Do you sometimes wonder whether it’s safe for you to drive? Many of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome do. Some people with these conditions decide to stop driving because of their symptoms.
Some basic questions to ask yourself include:
- Can I focus well enough to drive, in spite of pain, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and other symptoms?
- How likely am I to fall asleep while driving?
- What other symptoms may impact my driving, how severe are they, and can they be managed?
One of the biggest causes of driving concerns is a cognitive dysfunction, aka brain fog or fibro fog. In addition, some people worry about panic attacks while some have problems with balance and dizziness.
- directional disorientation
- short-term memory problems
- multitasking difficulties
- trouble concentrating
It’s fairly common to hear someone with these illnesses talking about driving somewhere they’ve been a hundred times, only to suddenly forget where they are, where they’re going, and why. Or, at times, we may forget a familiar route, get lost, and have no ability to orient ourselves.
It’s bad enough when these kinds of things happen while, say, walking through a store. When it hits while you’re behind the wheel of the vehicle, it can be terrifying.
These events may be more common if you’re distracted, thanks to the problems we can have multitasking. Passengers, the phone, or a favorite song on the radio may pull your focus away from driving, and leave you struggling to get your bearings.
For those of us who are prone to panic attacks, a bad brain fog episode while driving can certainly be enough to trigger one. However, other factors can lead to anxiety as well, including running late, hitting heavy traffic, or the baby crying in the backseat.
When you’re shaking, dizzy, feel out of control and can catch your breath, you’re hardly in a state to drive safely. People who’ve had panic attacks while driving can become afraid that it will happen again, leading to a fear response that makes the situation more likely.
Dizziness and loss of balance are common problems in us, especially those who have chronic fatigue syndrome. Often, it’s tied to changing positions—such as from sitting or lying down to standing. That’s seldom a problem while driving. Other people, though, have more regular dizzy spells.
As with cognitive dysfunction and panic attacks, a dizzy spell while driving can be scary and hamper your abilities. If you have a tendency to faint, it becomes more important to consider whether driving is a good idea for you.
You may want to include people close to you in the decision, as they may have observed things you’re not aware of—such as times they’ve ridden with you and haven’t felt safe, or have seen you make questionable decisions.
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