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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by bisley45, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. bisley45

    bisley45 Bobtail Member

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    I just checked the drivers solutions site and it said sleep apnea can disqualify you from your dot physical is this right or should i just call the co i wont to work for and ask them.
     
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  3. Hitman

    Hitman Mr. Gamer

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    I would call the company. I believe that some co's are okay with it and some aren't. I've read on here that there are drivers with sleep apnea, but they use a cpap machine.
     
  4. bisley45

    bisley45 Bobtail Member

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    thanks hitman I do have a cpap and I think as long as you are using it it will be ok
     
  5. Joker213

    Joker213 Bobtail Member

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    you could always just forget to tell them.....they don't know what you don't tell 'em
     
  6. Nevada_Bob

    Nevada_Bob Light Load Member

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    I don't believe it's the law yet, but my company has directed the doctor giving physicals to ask us questions about trouble sleeping to determine if we have Apnea.
     
  7. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Nobody knows if you don't tell them, right? :biggrin_2552::biggrin_2552::biggrin_2552:
     
  8. Raezzor

    Raezzor Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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    True. My first DOT physical they gave me a 1 year one because I told them my blood sugar drops a bit low if I'm not careful. I mean, I'm 5'6", 130lbs, have around 4% body fat, and my metabolism is naturally high in my family. In addition, I hate big meals, so usually eat around 5 times a day, smaller meals. It stands to reason that my metabolism burns through blood sugar, and if I miss a meal, my blood sugar drops. But the doc nearly flipped out, and said she wasn't sure I should have a CDL because I might pass out while driving (note, I've NEVER passed out because of low blood sugar...) It took me 20 minutes of describing when it started, how I felt during an "episode" and what I do to correct/prevent it before she'd give my card. Now, I just don't even mention it. Not worth the ########.

    Now, if I felt it was something that could affect my driving, I would say something. But I've been dealing with this for 20 years now, and I've never had an incident that made me feel I couldn't drive. So to hell with the doc. :biggrin_25512:
     
  9. Saienga

    Saienga Medium Load Member

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    I just had a FedMed physical about two weeks ago, and it was on the questionnaire about medical history. It was a subheading of Sleep Problems, yes or no?

    Of course, you have to sign off on that "true and correct to the best of my knowledge" line once you've checked all those boxes...so "omitting" that info is probably not the safest or best idea.

    Going back to what's been said, having the tech or gear to alleviate the apnea issue is the best way to solve the problem.
     
  10. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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    When I worked for PAM this whole sleep apnea crisis started. From what I heard, don't tell them you have sleep apnea until after you're fully hired. Then they're stuck with you and your medical problems. If they know beforehand, they might disqualify you for another reason.
    Sleep apnea is just a big scam, a sleep apnea machine maker paid off the DOT so he could sell more machines. That's just my opinion, maybe you believe government officials can't be bought off.
     
  11. bisley45

    bisley45 Bobtail Member

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    thankes to every one for the replys
     
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