Possible Med Board Evaluation Question

Xercease

Registered Member
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

Registered Member
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

Registered Member
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?
 
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