Monday, December 17, 2012

Driving and MS

Studies indicate that automobile accidents involving drivers diagnosed with MS occur at a higher rate than those involving healthy drivers of the same age.  About three times higher, according to early research studies on the subject from Denmark (Lings, 2002) and New Jersey (Schultheis, 2002).

Although the majority of people with MS can drive safely, there are symptoms, such as vision problems, muscle weakness, or spasticity, which can make driving more difficult.  During an exacerbation, some people with MS may temporarily give up driving.  Others may lose their license if involved in a serious accident.

According to Dr. Akinwuntan in Augusta, Georgia, patients whose level of disability is low, scoring less than 2.5 on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), “are relatively good drivers and those above 7 are not fit to drive.”  Of course, this is a wide generalization which may not apply to your personal situation.

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Safety, Driving, and Multiple Sclerosis

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