Hi, This is RanMan(Randy)from Ontario. Re: that driver's licence issue, yes, I've heard that for a lot of people the suspention is only 6 months, some people it's a year but for me it had to be 2 years seizure free which I find kind of weird because I haven't had a seizure since 1979 (26 yrs) however, my yearly EEG shows epileptic activity in my lower left tempral lobe. I guess it depends on the type of seizure you have and the severity.
I've had my licence ever since until Dec. 2002 when I had an incident in a Wal Mart parking lot. I bumped another car and the ambulance took me to the ER and that's when my licence was suspended. At that time my neurologist told me I would now have to wait 2 years (seizure free) before i could apply to get it back.
I told him I thought that was a pretty long time but he said that it's not up to him, it's up to the Ministry of Transport.They are really tightening up in this area to prevent traffic accidents.
To answer your question (based on past experiences only)
Re: Taking your drivers licence away;
I don't know where you're from but I'm from Ontario and it is a legal obligation for a neurologist to report a seizure condition to the Ministry of Transport, (not just at the accident scene)then the M.O.T. will make the final decision on weather you should have your licence suspended.
If the neurologist (or any Doctor for that matter)fails to report this information, he/she could lose thier medical licence.
Good post (especially the link) I fall under No. 3 as my muscle coordination is now all f---ed up b/c of all my long term use of meds. but if I go off the meds ~ I risk the chance of another seizure. It's a huge trade-off.
I was very surprised last year when I was having seizures really bad they didn't pull my license. Of course, I didn't drive though. I was told not too and I was a zombie anyway, I couldn't have if I wanted too. I would never want to harm anyone else in anyway!!
I'm still be very causious now, even though this neuro I just saw said I could drive. I have only driven once since then and my dad is taking me to the doctor tomorrow because it is a 45 minute drive from here.
I probably won't drive anymore till I have the all clear. I didn't want anyone to think I was taking this lightly!! Take care all.
I know I'll probably take some heat for this comment but:
IN MY OWN OPINION I think it is irresposible for a physician not to report to the DMV about a patient who has a known seizure condition. This is important information that the auto insurance companies need to calculate thier pay outs and policies. Unreported auto accidents that are a result of a seizure is one of the factors that drives up insurance costs and it gets the Doctor off the hook should there happen to be a law suit.