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Old 01-17-2001, 06:36 PM   #1
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hi there, I'm 18 and have epilepsy. I have had it since I was six years old. (I won't go into the story of how I got it...boring!)

but anyway, I have simple partial seizures. I had a temporal lobectomy in 1998 but it didn't work. So now I have seizures almost everyday, Luckily thought, I only get a little bit sick to my stomach and that's it.

What bothers me is that I am not able to drive. My seizures are so mild. I never loose control at all. I've had seizures while I'm skiing, giving a speech, teaching a piano class etc. and no one ever notices and it doesn't affect my performance.

I feel that I should be able to drive, what do you guys think? Do you think that some of us should be allowed to drive? your input would be appreciated!

Thanks very much!

 
Old 01-18-2001, 04:55 AM   #2
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I know exactly how you feel about not being able to drive. When I was 16.5, I asked my dr. about driving. He said yes. At the time, I was also having simple partial seizures and felt the same way. I got my permit and license and drove for a year. He then took it away, because it turned out that he meant that I could STUDY for the test, not TAKE the test, so he took it away from me.

One thing that I considered doing at the time, was file a lawsuit against the DMV telling them to allow me to drive since the seizures were not affecting me, but I did not file because I did not have the money. One reason why the dr. would not let you drive, even though you only have simple partial seizures is because if, G-d forbid, you get into an accident because of the seizure, the dr could have his license revoked because of it.

WhenI got my license back 2 years later, I drove for a few months and then started having simple partials agaon, but he let me drive because I was going to school and I needed the car, but 4-6 months later, I was still having the seizures and he said that he had to take it away because he did not want to lose his license because of me.

In Feb. of 1998, I had brain surgery (temporal lobectomy on the left temporal lobe and hippocampus) to cure the epilepsy even though I was only having simple partial seizures and it was successful. I drove app. 8-9 months after surgery and have been driving since. It will be 3 year anniversary in Feb.

If you want to talk, feel free to email me or post a reply here.

Good luck.

Jeff

 
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Old 01-18-2001, 04:58 AM   #3
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I know how it feels not being able to drive. I had my license revoked when I found out I had epilepsy. They gave me it back when they were satified that the medication I am on was working. I don't know about Canada but in the UK it seems that epilepsy is the only medical condition where they can take your license away from you. Anybody can drive even if they have heart trouble etc. Great if you're prone to heart attacks. I can't belive you can't drive at all. If you are still in control I can't see what the problem is. Take care. Dazoo

 
Old 01-25-2001, 11:27 AM   #4
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hi.i just read the posts.
my best friend has epilepsy.he's 54.
I am seeking others to discuss this topic w/me.any volunteers?
I've known him now over a year.
He has a license,although he didn't for about 20 yrs or less.
I'd really enjoy talking w/ppl either here,bak and forth,or email.
I have a lot of questions

 
Old 01-25-2001, 12:50 PM   #5
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HI , Pert

I had epilepsy for 27 years till 1998. I had my license taken away from me a couple of times. I would be mroe than glad to answer any questions

 
Old 01-25-2001, 05:11 PM   #6
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dear gabb,thanks for the help.


i gess we can talk here rite?

i'm just a bit confused about some issues related to this.i care deeply for my frend .

 
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Originally posted by njgabbai:
I know exactly how you feel about not being able to drive. When I was 16.5, I asked my dr. about driving. He said yes. At the time, I was also having simple partial seizures and felt the same way. I got my permit and license and drove for a year. He then took it away, because it turned out that he meant that I could STUDY for the test, not TAKE the test, so he took it away from me.

One thing that I considered doing at the time, was file a lawsuit against the DMV telling them to allow me to drive since the seizures were not affecting me, but I did not file because I did not have the money. One reason why the dr. would not let you drive, even though you only have simple partial seizures is because if, G-d forbid, you get into an accident because of the seizure, the dr could have his license revoked because of it.

WhenI got my license back 2 years later, I drove for a few months and then started having simple partials agaon, but he let me drive because I was going to school and I needed the car, but 4-6 months later, I was still having the seizures and he said that he had to take it away because he did not want to lose his license because of me.

In Feb. of 1998, I had brain surgery (temporal lobectomy on the left temporal lobe and hippocampus) to cure the epilepsy even though I was only having simple partial seizures and it was successful. I drove app. 8-9 months after surgery and have been driving since. It will be 3 year anniversary in Feb.

If you want to talk, feel free to email me or post a reply here.

Good luck.

Jeff
jeff,can u elaborate on the seizures?
my friend says he hasn't had one in 20 years.is this possible?
i thought there was only one type.
i don't understand.
he sees a doctor once a year,a neurologist,for periodic med eval.
he has been taking the same one a while.its regulated.
he can drive,but says he won't work.
i don't really know enough to understand .

 
Old 01-29-2001, 10:41 AM   #8
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It is very possible to have only 1 seizure in 20 years. It is almost 3 years for me.

There are many types of seizures. To name a few, there are grand mal seizures, where you lose consciousness, there are simple partial and complex partial seizures. There are a few others.

Unless the dr . says that you can drive, if you have epilepsy, you can not drive till you are 1 year seizure free.

 
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Originally posted by njgabbai:
It is very possible to have only 1 seizure in 20 years. It is almost 3 years for me.

There are many types of seizures. To name a few, there are grand mal seizures, where you lose consciousness, there are simple partial and complex partial seizures. There are a few others.

Unless the dr . says that you can drive, if you have epilepsy, you can not drive till you are 1 year seizure free.
ok but what about working???

 
Old 01-31-2001, 04:41 AM   #10
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You mean working while you have Epilepsy? You can depending on what effect the epilepsy will have on your work. If you have simple partial seizures like I had, then there is no problem with working.

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ok but what about working???

 
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