Is It Wise Doing OTR Trucking With Multiple Sclerosis

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Hasani D.'s Comment
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I’ve been having thoughts about doing otr but I have multiple sclerosis and medication is an Iv(intravenous)monthly. Is it it wise to OTR trucking with my condition?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

PackRat's Comment
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Members on this site are also living and driving with an MS diagnosis. I would think the first thing to do would be to talk with your doctor, then consult with medical personnel that administer the 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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I’ve been having thoughts about doing otr but I have multiple sclerosis and medication is an Iv(intravenous)monthly. Is it it wise to OTR trucking with my condition?

Howdy Hasani!

A day or so ago I had a reply to your post and the phone bobbled and lost it. I was under a tight run cause I messed up the address of where I was to pick up and got delayed till the next day.

My Ms was diagnosed in 2002 but I was starting to have notable symptoms in 2000, however I didn't know what they were. When I was diagnosed, my symptoms were progressing non-stop to the point within a year I was using a quad cane and a walker because I was falling constantly. I had other issues going on also that were MS related.

Within 6 months I was put on Avonex, the once a week IM shot. Due to horrible side effects I quit using it 16 mths later and switched VA doctors. The new VA doctor put me on Copaxone, the once a day sub-q shot. That also had equally horrible side effects. So after 18 months I stopped that treatment also after talking with my doctor who said that I would always have flare ups and that's why I needed to be on these meds. I did some reading from alternative doctors and decided to change my eating habits, get more walking in since I can't run anymore and make sure I was in during the day and evening when it was so hot. I did well until 2010.

I moved my daughter and two grandkids to Idaho to help me with my Traumatic Brain Injured husband. She brought along a stupid boyfriend. The stress of dealing with him, who was inappropriately touching my granddaughter, my husband's new brain injury issues and being out in the heat of the day with the grandkids sent me into a flare up. That's the last one I have had. My new neurologist in Idaho at the Boise VA insisted I go back on Copaxone 😝 which I did for one week. Couldn't stand the side effects and came off of it.

Since I have stopped all treatment, my VA GP doctor has said if I need treatment to let them know and they will start me on something. But for the time being they will just annotate it in my records and let me continue doing what I have been doing. Since 2010, I have had no flare ups and actually for being almost 71, I think I'm doing just fine! I run hard for my company, doing 136,000 actual miles last year. The squat and stand up (without holding on to anything) worries me when I do my DOT physical, but so far, I can do it.

As PackRat said, it will depend on your doctor, how you are progressing (or not), and the DOT doc.

Good luck.

Laura

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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