Possible Med Board Evaluation Question

Xercease

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So I recently went to a new PCM for vertigo symptoms and they only wanted to focus on how long I have been on Hydrocodone for my back pain. When I stated it had been prescribed to me for around 10 months she stated it would have to be evaluated by a board (mind you I saw 4 other PCMs during the 10 months I was being prescribed it) I immediately stopped taking it and told my pain management specialist to stop prescribing it. Fast forward 4 weeks later (being at work only half of the days ) and I still have vertigo attacks multiple times a week lasting for 4 or more hours. I just saw an ENT who thinks I have an incurable disease called Menieres syndrome (seemed more likely to be the cause after a CT scan and other disorders being ruled out) and has ordered some tests for next week to determine if I do have it. I’m over 15 years in service and want to stay in till 20 but does anyone know how likely that option would be if the only way to manage my vertigo is to take time off from work or somewhat manage the symptoms with Valium? Wondering if trying to stay in would work against me if they medically discharge me anyway since Menieres has a minimum rating of 30% but with the frequency of my vertigo attacks I should get 100% if I end up being diagnosed with it
 

Xercease

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Additionally, due to my back problems I was potentially going to be put on a permanent walk test anyway. Also I know that Menieres is a rare disorder so not looking for just info on that but I the possibility of hurting myself rating wise should I try and stay in (not even sure it’s a possibility since there isn’t a cure and is listed as something that would make me non-deployable). Thanks for any and all comments.
 

Xercease

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Thanks for the reply gsfowler. When I have an vertigo attack I tend to have an unsteady gait that leans to the right. With that said would a disorder like Menieres be dischargeable on its own based on what most people have seen?
 

Badinfluence

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Hello all. I have been diagnosed with Meniere's since early 2017. I've gone through steroid injections, multiple CT scans, MRI's and had the sac surgery as well. My symptoms never improved. So I was reassigned to a training unit and the Docs here immediately began talking MEB. After all of the follow up appointments and second opinions I was referred for MEB on 28JAN19. I have never met another person with this condition so hopefully ya'll can help me out a bit. A little background. Daily episodes that last seconds to minutes. Roughly 3-5 big attacks a month. All documented. Currently my paperwork is on its way to VA for percentages.
1. What percentages did you get?
2. How has this condition affected some of you after your service?
 

Globe2280

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What if you aren’t having an attack during the c&p. I usually don’t have hearing loss or gait, when not having an attack?
 

Badinfluence

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As long as you are documented you’re ok. Every time I saw my PCM or when I went to ENT I told them of all kid the attack’s I’ve had since last time I’ve seen them
 

Globe2280

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Thanks for the prompt reply! How do I know they are documenting everything correctly ? My pcm said that said she needs me to the prognosis from my private ENT. One way she receives it, she will type a NARSUM. Is there anything at this point that I can do to ensure a smooth process? Someone told me that the front page of the package or so is super important for the rating.
 
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