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    What does the DOT physical consist off

    Some one told me that they make you bend over and spread your but cheeks and check for what ever it is they check and heard off one fellow getting a finger stuck in his but for what ever it is they check for. Am not asking this to be funny by any means just need so I can no what to expect and prepare for!


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    A DOT physical doesn't consist of the finger. At least I have never had it done. They check your physical abilities. Eyes, limbs, range of movement ect. They check for diabetes, blood pressure, hernias, ect.

    Overall, no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 777lonewolf View Post
    Some one told me that they make you bend over and spread your but cheeks and check for what ever it is they check and heard off one fellow getting a finger stuck in his but for what ever it is they check for. Am not asking this to be funny by any means just need so I can no what to expect and prepare for!

    You are talking about the finger wave.... that is the army physical not DOT. Or for us old guys doctors do that to check your prostate. That is why I have a woman doctor with little bitty fingers... The last army physical I had I got seriously violated. I think the guy lost his rolex...

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    You can find info on physical qualification at the FMCSA's website.Once there,type in the search box,391.41.Hit on the result and you'll find info on what they look for and what may disqualify you to drive.While going through the list,if you hit (medical advisory criteria)you'll get a more in depth definition of each catagory.No.There is nothing in there about a rectal exam relating to a disqualifying condition.The thing is,like others have said,when you get around my age,50,they like to start looking for prostate enlargement.That equals a rectal exam.I always cringe when the doctor says"drop your drawers"Then again I always cringed when I was a child and saw a needle coming at me.So,rectal exams at this time are not part of a DOT physical.On the lighter side,truckers are supposed to watch their mirrors to see what's coming up from behind.In my doctors office this rule doesn't apply.

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    My DOT physical was a joke.

    I went in thinking I was actually going to get a real physical.

    You could have done the thing in the waiting room........ blood pressure, look at eyes and ears, whisper to see if you can hear, have you bend over to see if you can at least reach your knees, hands over head............ most of it was just asking 50 questions......."Do you have asthma, do you have diabetes, do you smoke......"

    No offense but I used to wonder how some 400 pound guy that couldn't walk to the cashiers building without stopping to catch his breath could possibly pass the exam........... now I know.


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    Same here with mine I think it all depends on the Dr you have as to how serious the physical is gonna be and by the way TARPS if ya go for that Rolex ya might be able to take an extra week of vaccation this year.....I was down by 540 last week and there semed to be allot of them birds ya got aquainted with here awhile back...but maybe they just are a lookin for more of you guys...you all are all over down there....I know I know head office/terminal......

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    good to know tarps, thanks for the info, I was a firefighter for years and their physical included the "finger wave" My doctor was a neanderthal with the most massive fingers I've ever seen.....looked like the base of a carrot, he told me to relax and look at the clock, I told him "easy for you to say" I swear the guy gave me an internal dental exam...sheesh that was the worst....incidentally tarps, I'm headed up to Boise, ID on the 23rd to attend Willis Shaw's CDL school and training course.

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    LMAO, some real funny stuff! Thanks for the info every!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwhitson View Post
    good to know tarps, thanks for the info, I was a firefighter for years and their physical included the "finger wave" My doctor was a neanderthal with the most massive fingers I've ever seen.....looked like the base of a carrot, he told me to relax and look at the clock, I told him "easy for you to say" I swear the guy gave me an internal dental exam...sheesh that was the worst....incidentally tarps, I'm headed up to Boise, ID on the 23rd to attend Willis Shaw's CDL school and training course.
    TMI
    ......shudder......


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    Quote Originally Posted by 777lonewolf View Post
    Some one told me that they make you bend over and spread your but cheeks and check for what ever it is they check and heard off one fellow getting a finger stuck in his but for what ever it is they check for. Am not asking this to be funny by any means just need so I can no what to expect and prepare for!
    Nothing invasive is required, although your Doctor might insist you might need further exams based on age or physical condition. Almost any young person will easily pass it just by showing up with their head!

    The main problem for me (at 58 years and 40 pound overweight) turned out to be blood pressure. If you don't know what your BP is, find out beforehand. If it's anywhere near 140/90 or above, seek medical advice and try to lower it before taking the DOT physical. It takes time! Mine (at 150/70 during the exam) qualifies me for a 1-year DOT medical card, but it must be below 140/90 at the 1 year recertification, or I will only qualify for a temporary 3-month card (gives me time to find another job, if you get my drift!)

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