The other night I wrote a post about vision problems with ME/CFS and it reminded of me how driving is affected also, partly because of the vision problems. When I have severe flares from the CFS, I don’t drive. I have found out over the years even during the less severe flares when I should hand the keys over to someone else. Back before I realized how severely my driving could be affected from the CFS, I would drive and I would literally get lost in my local town. I could seriously not remember how to get from point A to point B – in the area I have lived for years. It is very scary.
There are times when I can barely manuver the vehicle because I physically do not have the strength to do so. I will notice that steering the car is extremely difficult and it is hard to keep the car steady. I know that I have to park the vehicle and if I want or need to go somewhere (if I have the energy), my husband will have to do the driving.
I have had to pull off the road many, many times over the years because of the fatigue from CFS. My eyes will also get very small and squinty when the CFS is affecting me and that makes it hard to see as well.
I have to wear polarized sunglasses when driving all year round because the light hurts my eyes so bad. If it is snowing like crazy you will see me driving with my shades on. Driving at night proves to be difficult because of the glare from all of the headlights. If you read the post about the vision problems with ME/CFS , light is a problem for our eyes. It causes headaches, watery eyes and makes our vision blurry.
It has been hard for me to turn over the driving to my husband. Driving is something I have always loved to do. When traveling, I am always the one to do the bulk of the driving and when I know it’s not safe for me to be behind the wheel, I have to stifle my pride and do what’s best and safe for everyone. But it just shows how ME/CFS touches every aspect of our lives, even the little things like driving that most people take for granted.
Please share any driving difficulties you have had due to CFS.