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Old 20-11-2016, 08:58 PM
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Got told that I have most likely suffering from epileptic absences, where a few seconds go un accounted for, . . .
These are or were often referred to as 'Petit mal', literally short illnesses. It usually affects quite young people who, with medication, overcome the issue . . . but, driving is a problem for obvious reasons. I think that there's an exclusion period, 3 years or so, without a 'seizure' before you're allowed to drive again.

Until you're not allowed to drive it never occurs to you what a limiting factor it is . . . I've been there, twice!
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Old 20-11-2016, 09:31 PM
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That is precisely the issue. Misdiagnosis of epilepsy is not uncommon by non-specialist so I suggest the OP sees a neurologist.
I have BUPA cover through work so I am going to contact them tomorrow to see a specialist. I hope it is not but having read a lot of information(never the best idea) and it sounds very much like it could be.
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Old 20-11-2016, 10:28 PM
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Read the .pdf available on this link. These are the guidance notes that medical professionals will use, and it will guide you on the restrictions on driving licences

I had to refrain from driving for 12 weeks last year after a fall which put me in hospital could have been triggered by a number of unidentified causes.

You are correct in thinking that using the company medical scheme is good for expediting an answer. I saw a cardiologist and a neurologist using my employers scheme and had every test possible within 4 weeks of the incident. As good as the NH is this was faster.

I had to notify DVLA myself, the Docs didn't do it for me. From the moment the first Doc said don't drive I didn't touch the car keys.

Strange thing was after 12 weeks the specialists were happy that they had identified cause and given treatment and said I could drive, but it took a further 13 weeks to get confirmation that DVLA medical were also happy , I could drive quite legaly whilst awaiting the answer . DVLA medical contact your specialists directly .

I know one lady who was suspended from driving due to epilepsy , and she is now driving with a license to be renewed every 12 months rather than 10 years.

Your vehicle insurer cannot discriminate and penalise you financially for a condition, if you have a valid license. You must tell the insurer when you resume driving that you have a DVLA notifiable condition and whether or not DVLA have imposed a license restriction ( e.g. 1 year license, 3 year license etc ) . If you go onto a new restricted license any "grandfather rights" for minibus or 7.5 tonnes are removed.

Although it is a shock, honestly, a spell of not driving isn't the end of the world . Good luck and I hope you get everything sorted out as quickly as possible.

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Old 20-11-2016, 10:51 PM
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Sorry to hear that, what **** news. Wishing you all the best.
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Old 20-11-2016, 10:57 PM
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To be honest I will still be going fishing it's just I won't can drive myself so will need to rely on lifts. Can't see my missus being to keen to drive me the hour to the Clyde to often. I also work 60 miles away so it's really put a spanner in the works with that as well. Just need to find other ways around things I suppose
Hi Gerry that's not good to hear mate

get in touch after the 6th, I would have no problem sorting something out with you, had a good day last time we were out and another was on the cards any way.


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Old 20-11-2016, 11:05 PM
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Sorry to hear your bad news, however having been stationed in Scotland for over 3 years and knowing the nature of most of your fellow country men, I know for sure you wont be short of offers of help with anything you need.
All the best.
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Old 20-11-2016, 11:11 PM
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Sincerely hope there's a satisfactory outcome to your ailment, hopefully, it's something very temporary & you are soon able to cast a line again.
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sorry to hear about your problem , hope it gets resolved for you, best wishes
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