Friday, September 25, 2009 Shell, Community Member, asks

Q: Limbs going numb while driving...Normal for MS?

My feet, arms and hands, toes and fingers have been going numb but never while driving.  This morning my left foot went numb while driving.  Not a great time for this to happen.  Does this happen to others?  Do doctors caution people not to drive when these things begin to happen?

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Vicki, Health Guide
9/26/09 6:00pm

Hi Shell,


Of course this happens to some people with MS, but other MSers still drive.  MS does not automatically mean you must stop driving.


Driving gives some people a feeling of independence, and that makes it difficult to give up.  With MS, however, that independence may be challenged by a need for safety.


You have to decide if you can still turn the steering wheel and work the brake and accelerator.  If there is a question, that can be rectified with hand controls so you can continue to drive for a long time.


Good luck.

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By Shell, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 09/25/09