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Migraines and Driving?

  • By Dana

    Has anyone found that even when they aren’t having a migraine they cannot drive? Like maybe their reaction times are slower or they get confused? I really would like to hear from others.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi danabis1979,

    If I’m in a premonitory or postdrome phase, I do find driving a bit more challenging.

    Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experience with you.

    Nancy

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  • By GardensatNight

    I had to stop driving a year and a half ago because the light sensitivity was so bad I couldn’t operate my car safely. Still hoping maybe one day drugs will get better and they can fix me. Miss me and my car on theopen road!

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  • By Dana

    Not sure what happened, but most of my post got cut off. I stopped driving because of cognitive issues. I was getting lost and confused and the final straw was turning in to on coming traffic with my daughter in the car. Even still you feel like you’ve lost your freedom. And the worst part is I’m not getting better. Having a bad day, so I’m finding it hard to put the positive spin on things, but thank you for responding.
    Dana

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  • By GardensatNight

    Yeah, it got to the point where I was holding up grocery bags in one window to block the sun, had the visors down, my polarized FL-41’s and huge hat on, obviously, and was only looking at like the however many meters behind the other car’s tires and my hood. And that still hurt so badly. There was just no way I could do that without hurting someone or myself. My husband has to drive me everywhere now, covered in a blanket, which sucks. Lots of things about this disease suck.

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  • By Devin

    I got migraine contact lenses and they allow me to drive again. They are very dark. I was even able to go snorkeling on a sunny day in the Gulf of Mexico without sunglasses because of them.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Devin,

    Good for you – that must have felt wonderful! I’m happy to hear you’ve found something that helps. Would you mind sharing where you got them from?

    Nancy

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  • By Happythoughts

    Anyone here knows about doxyva? I have a migraine and can’t drive accordingly. I even got into a trouble last time while driving, my head hurts and my eyesight becomes blurry. I almost got into an accident and even don’t know what to do. They said that this device could help me conquer this migraine and could improve my health. I’ll be glad for your feedback.

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  • By bubbalini

    My main early symptoms are confusion, visual issues (my depth perception seems off so I get very clumsy), and slow physical and mental reaction times. I definitely hate driving when I am feeling that way.

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  • By 3xmmm

    I’m always scared to have an attack while driving a car. Fortunatly it occured only one time, and I was almost at my destination.

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  • By Dana

    Bubbalini
    That’s exactly how I feel, but I’m at the point where I don’t drive at all any more after a close call with my daughter in the car. I’m clumsy and slow cognitively at home. I have have come to accept that I no business being behind the wheel of a car. It sucks, though because, you lose a huge part of your freedom.

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  • By Anne

    I had to start taking the train to work because migraines made me dizzy. I moved and there’s no train near my house, so on days when I’m really dizzy, I don’t drive. I know what you mean about feeling out of it – I have to be extra careful when I drive with migraine. If I can avoid it, I do.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    HI Anne,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Driving with a migraine attack is not advised but sometimes life gets in the way. If we can avoid doing it that’s probably best, but that’s not always possible.

    Stay safe,
    Nancy

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  • By SNyman91285

    I get reversed tunnel vision with my aura. I can hold my hand in front of my face and not see my hand at all, but can usually see a “frame” around my hand. There are typically a few indicators that it’s about to happen, but there was one time it hit while I was driving with no warning and I had no choice but to pull over and call someone to get me, because I knew by the time my vision cleared up, I would feel horrible because the rest of my symptoms follow quickly after the aura and I would not be able to focus to drive. I can drive when I’m not having an attack, most of the time. I won’t drive until after the “migraine hangover” feeling is completely gone, because I get very disoriented and have a lot of issues with brain fog immediately following an attack, and generally can’t do much more than sleep during that phase anyway.

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