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bokscarracer
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   Posted 12/11/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
so my gi doc is somewhat new and he and the attending doctor diagnosed me with uc back in 2006. i went to see my primary care doc recently and mentioned that i had uc and she said she's surprised i haven't been med boarded out yet. she told me that as far as she's aware of the regs that uc is an automatic out. i looked at the air force regs and sure enough that is what's written. i don't want to ask my gi doc about it because maybe he just doesn't know (but i would think that at least the attending doc would've known) and i really want to make it to 20 or more. i'm at 9 years now (active duty) and currently getting paid to go to nursing school by the air force on a commissioning scholarship so i definitely don't want to get ousted right now. i know they're worried about deployments and the chance that if something were to happen they'd have to spend a lot of money to replace me. i was deployed for five months to afghanistan in 07 and did just fine (i think it was all the sunflower seeds i ate from all the care packages!). do any of you familiar with the air force med board process know if uc is definitely an automatic out? i read the army regs and they say that as long as the uc is manageable and responding well to meds one can stay in. maybe the gi docs are allowed to bend the rules a bit and let someone stay in as long as they are faring well? thanks for your time!


Proctosigmoiditis up to 25 cm
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Rowasa enemas nightly
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/11/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Every service is different, in fact, part of it depends on your job. I think that getting that nursing degree will help you, and if nothing else you could switch over to Army, especially since you successfully deployed after your dx and your disease is under control.
You might also want to see the posts by MemphisMarine and fuzypants. 


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fuzypants26
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   Posted 12/11/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the Air National Guard. I think active duty may be different. However, I am on an active duty tour, but I am currently world wide qualified. I am a med tech so the information is readily available. For our process I was disqualified for a year as soon as I was diagnosed. I was unable to perform any military duty. They gave me 1 year to get the disease under control. I was unsuccessful. I was still flaring, probably because of the stress of the situation. I was 10 years in at that point. So we sent my package to the guard powers that be in D.C. and they reviewed the info. It was letters from supervisors, employers, etc... stating how UC has not been a problem in my performance. There was a current scope, and labs. They denied it. They put me in a position that could only TDY stateside for 3 years. That meant I had to fing a job that is non-deployable, which are few and far between these days. I stayed in medical as the training manager. Then we resubmitted a new scope and info at the 3 year point, and it came back approved. So I am still a med tech holding my breath till the next go around. Which is 2011 for me. I have to submit a full package again.
I am fairly certain when you go before the board you have the right to appeal their decision. I am assuming you are in remission at this point????
My e-mail is attached. I am TDY until the 18th od Dec. If you have anymore questions feel free to e-mail me. I would love to talk to a fellow AF member.
Take care.
 
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Diagnosed with moderate UC in 2002
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bokscarracer
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   Posted 12/11/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks a lot fuzypants (wow how silly does that sound saying it out loud? :) ) yeah i read the comments about how maybe those in the medical field get treated a bit differently when it comes to med boards. i was a surgical tech before so don't know if that had anything to do with it. i did mention to my gi doc that i only have a year left of nursing school so that i just have to contain my uc until then. at least i'd have that degree and it would all be paid for if indeed they gave me the boot! as far as transferring to the army, that's a big negative. i had the pleasure of working with them for 3 years in germany. i have much respect for what they do but after 9 years of being spoiled by the chair force it would be too much of a change. plus my wife would never go for it. yeah i have no idea why they didn't disqualify me after being diagnosed. it was actually about a month before i got deployed. right now i seem to be getting over a flare. wow that has to suck to have to keep putting those packages in. i'm sure you have enough paperwork to do!
Proctosigmoiditis up to 25 cm
Colazal 3 caps 3 times a day
Canasa suppository for lunch (for my butt)
Rowasa enemas nightly
Celexa 20mg daily
Fish oil, milk thistle, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri, Alive multivitamin, lysine, bee propolis
Spinach and sunflower seed diet


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
well the VA could be convinced to help you complete your degree if nothing else...
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Crohniac
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all! I am here for some advice. I am a member of the Air National Guard and I have just been started in the MEB process. This forum is the first I have found with positive info regarding being able to stay in the military after a diagnosis of Crohn's. My diagnosis was 2.5 years ago and shortly after that I underwent a rt. hemicholectomy. I am symptom free and only on one medication: B12 nasal spray for B12 deficiency due to removal of terminal ileum. My last fitness test score was a 100 and I have not missed any work since my surgery for any reason. I feel great and I am scared that all of that won't matter and I will still be booted because I could flare at any time. Any advice?? shocked

fuzypants26
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   Posted 2/14/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Crohniac! Welcome to the forum. I have been through the MEB process a few times, and I work in the MEB process, so I could talk to you if you like. My e-mail is available on the left icon. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail and I can give you any help I have. Best of luck to you!! turn
Diagnosed with moderate UC in 2002
Still serving 14 years in the Air National Guard
Colozal 750mgx3, 3 times a day; Entocort 9mg a day; Prenatal vitamin; Omega 3; B-12; Milk Thistle; Selenium; Vitamin C; Zinc; ; Nightly Rowasa and Culturelle
 

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