Driving with Peripheral Neuropathy
Staying safe and independent and continuing to drive with peripheral neuropathy
“It was dark out as I pulled into the driveway. My wife and I were discussing the news story being broadcast on the radio. As I turned toward the garage, I took my foot off the accelerator and moved toward the brake. But I couldn’t do it! I couldn’t feel where my foot was. The car kept creeping toward the garage door and I still couldn’t get my foot onto the brake. And then, BANG! The car hit the garage door and came to a stop.”
This frightening story is shared by Jack Miller who suffers from idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. The lack of feeling he describes in his feet is a common symptom of this often debilitating condition. Symptoms such as experiencing weakness or not being able to hold something, not knowing where your feet are and experiencing pain that feels as if it is stabbing or burning in your limbs can make driving difficult and even dangerous.