Has anyone had to give up driving?

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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Friends,
Has anyone had to give up driving or limit their driving?
Many days I don't feel like I should be driving.
Some days I am dizzy - some days it's fibro fog.
Is the dizzyness part of Fibro or is it the meds?
It makes me really sad.
We live in a small town, so I will drive locally on good days.
But my doctor is about 20 miles away and I am determined to drive myself on Tuesday.
There are other things I would like to do while there - the craft store, the book store,
maybe even splurge for a pedicure and an eyebrow waxing.
Those are things that are hard to give up.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
There are days I consider myself too foggy to drive, usually when I'm in a bad flare.
Days when I'm just not cognitively with it, I don't chance it. I will never drive after I
have taken a muscle relaxer. I'm not foggy constantly and I know not driving is only
temporary. I do understand that sometimes it is hard to give up something that you
would of never thought of in the past. I try to think of it as a temporary inconvenience
and grateful for the days I'm out driving singing along with the radio.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean. There are days I really shouldn't be driving, and I try to avoid it on those days. I had a dr visit a couple of wks ago and I was discussing the problems I have. I forget where I'm going and have to stop and 'regroup'. The dr suggested I stop driving if this is a problem for me. The bigger problem is I need to be able to drive. My DH's health is 'interesting' and I need to be able to get him to the hosp or dr as the case may be.
We had a busy day (one of many) this past wk, 2 dr visits and the bank. I wanted to go in a certain order to make easier turns, but I started at the wrong end. I tried to juggle the new route in my head. My DH said just go... and gave me a list of turns and such. It just didn't register in my head. I said, I don't get that, where is that st? He said , I just told you. I pulled over and turned to him. I said, I am very tired, very stressed and I can't picture anything you just said to me in my head. Now, do you want to try again? Usually, he is very good about this kind of thing, but sometimes he forgets that I have this problem. He is used to me being 'on the money', but sometimes the 'Bank is tapped out'. He apologized and we did get all our visits in w/o a problem.
It can be very frustrating, on so many levels. I have been the one to take my children for all their 'things' for so many yrs, (they all drive now - YEAH!), I was the one to take my mother where ever she had to go, I took care of all the shopping, and I drove myself to/from work and my activities. Now I have to choose very carefully, Is today a good day or not?
Our PCP is about 15 mi away and sometimes that is a ride and a half. All the other dr are in difficult locations, way too much traffic and turns.
I get dizzy sometimes, mostly when I'm walking, sometimes when I turn my head. I take some meds (BP & such), nothing but
Tylenol for pain, so I don't think I could blame it on meds, also I've had that for yrs, before the meds. I don't know what your meds are, so that may be possible. I would discuss it w/ your dr and share your concerns, s/he should be able to give you a good answer.
I hope you have a good outting on Tues, visit the 'fun' places in addition to dr visit. I love books and crafts, too.
God bless.  Alice.  

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   Posted 6/20/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't drive for awhile, because I couldn't turn my head very well for awhile. My neck was so stiff. I had trouble getting in and out of the car too. But when I couldn't turn my head, I thought that I better not be driving because I couldn't tell what was going on around me. But I am better now and I can drive again. But I stopped for about a year.

I hope that you feel better soon. Sorry about the dizzy spells and the fibrofog. Just a part of it I guess.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I continue to drive but I'm not taking a lot of the meds many of you take.  I do think the medication is playing into a lot of the dizziness.  I used to get dizzy when I was on blood pressure medication and I still will get dizzy if there is a storm in the area but that's sinus doing that and I don't drive in storms. 
I also map out, in my mind, where I'm going and how to get there before I get behind the wheel.  I never used to do that but there have been times the fog has rolled in and I wasn't sure how to get someplace and really had to think hard.  Now that's pathetic.  I've lived here 12 years!
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   Posted 6/20/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Yah, unfortunately when it first started hard about 5yrs ago, i had to stop driving.

Even if i was able to walk and drive today, i think with the drugs, i shouldn't be on the road. Those side effects make me drift and i have been known to be looking through the tv channels and passing out in the middle.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   

I map out my route too. I do it the most easy way possible for myself. I don't like making left hand turns, so I go with the street lights. That way I know I am not going to get creamed. lol...

I also make my lists according to the store so I don't have to do a lot of back tracking. But the Walmarts here has a habit of moving things on you so that doesn't always work.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Luckily, I still drive. I don't know how many of you use a 5 speed? My right knee is now blown out and the dr doesn't really want to
listen (surprise). I'm getting hyalgan shots in the knees right now but it doesn't do anything for the pain around the knee, the
pressure in the back or the shooting pain in the back of the leg. Thankfully, the cruise control works on my Izuzu and I use it to
drive to work (about 20 miles) which is mostly open road. My dr is about 40 miles away in Syracuse, NY and the city driving kills me
with the constant shifting. Maybe when I'm off for the 6 weeks with the arm surgery the dr will check the knee again. Last time it
took me 2 drs and 6 months to get one to look at the left knee and do surgery on it.

The hardest part of driving is getting up at 3 in the morning to shovel, freeze the butt off, then drive to work. By then I'm lucky
to even walk as I'm frozen stiff and working the shift patterns. WOW

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   Posted 6/21/2010 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have mostly given up driving. My husband and daughter drive me most places. My husband has been taking me everywhere since I got the cancer. In a couple weeks I'll be starting chemo treatments and my DH will drive and stay with me the whole time, which is four hours, each treatment.

I used to drive to my dr's appts which were about once a month and to the weight watchers meetings, which are right down the road. Don't know if I'll be resuming that soon or not. Right now, I am still getting over my surgery, (Hysterectomy).

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   Posted 6/22/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had to give it up, but quite often I'll ask my hubby to drive me somewhere, rather than do it myself. Mostly it's because of the Fibro fog, but I really don't like to drive at all. I'm a good driver, but I just don't enjoy the process.

Fortunately, I don't go out often, and Ray is always happy to drive me where I need to be if it fits in his schedule. Otherwise, I either take the bus, or stay home. On those days where I just stay home, it usually turns out that I needed extra rest, so better I didn't go out.

Driving is one thing I don't mind giving up because of my health issues. I don't feel any loss of freedom...maybe that's why it doesn't bother me.

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   Posted 6/22/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am still able to drive, but not in large cities. My hubby does all the city driving now. My reaction time is slower and I get confused easily. I'm fine in small towns or in the country though.
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