The Informal PEB's decision came back. They want to give me the boot, with only a 10% rating. I am 9 years 6 months deep into the Air Force (E-5). I developed problems early in my career: I worked on the flightline, hefting parts around, and ended up needing surgery. I had a ruptured/herniated disc (C6/C7) that was removed and C6/C7 was fused (2002). I retrained in Air Traffic Control in 2005 and symptoms returned. The C6/C7 fusion hadn't healed properly, and additional stenosis was noted between C5/C6. I had another spinal fusion in 2007 (C5/C6/C7), and afterwards continued to have intractable neck and upper back pain (3 to 4/10). I also have left ulnar nerve aggravation from the scars at the surgery site which causes a significant loss of feeling. I am prohibited by my doctor from lifting 10 lbs or more, walking or running greater than .25 mi, and repetitious bending of the back or neck. I was submitted to the MEB, and MEB sent my case on to the IPEB -- I got their findings Thursday. I am trying to find as much info as possible to determine what I should do. I think I should appeal and fight for a higher rating: the finding was "Cervicalgia Status Post Fusion x2", with a VA Diagnostic Code of 5241 (Spinal Fusion). I have had a MRI recently that shows "a disc bulge which flattens the thecal sac." in C3-C4, and "a disc bulge asymmetric to the right which flattens the thecal sac. Uncontrovertebral hypertrophy contributes to bilateral mild neural foraminal stenosis" in C4-C5. I don't know if the doc or the IPEB has looked at the MRI or results yet: my (military) chiropractor has seen it, though. It seems that 10% is a ridiculously low rating for my disabilities, and that "Spinal Fusion" doesn't quite cover it. I entered the Air Force in good faith, and now they want to kick me and my family out on the street with a tiny little check and a "Don't let the doorknob hit ya!" Is there anyone here with any insight? What should I do? If the VA Diagnostic Code were changed to "Spinal Stenosis" would I fare better? Please help! I have to agree with the findings or appeal to the formal board within 10 days of notification, and the clock's ticking!