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truckergirl

Saint Louis, MO

#164 Dec 3, 2013
Brickman wrote:
I have to take a DOT physical next couple of days Ive been going to pain management for my back. Do I tell them about it or what? I currently take oxycodone and methadone for the pain
Be careful. I believe both will disqualify u..
Nathan

Davison, MI

#165 Jan 4, 2014
I am in truck driving school and recently been diagnosed with hypothyroid condition. I have 10 weeks left classes. Should be worried or will I be fine? I have my DOT physical card already for school so I can drive. Just want to get some input.

Thank you and stay safe out there.
Ivan

United States

#166 Jan 8, 2014
Got to love the way you placed yourself in this exclusive club. I'm sitting here right now waiting for a shuttle to take me back to get my things. I'm being sent home. The first good job I've had in 14 months and Dr. Joe L.(Endocrinologist) couldn't just sign his name to the waiver, he had to add "I cannot attest to his operating a truck). 14 months of struggle gone. England thought I was very capable, I HATE his ass SO BAD!!!
the great one wrote:
<quoted text>they shouldn't help you when you lie. i am not a doctor but i am a twenty five year truckingy industry vet., been around the block a few times. First of all if you are a diabetic, a heart risk, a epileptic, one legged, one armed, blind in one eye, deaf or have any mental issues, you do not need to be behind a 80,000lb weapon that can kill more than yourself. if it was just your miserable life that was at risk who would ever care. Also we dont need any drunks or druggies out there either. i worked out in a rig for twenty five
Dr Paul McLemore DC Tex

Killeen, TX

#167 Jan 10, 2014
I am a DOT Doctor here in North Texas. YES the medical rules have dramatically changed for truck drivers. I am telling all my contacts that if the driver has a problem let me know early so that I can help get you thru the process. The rule for sleep apnea is snoring, 100lbs over weight, 17inch neck or greater, BMI>32, minimum O2 levels, then I have to consider that this person has sleep apnea and get them tested
Please understand that the DOT is also holding our feet to the fire. Threatening to take away our certification.
DOT believes that 25 to 50% of the drivers are unhealthy and they expect the doctor to remove them from driving.
The rules have changed and you are expected to be healthier. We have known for five years that this was coming. I have been telling my driver this was coming. NOW Its here.
Loose weight, get healthier, get off meds !

At my clinics I will doing everything I can to get you thru the process but it may take time, testing, and more of your money. Contact your doc early if you have a problem or diagnosis and they can smooth the way or at least I will.
I will answer your questions as best that I can. email me

drpaulmclemoredc (at) yahoo.com

AND just in case you did not know this; the Trooper on the side of the road will be judging your health. If the trooper thinks you are too unhealthy to be operating your truck then your license can be suspended on the spot.

pass on to your friends !
Nightrider269 wrote:
Watch what you say dunning your next dot physical. I passed my physical, and the Doc asked what perception drugs I was taking. That's when my nightmare began. I have a perception for provagil. The Doc made me go for a sleep study, at my cost for a perception my personal doc gave me. Don't tell these dot doctor's anything other then name, number, and serial numbers. The DOT has a new deal, where if they choose, they can make you do a sleep test at your cost. I had to do one because I went in 8 years ago about my snoring, it woke my wife up. When our 14 year old dog walks to the front door, she wakes up. I'm just saying, watch what you tell these pricks. It only cost me $500 after 30 years of driving. Because I snore?
Dr Paul McLemore DC Tex

Killeen, TX

#168 Jan 10, 2014
Hypothyroid will not be a problem just as long as you are taking your medication and doing well. Maybe limited to 1 yr however

DOC Doc

drpaulmclemoredc (at) yahoo.com
Nathan wrote:
I am in truck driving school and recently been diagnosed with hypothyroid condition. I have 10 weeks left classes. Should be worried or will I be fine? I have my DOT physical card already for school so I can drive. Just want to get some input.
Thank you and stay safe out there.
Dr Paul McLemore DC Tex

Killeen, TX

#169 Jan 10, 2014
The specialist now have to sign off on many conditions and medications, I do not know yours. The specialist is being asked to approve your ability to drive. DOT wants to involve a specialist to spread the risk pool. I am having trouble getting specialist to sign off on my drivers because the specialist knows this is a liability to them also.
What is your diagnosis and I can further comment about your situation.

drpaulmclemoredc (at) yahoo.com
Ivan wrote:
Got to love the way you placed yourself in this exclusive club. I'm sitting here right now waiting for a shuttle to take me back to get my things. I'm being sent home. The first good job I've had in 14 months and Dr. Joe L.(Endocrinologist) couldn't just sign his name to the waiver, he had to add "I cannot attest to his operating a truck). 14 months of struggle gone. England thought I was very capable, I HATE his ass SO BAD!!!<quoted text>
Dr Paul McLemore DC Tex

Killeen, TX

#170 Jan 10, 2014
methadone is disqualifying

drpaulmclemoredc (at) yahoo.com
truckergirl wrote:
<quoted text>
Be careful. I believe both will disqualify u..
Stormchasser

Gadsden, AL

#171 Mar 11, 2014
No physical no job
vicky wrote:
My husband just failed his physical. Does that mean he has to quit his job immediately? thanks
missjane

Baltimore, MD

#172 Apr 5, 2014
Dr Paul McLemore DC Tex wrote:
I am a DOT Doctor here in North Texas. YES the medical rules have dramatically changed for truck drivers. I am telling all my contacts that if the driver has a problem let me know early so that I can help get you thru the process. The rule for sleep apnea is snoring, 100lbs over weight, 17inch neck or greater, BMI>32, minimum O2 levels, then I have to consider that this person has sleep apnea and get them tested
Please understand that the DOT is also holding our feet to the fire. Threatening to take away our certification.
DOT believes that 25 to 50% of the drivers are unhealthy and they expect the doctor to remove them from driving.
The rules have changed and you are expected to be healthier. We have known for five years that this was coming. I have been telling my driver this was coming. NOW Its here.
Lose weight, get healthier, get off meds !

At my clinics I will doing everything I can to get you thru the process but it may take time, testing, and more of your money. Contact your doc early if you have a problem or diagnosis and they can smooth the way or at least I will.
I will answer your questions as best that I can. email me
drpaulmclemoredc (at) yahoo.com
AND just in case you did not know this; the Trooper on the side of the road will be judging your health. If the trooper thinks you are too unhealthy to be operating your truck then your license can be suspended on the spot.
pass on to your friends !
<quoted text>
Thank you for this post and I have a question. I applied for CDL school and went for DOT physical this week at Concentra. The PA performing the exam determined I failed the sleep apnea portion and said I need a sleep apnea study. My school counselor said his cost him $5K. Well, I don't have insurance and certainly don't have the money to pay myself. Do you know if there are DOT-acceptable, low-cost alternatives? Thank you.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#173 Apr 6, 2014
missjane wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for this post and I have a question. I applied for CDL school and went for DOT physical this week at Concentra. The PA performing the exam determined I failed the sleep apnea portion and said I need a sleep apnea study. My school counselor said his cost him $5K. Well, I don't have insurance and certainly don't have the money to pay myself. Do you know if there are DOT-acceptable, low-cost alternatives? Thank you.
There really are none the sleep study needs to be done before they can figure out how to treat the issue. treatment can be as something as simple as a C-PaP to requiring surgery to help fix the issue.
kbb916

Rancho Cordova, CA

#174 May 7, 2014
Hi if someone fails a dot physical do to non compliance of cpap how do u get ur license back??

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#175 May 11, 2014
that you would have to ask the DMV. I am sure a letter from the DR will be needed to show compliance.
Charliebee

Elkhart, IN

#176 Jun 24, 2014
I have a couple friends who are color blind.

To one, the colors are "faded" and "not clear"

To the Other, some colors are grey, other
colors appear "differently" than to us with
"Good" color interpretive vision.

Both got their CDL Med Cards often renewed.
One Nice Guy

Elkhart, IN

#177 Jun 24, 2014
I have Atrial Fib (Very Recently Diagnosed)

I am not yet on anti-coagulants

I No Longer Drive 18 Wheelers or Loaded Heavy Bob-tails.

I DO transport & deliver Large Motor Homes,
Bob Tails & Semi Tractors towing my Jeep
behind to get from one assignment to another.

My med card expired and I'd like to get another
two yr card one more time. After that, One year
certifications are ok.

Reason for 2 yr certification/card: My state
CANCELS the entire DL (Really, they DO!)
until you RE-Certify OR Downgade to NO CDL.
My DL Expires December 2015.

I CAN step down to "lighter" motor homes &
many tractors weigh in at less than CDL weight.

I've had a CDL for 28 yrs, only using "between"
Self Employment Assignments. Driving has been
good to me & I am a safe DOT compliant driver.

Can anyone suggest how I can get a 2 yr card
before I declare my now afib condition?

Thanks
John

Bozeman, MT

#178 Jul 22, 2014
I am trying to obtain a CDL in montana. It is a class B for driving a school bus. For background, I was diagnosed with cancer just over 1.5 years ago. The chemo left me with loss of sensation (neuropathy) on the outer portion of both legs but not to the feet. I was wondering if there is a way to get an exception to what appears to be a blanket band on neuropathy. I do not have diabetes so that is not the cause.

Thanks

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