stroke/dot physical

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by ddsprint, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. ddsprint

    ddsprint Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    oshkosh wi
    was just wondering if having a stroke would be a problem with dot physical, have been thinking of getting a cdl, but i guess i should know this first, so any help on letting me know if good or bad, thank U
  2. ddsprint

    ddsprint Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    oshkosh wi
    well one of u truckers for sure no the answer, i don't or would not ask, so could someone please answer my question, someone must know, is this a problem or not, thank you
  3. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    Your doc is going to be the best source of info!
    Cybergal Thanks this.
  4. Baack

    Baack Road Train Member

    May 24, 2007
    I am not a doctor
    But I hear of drivers who have had heart attacks and still drive
    Only your doctor can tell you if your driving will be a danger to others on the road, as far as your health goes
  5. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2008

    AGREED! We can't really in truth not being DOCTORS can answer that question.
  6. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    I looked on FMCSA website and there was no reference to a stroke.

    If you have had a stroke, then your doctor like all of the others have said, it going to have the best idea on your limits. Just make sure the doctor is aware that it is an 18 wheeler you are talking about.
  7. witchwaywest

    witchwaywest Medium Load Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Monroe New York
    It's going to depend on how severe the stroke was and if there are lasting complications.If you sustained memory loss,limb impairment or speech impairment, chances are you can't be qualified.FMCSA regulations may prevent you from driving with a diagnosis of thrombosis or embolism.The rules on this can be found at FMCSA website.Search under 391.41,scroll down to b4,hit on medical advisory criteria.If your doctor has determined the underlying cause of the stroke and treatment for this shows no future episodes may occur you still might be qualified.Even if you are found qualified to drive you may still have a problem with hiring companies.Most companies have their own criteria for hiring when it comes to past or present illness.To them chances are you may have another stroke while driving their truck.Is it fair?Lifes not fair sometimes.
    Baack Thanks this.
  8. ddsprint

    ddsprint Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    oshkosh wi
    thank u for all your honesty, this is what i want and special thanx to witchwaywest, thanx alot i realize that it is what it is, i understand the possible lack of interest companies may have and rules that may apply, i was a concrete contractor before this, but have a interest in trucking like adventure, due to stroke concrete will go, trucking i would probably like, although there is some limitations obviously, so thanx alot, later dan
  9. ddsprint

    ddsprint Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    oshkosh wi
    so like i said thank you for your help. Your posts made me go out to trucking co. in town, flatbedders, ask them what there policy was he said 2 yrs exp, told him of my stroke, he said as long as doctor says ok, your good to go, he said they may put U on a 3 mos, 6 mos, or 1 yr check, so thank for your help, dan
  10. lumburger

    lumburger Bobtail Member

    Aug 10, 2014
    I had a stroke 4 years ago at 35 , I just passed my dot exam last week with no waiver needed and I have limited use of my left hand , I can grip with it but no fine motor function.get a note from your nurologist and pulmonoligist if you have sleep apnea. The dot doc based the no waiver needed off of the nurologist's notes. Just to let you know I am not sure of of your of situation. Best of luck brother.Have you had a driving evaluation after your stroke? if so then you should be all set. Or DMV can revoke your licence if they wish. If your nurologist clears you then there should be no problem. As a side note to any of you guys gals w sleep apnea, get it checked and use the machine if perscribed. had i giotten checked I would not have suffered a stroke at 35. But now I get to drive a truck.
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