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    FAA and Seizures

    Anyone know what the FAA regulations are regarding a controller who has had a seizure, if any regulations do exist? I can't seem to find any information anywhere, but I am sure this has to be covered somewhere. I'm currently a controller in the Air Force, but awaiting an MEB to determine my eligibility to continue due to the fact that I had a random seizure while at my house. No history before or anything. I was hoping that someone had some information on seizures and how the FAA ultimately looks at them, simply because my military future is unclear at this point, and I have to consider all possibilities.

    Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

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    Re: FAA and Seizures

    Ask in the Ask a Flight Surgeon forum. Doc Orsak's a good resource.
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    Re: FAA and Seizures

    Hmmm. Random unexplained seizure will probably not go over well. How would you even know it was a seizure? This could be a whole can of worms that will not go away....you think you have a seizure so the doctors believe you but then are unable to determine why you could have had one in order to put you back to work.

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    Re: FAA and Seizures

    Well, I know it was a seizure because I was not alone. My wife was with me and she was the one who helped me through all of it. As to not knowing what caused it, only 20% of seizures have an explanation to why they happened, so the reason I do not know what caused mine is not uncommon.

    @Rosstafari: I will post in that section, thank you.

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    Re: FAA and Seizures

    Quote Originally Posted by SrABeers View Post
    Well, I know it was a seizure because I was not alone. My wife was with me and she was the one who helped me through all of it. As to not knowing what caused it, only 20% of seizures have an explanation to why they happened, so the reason I do not know what caused mine is not uncommon.

    @Rosstafari: I will post in that section, thank you.

    I bet neither you or your wife are a medical professional capable of diagnosing what was or was not a seizure. I bet you were both just acting on your instincts based on what ever past experiences.

    My half sister was an extremely difficult child....often spacing out and completely ignoring what she was asked to do. We often took this as defiance... ( she is still defiant but that is another story )

    We later found out she was having over 200 mini seizures a day that neither, my mom, the schools or I were able to notice with our own eyes.

    Boy did we feel stupid.

    All I am saying is that some doctors will simply believe what they are told by a patient and assume they know enough to come to that conclusion.

    I went through thousands of dollars of allergy tests because I thought I had an allergy and they believed me....later a lowly family physician diagnosed the problem independently because he had an eye for it and was not biased by what I thought the issues was.

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    Re: FAA and Seizures

    One time I went out with my gal to Cheddars and gorged on a BLT, and broke out into a rash shortly thereafter. So, I figuredI was allergic to BLTs. Turns out, I was only allergic to my girlfriends perfume!

    And then I found a ten dollars.

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    Re: FAA and Seizures

    Oh, and more on the subject, I got a huge electric shock that induced a seizure, which I reported, and my medical took longer, and they still cleared me.

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