DOT Physical And Gout, Chronic Bronchitis, Arthritis

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Has anyone had any of these issues and successfully passed a DOT physical?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Tim F.'s Comment
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I’ve never been rejected for those reasons. Here’s the thing. You’ll have to show the doctor your range of motion to perform the job. If they are doing the physical correctly they will ask you to reach, bend and squat.

Good luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I’ve never been rejected for those reasons. Here’s the thing. You’ll have to show the doctor your range of motion to perform the job. If they are doing the physical correctly they will ask you to reach, bend and squat.

Good luck!

I can do all that, I just saw on the physical form they specifically ask about those things.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I’ve never been rejected for those reasons. Here’s the thing. You’ll have to show the doctor your range of motion to perform the job. If they are doing the physical correctly they will ask you to reach, bend and squat.

Good luck!

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I can do all that, I just saw on the physical form they specifically ask about those things.

I can't squat without pain, but I'm pretty good at hiding pain after 25 years of it. :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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You need to squat and duck walk.

gout is usually associated with diabetes isnt it? i imagine that would be a bigger issue. arthritis would be a bigger concern with a manual than an auto i guess.

as far as med, .as long as you dont take anything narcotic or that would make you drousy u should be okay. i asked the doctor about endomitriosis for a forum member and they said although its very painful as long as it is controlled without narcs it would be ok.

hope this helps

Old School's Comment
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I just saw on the physical form they specifically ask about those things.

Those are questions to establish your medical history, they are not disqualifiers.

I just went through my two year renewal. I didn't have to reach bend or squat. The D.O.T. physical is very basic. The main things that will mess you up is blood pressure above 140/90 and/or sugar in your urine.

It's important to realize that each individual company will often have a higher standard than the D.O.T. requirements. You will generally be subjected to their physical even if you have a current D.O.T. medical certification. If you have some specific companies you are considering you could ask in here and maybe some current drivers could ease your concerns.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan S.'s Comment
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Look for any and all reasons you CAN, than you CAN'T.

I've read all kinds of stories of people getting their CDL's. Amputees, near deaf, or deaf people.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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You need to squat and duck walk.

gout is usually associated with diabetes isnt it? i imagine that would be a bigger issue. arthritis would be a bigger concern with a manual than an auto i guess.

as far as med, .as long as you dont take anything narcotic or that would make you drousy u should be okay. i asked the doctor about endomitriosis for a forum member and they said although its very painful as long as it is controlled without narcs it would be ok.

hope this helps

Gout is a form of arthritis. It can be due to excesses of sugar, alcohol, etc. It can also be triggered by trauma, which is my case, though I am overweight. I broke my toe when I was a kid, and I broke my ankle a year ago so bad my foot was hanging at a right angle, swinging back and forth. Broke both bones right above the ankle, plus a small chunk of the ankle.

I can squat and duck walk, but not without pain.

The gout is mostly under control by meds, which are not narcotic, just lowers uric acid, which form crystals in joints.

Just had a major physical with my doctor and he is checking for diabetes to be safe.

Blood pressure is right around 140/90 if I remember correctly, but he is treating with meds. I have a few months before I can shut my business completely down, so hopefully I can lose weight, and lower my BP

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I just saw on the physical form they specifically ask about those things.

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Those are questions to establish your medical history, they are not disqualifiers.

I just went through my two year renewal. I didn't have to reach bend or squat. The D.O.T. physical is very basic. The main things that will mess you up is blood pressure above 140/90 and/or sugar in your urine.

It's important to realize that each individual company will often have a higher standard than the D.O.T. requirements. You will generally be subjected to their physical even if you have a current D.O.T. medical certification. If you have some specific companies you are considering you could ask in here and maybe some current drivers could ease your concerns.

Thanks, Old School, Once I get closer I'll ask for the companies I would like to work for, but as you know, I'll end up with whoever is willing to take a chance on an old guy. :)

Dan, thanks. I am not looking for reasons I can't, I have been in pain for 30 years or more, I'll work through whatever. I went through USMC boot camp 7 years after the broken to, and every step was like walking on broken glass. I just don't want to be disqualified for something that I won't let stop me. I will deal with whatever needs to be done. The mission comes first, right? :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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