Can a person diagnosed with NONEpileptic Seizures ever be able to drive?

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Lil Bit
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   Posted 3/4/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
   I am new to the sight and am very glad to have found this.  I was diagnosed with NES about 8 years ago after going through alot of test at Mayo Clinic.  I haven't driven for four years but thanks to a very dear husband I am very lucky to go wherever I would like.  I am coming up on my 50th  birthday and it is time to renew the license. The doc says all I can legally get is an ID. I have really become depressed knowing that I truly won't have a license  once and for all. Does anyone know if someone diagnosed with a NON EPILEPTIC SEIZURE dissorder can ever drive again since it can't be controlled with meds? My doctor gave me the impression that patients diagnosed with this will never be allowed to drive. confused     Anyone have any advice?                                                

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   Posted 3/6/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Lil Bit,

I think I can speak from experience on this very topic, although I was diagnosed with epilepsy but the same rules apply so I'm just throwing my comment out there, take what you want from it.   (I guess a lot of what I've said below depends on the frequency of the seizures)


This is a topic that REALY BOTHERS ME.
Most people are of the opinion that "that will never happen to me." (traffic mishap) Well it seems to be happening more often than ever. It seems that the Ministry of transport is getting too leniant.

IMO  You could go several years seizure free, then all of a sudden something could trigger another one without any warning. It's the same situation as people with diebetes or heart probs. This happens all too often out of greed and the need to drive. Sometimes the seizure activity will not show up in any EEG,CAT scan, MRI etc and you'll think you're fine. In many cases a seizure my not show up for years. In My Opinion, it would be very selfish and you'd be taking a huge chance.

This is like having your freedom stripped.

Why take the risk.

Even though they are "Non Epileptic Seizures" In order to get your licence back, You Doctor has to send a letter to the Ministry of Transport stating that you have NES but you have gone more than 2 years (I think that's the max time required by the MOT) seizure free ( or are controlled with medication) otherwise, You won't be able to get auto insurance.

diagnosed with epilepsy and Ulcerative Colitis in 1979
- current meds are:

275mg dilantin/day
120mg pheonobarb/day
3,000mg Mesasol/day

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   Posted 3/8/2007 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm very interested in what your doctors said about your Nonepileptic seizure, b/c I have them, and they write them off as "psychogenic". I'm doubting it a bit.
what didi they tell you?
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