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I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor wont let me drive. Advice please!

Hello all,

 So I am still really confused about everything the doctor as well as trying to argue with my parents seeing as I am 17. Heres my story please reply and let me know what I should do or how I can help myself.I had a seizure on jan. 12th and I was told by the doctor I cant drive for 6 months from the date of the seizure. Yet I have found no laws that prohibit it, and my license is valid. I also didn't sign anything or see any document from the doctor. So if i was to drive could anything happen? If I was to get in an accident could I get sued because the doctor told me not to drive even though I am valid to drive? I also am on anti seizure medicine and have been stable since the seizure as well as having a brain tumor removed which was believed to help induce the seizure. Thank you for your time. Please email me at corytunnell@yahoo.com or just relpy to the forum.

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Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor wont l

Submitted by stephie0731 on Fri, 2009-05-01 - 15:32
Your doctor is not wrong. I have to deal with this problem of not being able to drive as well, and I am 29. I believe it is the law. You have to be seizure free for 6 months in order to be 'legal' to drive. If you drive and you get in an accident you could lose your license and your insurance. I am sure that your doctor documented it in your medical file and that is how it would be brought up in that situation. Although neither of our licenses were removed or revoked, we still have to abide by the rules. If you were to get into an accident, the person that you hit (or owner of the building you hit, for that matter) could in theory sue you for not following medical advise. I am sorry, it is just as frustrating for the rest of us as well. The good news is that you are nearly half way to 6 months now, where as I had a seizure today, again.

Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor wont l

Submitted by robin120 on Tue, 2009-10-27 - 03:25

Possible causes of widespread (diffuse) brain damage include prolonged hypoxia (shortage of oxygen), poisoning, infection, and neurological illness.Common causes of focal or localized brain damage are physical trauma (traumatic brain injury), stroke, aneurysm, or neurological illness.The extent and effect of brain injury is often assessed by the use of neurological examination, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological assessment.Brain injury does not necessarily result in long-term impairment or disability, although the location and extent of damage both have a significant effect on the likely outcome.

Possible causes of widespread (diffuse) brain damage include prolonged hypoxia (shortage of oxygen), poisoning, infection, and neurological illness.Common causes of focal or localized brain damage are physical trauma (traumatic brain injury), stroke, aneurysm, or neurological illness.The extent and effect of brain injury is often assessed by the use of neurological examination, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological assessment.Brain injury does not necessarily result in long-term impairment or disability, although the location and extent of damage both have a significant effect on the likely outcome.

Re: I had a seizure but the doctor wont let me drive.

Submitted by miss2indy on Fri, 2009-05-01 - 16:45
I am in the same boat too. I had my first ever seizure 4/5/09 and cannot drive for 6 months. I have had 2 opinions and they have advised me not to drive. It may not be a law in your state, it is not a law in Indiana where I live, but it could come up in court if you were to be sued. My first neurologist did note that in my file, so it would hold in a court of law. I am having a very hard time with this as well because I am getting married in 23 days and I am really busy. My fiance, asked me today, to not be so selfish and think about everyone else I could be on the road with if I were to have another seizure. And if I were to crash and hurt myself, I could be in the hospital for 6 more months. Also if I were in a wreck that was not my fault, but the person at fault had a lawyer that dug deep enough to find my seizure date and where I was advised not to drive, that could come back in my face too. You are almost done with your "sentence". Hang in there!

Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor,

Submitted by rikk on Fri, 2009-05-01 - 21:48
hi,  quick answers are these.  1.  some states require the doctor to notify dmv of seizure activity, and require special hearings or statements of seizure free status.  most of the states require some form of restriction.  it is usually free from seizure for 6-12 months.  The doc has the ability to give orders for you to not drive.  that information is known by other people.  can you be sued for driving when a doc says don't.  the answer is yes.  the other thing to consider is that , your insurance may refuse to cover an accident, until you are seizure free and the doc allows for driving.  Most states have on the application for a drivers license if you have had a seizure.  if you answer no.  that is illegal.  alot of them require you to report any change that has the potential to change your driving ability.  Again doc say don't.  doing so until cleared makes it illegal.  either buy state standards for insurace or requirement to advise the state of any changes.  The other issue, is your age.  Where you are your parents are the ones responsible for your behavior.  Legally they are the ones that will be sued.  Parents in most states can have your license pulled for no reason, other than they say so.  You are not in between a rock and hard place.  you are in the passenger's seat.  the doc will clear you at the right time.  i know that bad is not a good word.  the loss of freedom when it was suppost to be yours.  I am pretty sure it will not make you feel better, but you ask for advice.  What you got was that.  i do hope it helps.  rikk

Don't risk

Submitted by AmandaG44 on Mon, 2010-06-07 - 13:55
I think that the answer is pretty simple. Just avoid driving and you will be safe. Moreover you can't risk driving if doctor kad adviced you not to do that. Remember that you can hurt innocent people on the road if something goes wrong. I wouldn't even questionise such a decision of doctor. I have read abotu various possible consequences of seizure in the article called Prednisolone as a Representative of Corticosteroids Drugs. If someone haven't read it, do that as soon as possible. It will help to understand why it is so dangerous and what to do and what avoid to do. Good luck in the future Cory, I hope you will be as healthy as possible.

Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor

Submitted by Sammishakes on Mon, 2010-06-07 - 14:55
You shouldn't even WANT to drive until your doctor clears you. I had my 1st seizure 1/27/10 and I was told when I am 6 months seizure free I can drive again, but you know what? I don't want to. I dont want to take the risk of killing somone. My husband can drive me just fine.

Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor

Submitted by emva01 on Mon, 2010-06-07 - 17:07
Cory-  I disagree w/ the above posting, You should WANT to drive again, once everything is controlled with medicine.  Dont get behind the wheel until they are (in most states, its 6 months). 

Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor

Submitted by Sammishakes on Tue, 2010-06-08 - 00:35
Did you read where Cory should NOT want to drive until a doctor clears him?? You disagree?

Re: I had a seizure and had a brain tumor, but the doctor

Submitted by emva01 on Tue, 2010-06-08 - 10:48
Yes, I did.  I also stated that he should NOT get behind the wheel until things are under control.  Im just sayin he SHOULD want to drive again!!  I'm not here to argue.  Have a GREAT day!

Can't drive

Submitted by Stargazer06 on Tue, 2010-06-15 - 11:48
When I was 17 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and later on started having seizures. My Dr. told me that I could not drive. It was hard and sometimes inconvenient not being able to drive. Many states have laws against driving if you have seizures. You must be seizure free for atleast 6 months to a year to be able to drive. It all depends on what state you live in. Also, if you get into an accident and some one ends up being killed you could end up going to jail due to it being noted you have seizures. It can be hard not being able to drive especially when your friends and everyone can. I am now 26 and still cannot drive and at times it is frustrating. Thankfully though my husband, family and friends understand my condition and are supportive. It isn't always easy but like any condition or illness you have to create a type of "normal" life for you. Even if you cannot do things that most other people can. I still hope to some day be able to drive. But, I would never risk driving when it could end up harming myself or others. People's lives are more important to me than my wanting to drive.

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