Asthma

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  1. JakeD

    JakeD Member

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    I am in the process of completing the online forms to start my process for the DodMERB physical. As a little kid, I had asthma. I haven't had a problem since I was about 12 years old. I kept my prescription up in case I did have problems, but like I said...no issues since then. Is there anything I can do to show I have had no problems? I'm expecting a disqualification because of it, but I'd like to try and head one off if I can. I'm just thinking if I can get some sort of letter from my doctor stating I have not had an active episode since I was 12 it might help. Thanks.
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    In your post you said that you have kept up on your prescriptions. Does this mean that you are currently getting a perscription for Asthma medication.

    I would definatly get all the information from your doctor, the issue may be that you are still being prescribed Asthma medication. It would be different if you had not been perscribed medication since you were 12, it could be an uphill battle now.
     
  3. Pima

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    I agree with Jcleppe, the fact that the prescription is current can become an issue.

    Don't freak yet, just be prepared for the issue. Get every single piece of medical documentation on hand so IF the DQ letter arrives, you are not running on emotions preparing to show why you should get a waiver.

    Take the time now when you are level headed to have everything in order for the JIC.

    I would also suggest you take the time to go through the bowels of this DoDMERB forum.

    Here are some threads
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=24034
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=23028
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=22677
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=22232
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=21745

    As you can see after reading these threads, that it can be waived, but it is a case by case situation. I posted the threads because I believe you know your medical issue better than us, it is your life, and with knowledge you can plot your course of action. OBTW none of these threads are over a yr old.

    Good luck
     
  4. JakeD

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    Thank you. Since I have not had my physical yet, should I try to bring some sort of letter to explain and give it to the doctor doing my physical...or is that a waste of time and just get my documentation ready for a disqualification when it comes.
     
  5. JakeD

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    Jcleppe-The prescription is for an inhaler not a daily medication, and I got 1 every year and a half or so. I think the last time I had a prescription for an inhaler filled was about 2 years ago, so I haven't been prescribed anything since then. My parents wanted me to have it on hand at school in case I had a problem and when they expired, my Mom would ask the doctor for a new one.
     
  6. Pima

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    JakeD, the problem is you were prescribed an inhaler after the age that would not start the ball rolling.

    Nobody can prove that you ever or never used it, thus they most likely as you read:
    will look further into your records. It may be a remedial, which may than include more testing to prove you are okay. If you got an inhaler filled when you were 15, you fall under what I just quoted does not meet the standards.

    There is no need to bring a letter to this 1st exam, you were under medical supervision and you filled the prescription at 15 or so, it is in your records. Again, your doc cannot swear that you never once used the inhaler, all he can attest to is he prescribed it.

    Be prepared to jump for the moon if you don't get a DQ, jump for joy if they allow you to start the waiver process and/or ask for a remedial. Otherwise, it is all out of your hands now except for getting your records in order now. I can't tell you what to do, but you know it is there on your records as Asthma after you were 13, you can see in the threads I posted over and over again the same reg.

    Just me, but if I were you I would look back in the links I provided and start asking about the spirometer test that is used for this medical issue regarding remedial and waivers.
     
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  7. JakeD

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    Thanks Pima

    I looked through the links you gave me. I guess I will just wait and see what happens. My Mom is ordering all the copies of my medical records right now. I guess it takes about a month to get them. I know that there is no way a doctor can say that I haven't used my inhaler; only that I haven't been seen for symptoms or problems. I was just hoping that if I had my records or something there, it might help. Thanks for your advice.
     

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