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myoclonic arms jerks, abnormal EEG... will I lose my license?

I am new, and haven't done an intro yet, but the pressing Q of the day is how much longer can I drive?

VERY NEW... my PCP called with my EEG results and I haven't heard from my Neuro yet (She is probably wainting for the MRI results (I have possible MS symptoms as well) and I have a f/u app with her on Dec 4th).  All my PCP told me was that the EEG was abnormal.  My autistic son also had an abnormal EEG, takes lamictal, I think his EEG showed JME... I will discuss that in my intro.. but anyway,

 For me... now... I get arm jerks.  Kinda often, but it's never happened while driving.  But it could...

(When I was a teenager I can recall some photosenstive "episodes" that must have been absence seizures.  My autistic child has grand mals.)

I live in PA and looked at the DMV site but didn't find anything too specific.  technically, I suppose, they interfere with safe operation of a vechical --and what started this whole ball rolling with ME getting an eval, is I told my son's new doc about my arm jerks and he said, "If you were my patient I would have to report you to the DMV!!!"

SO I guess I kinda know... I am guessing I will lose it.

But holy crap... I have an 80 mile commute every day. --to college and picking up my kids.  I am a single mom.  I want to home school my oldest and would be driving him to out patient OT, PT, ST, etc....

I cannot imagine 6 months or more without a drivers license...

 

Comments

In Arizona, people with epilepsy can drive if they have purely nocturnal seizures, seizures with prolonged and consistent auras, or seizures that do not interfere with driving. A discretionary restriction is applicable for people whose seizures are caused by transient events, such as a concurrent illness or adjustment of medication.   PA law seems to be less specific.  http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/067/chapter83/s83.4.html  and http://www.efwp.org/programs/programs_10_a.shtml 

Was this doc that said if you were his patient a neuro or a GP?  If he was a GP, he might not understand what exactly a myoclonic seizure is.  However, I think the question that remains is if the myoclonic seizures that you experience might interfere with your driving capability. 

~Karen

 

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