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keep pranging my car

Postby ouch potato » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:36 pm

Is it just me?

I had a diagnosis of FM 18 months ago, then it was 'removed' by another dr, and yet another dr has me referred to rheumatology for suspected ankylosing spondylitis, which I do also suspect. I think my original dx of fm was also correct and when the dx was removed I was in some kind of remission. However, I have been flaring badly lately.

I have found that I am pranging my car loads. In 25 years of driving I have never pranged it, but I have done it at least half a dozen times in the last few weeks, always when I am parking in a space. I hit bollards, pillars and metal bars. It's so odd, it's as if I can no longer judge distances. Luckily I have not done any major damage but is it going to get worse? Is it FM or is there something neurological going on? I lose my balance a lot, walk into doorways, chairs, tables etc.

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Re: keep pranging my car

Postby kazza65 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:02 pm


Funny you should mention this but i though i was going mad, i have notice that my balance is not what is used to be, i find i can trip over anything and everything. eg walking up stairs and miss judge the step and fall, or misjudge the rug and trip over this.

i haven't had an bumps in the car but i do find my judgement is going, and i'm getting to the stage as i don't like driving in the dark, and i finding driving makes my arms hurt,

hope this is of use to you

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Re: keep pranging my car

Postby whoami » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:44 pm

LoL! I also am very clumsy at times. I walk into things, just catching an elbow, stubbing my toes, walking off balance etc.

Something that has really changed, it could be age, LOL but my eyes are going downhill fast. I have never had issues with my eyes but I can't see the signs on the road without them or make out someones face 30ft away.

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Re: keep pranging my car

Postby denys » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:02 am

another very clumsy one here, I stopped driving as I felt unsafe driving around, I have a perfectly clean licence but started hitting things and did major damage to my car. My spacial awareness is terrible so even my poor mobility scooter has a number of scratches and scrapes now :( :( :( :( :( :(

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Re: keep pranging my car

Postby Ria Landon » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:26 am

I too kept pranging my car, hitting curbs, misjudging roundabout sand forever being hooted at by other cars for pulling out without looking. Again I had a clean licence for 24 years before this but decided to stop driving because I really didn't feel safe. I also wondered if I would have been insured if I had an accident because of the symptoms of Fibro and medication which clearly states ' do not drive if affected by these meds.' The thing I found was that because Fibro has such complicated symptoms I never really knew if it was the Fibro or the meds making me feel odd. Decided not to risk it either way. Its been nearly 2 years now without driving and I do miss it sometimes but its nice to give up that responsibility. I personally don't feel comfortable on the road but I guess you will know if that time comes for you. Worth considering the insurance implications though.
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Re: keep pranging my car

Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:08 pm

It's been 12 and a half years since I was able to drive :f1-car: :f1-car: With the dizzyness and balance problems my spatial awareness and judgement of distances and speeds was badly affected, and still is today :( :( :( Like Ria, I would have people tooting at me for going at the wrong times/not going quickly enough at junctions, roundabouts and things :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: The decision as what to do about it was taken out of my hands tho as the specialist I was seeing at the time said that DVLA needed to be advised about my problems. And once they were advised of them, they decided I wasn't safe to drive and my licence was revoked. There was a condition that if I was completely free of all symptoms and problems for a period of 3~6 months, they might consider re~instating it, but so far that hasn't happened :-? :-? :-? :-? I'm yet to manage 3~6 minutes free of symptoms and things :too-upset: :too-upset: :too-upset: :too-upset: :too-upset:
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