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Old 01-16-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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seizures suck!

Had my 2nd one on Thursday. Although there's a plus side. I called work and told them and got a 3 day weekend out of it.


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Old 01-16-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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Not a good thing. You do know they can take your drivers license away for that...

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Old 01-16-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
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Cripes, 41, do they know why you're having seizures?
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That sucks bud.

What's the doc say the issue is?
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whoa what was the issue
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They don't know whats causing it just yet, I'm going to see a specialist on the 28 hopfully they'll figure it out. I really don't want to lose my license!
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:04 PM   #7
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Fingers are crossed that it is not too serious and can be diagnosed and treated.Good luck.
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hope there's a cure. don't want to see you loose the license. good luck
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:57 PM   #9
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:34 PM   #11
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Not to be the bearer of bad news but the doctors office is bound by law to report you to the DMV if they diagnose seizures. There's nothing you can do about it UNLESS your doctor is cool and classes them as "cerebral incidences" and then treats you for seizures.
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Not to be the bearer of bad news but the doctors office is bound by law to report you to the DMV if they diagnose seizures. There's nothing you can do about it UNLESS your doctor is cool and classes them as "cerebral incidences" and then treats you for seizures.
Would they immediately notify them or wait until they either have a diagnosis or reason to believe they may continue for an undetermined amount of time?
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I've had personal experience with this.

Hmm... I'm not really sure what the time frame is but I did a little research and found this:

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Six states (California, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Pennsylvania) still require physicians to report patients who have seizures to the state, usually to the department of motor vehicles. While these statutes arguably do little to protect the public interest, they have been used to bring civil litigation against physicians who have not reported their patients to the department of motor vehicles, even in cases where patients are compliant and on medication.
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If you have seizures that alter your awareness, consciousness, or muscle control, you may not have the legal right to drive. Each state has its own restrictions. Below are each state's driving laws as it pertains to epilepsy. Please note that this information may be subject to change. If you have further questions please check with your local Department of Motor Vehicle.
General rules

The laws in all 50 states restrict driver's licenses for persons with active seizures that are not controlled by medication and establish rules regarding when and how a license may be acquired. The usual requirements necessitate that a person be seizure-free for a specified period of time, commonly six months, but increasingly three months or more, and have a physician's statement confirming that the individual's seizures are controlled and that if the person is licensed to drive, he or she will not present an unreasonable risk to public safety.

The laws of the state you live in, not your doctor, decide whether or not you have the right to drive. Your doctor should be able to tell you what the current laws are and whether you meet the criteria for driving.

Before getting a license, you may have to provide proof from your doctor that you are receiving treatment and that the treatment has brought your seizures under control. (Remember, too, that some drugs used to control epilepsy may make you drowsy. If you have just started a new drug, avoid driving until you know how the drug will affect you.)

In general, the risk of having a seizure-related traffic accident is greatly reduced in people who have been seizure-free for 12 months. Driving may be safe for some people with epilepsy after a shorter seizure-free period, depending on individual circumstances. People who always have an aura before a seizure begins are also at reduced risk; the aura acts as a warning, which may give a driver time to pull over before the seizure begins. Not taking antiepileptic medication as prescribed (missing a dose, for instance) increases the risk of having an accident, so it is especially important for people with epilepsy who choose to drive to take their medication correctly and on the proper schedule.
Which states require physician reporting?
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:40 PM   #14
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There is good reason for pulling your license. I have a couple family members with the issue. My uncle had his license pulled until he went a period without them. Unfortunately, the day after they cleared him to drive, he had one and put his car in a pond and died. He was 27 at the time. Not that there is a good age to die, but it seems too young.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:59 PM   #15
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Very sorry for your loss,very young indeed.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:08 PM   #16
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I hate to hear of your problem jeep41. keep your chin up, You've got friends thinking of you.
Sorry for your loss sdunsworth.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:41 PM   #17
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Hey Jeep41...

Have you been keeping a record of how many seizures and how often you're having them?
It might sound nuts, but it may help the doctor diagnose you.

You'll probably need someones help if you have someone taking care of you. Have them note your body position and whether your limbs curl (in or out), eye position (rolled back, etc), presence of drooling, whether or not you're incontinent, position of head (tilted back or not), breathing patterns (fast-shallow-etc), the time of day and how long the episode lasts.

If he has this info before hand he can determine weather or not it's a pseudo-seizure. Pseudo-seizures can be caused by stress, psychological issues etc. These are classed as coming from an "OUTSIDE SOURCE". Whereas Epileptic seizures are classed as an "INSIDE SOURCE". Outside source seizures that can be treated easily usually do not result in loss of license.

Good luck man and let us know if you need anything!
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:47 PM   #18
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Good luck 41, keep us posted.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:40 AM   #19
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Thanks for the support all. This topic just strikes close to home with me. Makes it a little tougher that where he wrecked is in front of the building that I work in. I get to see his cross daily.

That said, best of luck in figuring out the problem. I hope they are able to get it resolved for you.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:29 PM   #20
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I feel your pain man! I have seizures as well and I'm 26, they just started happening about 6 months ago and I can have anywhere from 5 to 10 per day! I was put on medication though and now they are controlled, but sometimes can have one late at night it seems. I told the doctor that I'm able to control my seizures while driving and pull off to the side of the road and she was ok with this and told me I wouldnt lose my license and it is not job restricting which is good considering I operate heavy equipment. Hang in there man, they will figure it our for ya.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:44 PM   #21
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Best of Luck. With Rx they are generally controllable. Many still have a few that breakthrough. but your outlook is still positive. Keep your head high, and follow MD orders. Ask questions when you have questions to ask...

I also agree w/ CCain about the documentation.
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Thanks to all of you for your support. Hopefully on Thursday I'll find out whats causing them. The first seizure i had i was taking Advil pm for about 20 days straight (I know that wasn't smart at all). It occurred right after I got out of bed. The second one happened 11 months later about fifteen min after going to sleep. Although i was lucky because i had just got done driving for 11 hours. (which is probably related due to I had been up since 10 am the previous day, worked from 4p to 12a then went on a road trip with no sleep.)

Hopefully I'll find out, but i got other things on my mind right now. Like court on Tuesday. (I didn't do anything wrong it's just job related.)
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Just a note - advil PM is just ibuprofen and benadryl. It won't cause a Seizure unless you take a dozen or so at once. (overdose)

good luck with the next appt.
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #24
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i get cold chills all the time (usually several times a day) and it makes me shiver or shake for a second or two and one of the guys at work told me they were little siesures, freaked me out but i never heard of anything like that.

on a serious note though, my cousin had seisures when she was a teenager living at home but that was outside stress kind.
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Altered mental state is generally how they tell you you're having seizures. Chills probably aren't "seizures" so I don't think you have to worry about that. But, have you had a TBI?
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throttle body injection??

what TBI?
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Traumatic brain injury. Even a mild one can cause seizures.
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My niece has seizures, and the DMV knows this but she is on meds and has the info on her license just in cause something happens if the meds fail to work. So far so good, knock on wood.
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Sleep deprivation can cause fits & so can stress. I have been on meds for years & the specialists could never find what was causing them so thats what it seems to be in my case. Thankfully I have a very mild case of Temporal lobe epilepsy, I havn't had to worry since taking the pills & never lost my licence.
It's not that bad for me except for the rap dancing & I havn't had that happen for years, good luck J41
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Traumatic brain injury. Even a mild one can cause seizures.

i know i have a hard head... but the only time that may or may not have cause slight trauma would have been when i was a kid my brother supposedly knocked me out with an old baseball bat but i still dont know if that was true and i just dont remember it or he has always said that to poke at me... either way there is a dent in the bat (old aluminum or steel bat, and not the light weight ones we got no a days) and i dont remember where it came from or if i did get knocked out...

hope its not serious anyways... never harmed me but i dont have to be cold to get the chill... dont know...

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