurologist could have answered this one for you (knowing your specific type of seizures, triggers, etc). In fact, depending upon what state you live in, your neurologist is supposed to collect your license from you until you are seizure free for the required period in that state. In Massachusetts, this is 6 months. However, way back in high school when the seizures were only being called fainting spells (doctors were looking at my heart not my brain because my older brother required heart surgery as a baby), I had decided that I would never seek to drive. There is no way I was going to take the risk of "fainting" while driving and injuring or worse killing someone because I did.

posted 6 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I have a sensitivity to multiple sirens/flashing lights, fireworks, strobes. I do wear dark sunglasses when I'm outside for comfort but I'm only bothered by the flashing lights.

posted 6 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My seizures are caused aggravated by hormones, strobe lights & stress. Since reaching my 50's I haven't had many seizures. It's been almost 5 yrs since having one. I do have my license & I drive a lot. Since I can be triggered by strobes, I don't usually drive when there are going to be fireworks because they can have the same effect as strobe lights.

posted 7 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Well I will always continue driving as I have been since 18. As people with heart problems shouldnt drive but they do. As maybe no one should drive cause anyone can have a heart attack. so now what should we do as me I will drive

posted 7 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

That depends on the individual and what type of seizure. A person can have mild seizures. But the question is how will that person handle stress in rush hour traffic? How will that driver with seizures handle tense situations for example; another driver cutting you off when there is no room available. Anxiety plays a part in seizure medications. How effective can one be when they have stress, anxiety bringing about a trigger which leads to a seizure? Which brings up the question, what kind of seizures do you have? I wasn't able to make decisions under a seizure so i had to give up driving. In most cases it is not suggested a person with seizures drive. But everyone is different and one will have to be cleared by their neurologist.

posted 8 days ago
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