Is Long Covid limiting your ability to drive?

Posted by cyclones30 @cyclones30, Jan 10 5:52pm

I've had a lot of head issues since April 2020 when they think I had Covid and didn't know it. (never got tested then since it was early in the game) Vision issues that have since gone away, daily headaches and tingling scalp, numb spot on top of my head, and all get worse if I drive. Anyone else experience anything similar?

When I'm feeling a little better I can drive 15 min to an hour one way and get by. When my head is not having it…I can't go 10 min. This makes it a HUGE pain for just about anything. (groceries, work, hobbies, visiting family/friends, etc)

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Sorry to hear that. I can’t drive for very long distances either. For me it is dizziness and light sensitivity, so I’m really only comfortable with short distances in town.

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The multitasking chaos and stimulation triggers a migraine for one. Sitting triggers the stabbing pain in upper right abdomen (doctors ignore cysts found in gallbladder, liver issues, and some spot on my pancreas that they just said is a non issue after mri); plus a number of times in past six months(21 months post Covid) I have been on familiar routes and all of a sudden do not know where I am.

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16 months post-COVID. I live in a rural area but close to all regular destinations except for an hour drive to “the big city” on occasion. Sitting in the car driving is easier on me than any activity requiring standing or walking that affects heart rate and dizziness. However, brain fog is still prominent, and I have noticed I need to audibly remind myself of where I’m going to keep focused on the task. I have often realized I’ve missed speed limit changes on very familiar routes.

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@lynnryan

Sorry to hear that. I can’t drive for very long distances either. For me it is dizziness and light sensitivity, so I’m really only comfortable with short distances in town.

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Yes this is also a problem for me. Day or night. The LED lights are intense. Dawn and dusk are easier on the eyes.

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@jrg200911

16 months post-COVID. I live in a rural area but close to all regular destinations except for an hour drive to “the big city” on occasion. Sitting in the car driving is easier on me than any activity requiring standing or walking that affects heart rate and dizziness. However, brain fog is still prominent, and I have noticed I need to audibly remind myself of where I’m going to keep focused on the task. I have often realized I’ve missed speed limit changes on very familiar routes.

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Yes. The first few months of long haul I had such a hard time with even being a passenger, the dizziness was so intense. That slowly subsided (though I still get bouts of it) but me driving is still very difficult. I get dizzy, head pressure, hot spots on my face, and then my anxiety is on like red alert.
I'm an entirely different person now when it comes to being in a car (either as a driver or passenger). Before covid I absolutely LOVED driving, loved going fast, loved driving long distances, etc. Literally my husband virtually never drove before I got sick. Now I can barely drive two minutes down the road.

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