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Advice desperately needed

Postby Trish140363 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:16 pm

I own a taxi company and I also drive as a taxi driver too... I'm extremely worried now as I mentioned to someone (not a regular) that I have fibromyalgia and she told me I shouldn't be driving a taxi due to fibro fog (she also has fibro) and have I told dvla and the council..so I mentoned this to my gp and she said when I'm due for my next taxi medical she has to put it on the form by law

I'm terrified if I tell them I won't be able to drive my Taxi.
What do you all think?
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Re: Advice desperately needed

Postby SchroedingersCat » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:38 pm

I'm no lawyer, but I suspect it's medication you need to be concerned about. I've not notified the DVLA about my FM because I don't take medication and so far it's not affected my driving - my fog is very low level and usually just means I forget where I put my keys or can't think of the word I want to use.
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Re: Advice desperately needed

Postby allyneed103 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:02 pm

it all depends on how your fibro affects you. I still drive but because i am on high dose morphine and liquid morphine when needed i must be aware that there are times when i am just to doped up to drive.like today. my fibro fog is more forgetting that the children need dinner ( its ok now they older they feed themselves) and forgetting what ive done the day before.it doesnt affect my ability to drive.

As far as I know its not compulsary to inform dvla of fibro because it affects people in so many ways and to varying degrees. Be honest at your taxi review and stress the positives. They prob never heard of fibro anyway so explain it to them in a way that shows u can still do your job as long as its true.

Ask your gp to do the same i.e although you have fibro it doesnt stop you doing your job in her opinion.

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Re: Advice desperately needed

Postby Zia2014 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:38 pm

You don't have to inform the DVLA about Fibro per se. You might need to tell them about medications, or things that may affect your driving (concentration). There is guidance on their website somewhere.

Not sure about the taxi medical with it being your job and all though, sorry. good luck x
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Re: Advice desperately needed

Postby Chickenosaurus » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:33 pm

I've never heard that one before...
I don't drive as my fibro fog is quite bad and adds to my general incompetence & lack of co-ordination. :-)

As the previous poster said, fibro has so many different effects I don't think there could be any definitive 'ruling' for it. It's a chronic stable(ish) condition - so it's not as if you're going to suddenly take ill or pass out, which I would think was of most concern.

As for effects of medication - again you're more likely to be taking meds regularly and have some kind of tolerance to them, so may very well be safer than someone who takes an antihistamine and suddenly finds out it makes them drowsy.

If it was needed, could you maybe go out with a driving instructor just to prove you're perfectly capable? I don't think it should come to that, but you could always have the suggestion ready if it's queried.
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Re: Advice desperately needed

Postby Gracious » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:46 pm

Brain fog is not a set in stone guaranteed symptom for Fibro suffers, its just one possible symptom of many.

I have had fibro for 25 years, I only started experiencing fogging and cognitive issues a year and a half ago, which was a left over side affect of taking topiramate medication, that seriously did not agree with me. Nothing to do with my fibro. No one warned me at the time, this drug had lasting side effects even once withdrawn and I have been left with this issue now. But up to that point never fogged, even when I used to be in intense pain and exhausted and on high level of medications.

Fibro is not a condition on DVLA lists, the biggest concern will be the medication your on and ensuring its not impacting on your driving.

In your taxi medical, yes the doctor has to disclose any medical conditions, and medications. That would be the case for any medical report a GP had to do. It doesn't automatically mean your not fit to drive.

Just because its on the fibro symptom list doesn't mean everyone gets that symptom. If fogging is not something that troubles you as a symptom, then make sure this is known to your doctor and others who may need to know. Your GP could also note this in your next medical report too.

With loving kindness
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Re: Advice desperately needed

Postby MollyC » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:50 am

I wrote to the DVLA about my fibromyalgia and PTSD and a few other things, they needed a list of the medication I take and then took me for a test drive, the end result was that I am allowed to drive! - worth going through because if you don't and you are in an accident the insurance companies might not pay out. Once I was cleared I notified my insurance company and they were happy to continue insuring me with no increased rate.

I think being a taxi driver this is of particular importance to your lovelihoood and your reputuation.

My symptoms increased a little and I again applied to DVLA but they agreed my status remain the same as there was no further intel from the doctors or specialists - they wrote to them.

Best wishes,

Molly

ps. I can see where your anxiety comes from but in my experience anxiety not met head on will only increase in its volicity and intensity.
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