Balance Issues

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Balance Issues

Postby Jenny3142 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:10 pm

Saturday I had sudden hearing loss in my left ear. I went to the ENT on Monday and he made me do the Fukuda stepping test, I failed that spectacularly. I´m not too surprised at this, I´ve had balance issues my whole life. I told him this. I told him that me and door frames aren´t on the best of terms. (dyspraxia you know?) :D
He gave me steroids and booked me in for two tests next year VNG and Bera.
What alarmed me is he said I shouldn't drive whilst I have a balance issue. I´ve been driving all of my adult life with only 2 major accidents when I was young (other peoples fault both times). I know I have a tendency to sometimes nudge the kerb driving around corners and I have a few prangs and scrapes from parking (walls, posts). I tend to only drive automatics, but I do have a full license. I have no qualms if I am only allowed to drive automatics though - manuals are not for me!
I live in Germany (I used to live in the UK), and I can find absolutely no information here. Information on Dyspraxia generally is scarce here. I´m just wondering if any of your UKers come across anything like this? Any advice?

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Re: Balance Issues

Postby Tom fod » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:48 pm

This is not an easy one to answer as I'm not a medical professional with access to your medical notes and I don't know what the laws/ insurance company rules in Germany are in regard to driving if your Doctor has (strongly?) advised against doing so. I do also appreciate that depending on where you/live work and your day-to day responsibilities you may not have (m)any alternatives? I'd suggest you seek further guidance on this.

With a foot full of bullets I tried to run faster but I just hobbled on to the next disaster.
(from Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Foot Full of Bullets)

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