DoDMERB misdiagnosis?

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  1. TacKLed

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    I was disqualified by DoDMERB because of Asthma, for which I dont have and am seeking a waiver for it, and History of Valvular Heart Disease.


    The last can't be possible seeing as how my heart is perfectly healthy and has always been. The doctor that did the medical exam thought he heard a heart murmur for which I got a remedial for and I went to some Caridologist and they checked me out and said that I was perfectly fine.

    I seriously don't even know what could have prompted that. Any insight?

    EDIT -
    So I searched these forums and found that it could be for a regurgitation but my cardiologist never said anything about a regurgitation.
     
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  2. Jcleppe

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    Has WP requested a waiver for the Valvular Heart Disease or just the Asthma.

    Did you receive the disqualification notice after the rededial was sent in for the Valvular Heart Disease.
     
  3. TacKLed

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    I never had heart disease or have it currently. The Admissions Recruiter that is doing my waiver only talked about the Asthma part.

    I got one remedial because the doctor thought I had a heart murmur. I did an ultrasound and EKG and my cardiologist told me I had a normal heart. Then I got another remedial right after that asking for all my medical records from age 10 which got to them yesterday and I got the DQ today.

    My Admissions person also told us to wait off before going to do a Pulmonary Function Test and another test until the West Point doctors got my records and went over it.
     
  4. Pima

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    Since you have 2 medical issues, are you positive the DQ wasn't for the asthma issue?
     
  5. TacKLed

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    It was the Asthma I am pretty sure. My admissions person never mentioned the other thing other then in an email she sent me telling about the DQ and the waiver she sent in.
     
  6. Pima

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    There is your answer. They have DQ'd for the asthma waiver, not heart issues. Sorry, but the decision is made, and the Army has said no at this time.

    There really isn't any way you can contest the DQ, DoDMERB is not the final authority, the Army is when it comes to waiver. It may be that was the reason why she said, wait on the Pulmonary. She may have known, off the record, not officially that most likely you would get the DQ for the asthma waiver, and it would not make sense to put you through it if the results from that waiver would be a DQ.
     
  7. TacKLed

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    I think something was missed in translation. I haven't gone through the waiver process yet. I just started it. The Army hasn't weighed in yet. West Point doesn't even have my med records yet. West Point or anybody has denied a waiver nor given me one yet.
     
  8. Packer

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    That was my interpretation of your post. The waiver process has been started but you don't have an answer yet.
    If your DQ is only for the asthma, the heart deal must no longer be an issue. I understand asthma is a tough one to get waived. Hope it works out for you. Good luck.
     
  9. Pima

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    Something was missed in translation.

    It seemed to me from your original post.
    That the waiver was already in the processing system for Asthma,once DQ'd they start up the process, not you. That was why I assumed, hit me with a wet spaghetti noodle, that the waiver was denied, and the Army officially DQ'd.

    I am now seeing that the waiver request has not been submitted or completed. It appears that this is the DQ for the heart issue, and just the official paperwork to start the waiver process for this DQ.

    Again, I was confused by your post because you stated you had already been informed that you were DQ'd for asthma and in the waiver process. I didn't realize they came down back to back and you had 2 going at 1 time. I read it as the heart was a remedial, the asthma was DQ, which would mean the process for asthma moved faster (straight into review) and heart would move slower (remedial, more remedial, than review). A DQ coming down that quickly after the recs. arriving led me to believe, esp. with your response it was asthma, that the decision was DQ for asthma from the waiver perspective.

    There should be a code stating exactly what the DQ is for re:asthma or heart.

    We can go round and round on this issue, but the reality is you need to be medically proactive now. You have 2 DQ's, and they are heart and lungs. I do not know your parent's health insurance program, but if they can afford it, I would go to a specialist, than submit this as back up for the boards.

    Bullet, was hit with scoliosis 6 months prior to commissioning after @4 yrs in AFROTC. DQ'd, lost his UNT rated slot, and chances for commissioning. DoDMERB stated he had a 23 degree curve, 21 was the limit. He had family history of this, his sister was one of the 1st in the nation to have the operation. They took him to that doc. The doc was profiled in every medical journal, but also Life, Time, People, etc. They did the x-ray, said it was 17 degree and the AF accepted it.
     
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  10. TacKLed

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    Alright, my bad. The waiver process just started. I'll just wait for some more info before wondering about what stuff means.

    I think DoDMERB might list all stuff that they see wrong then they give all the info for the Army to decide? I have nothing wrong with my heart as shown by the EKG and ultrasound but they put something down anyway so I'm guessing they just went by what the doctor thought he heard and leave it to the Army to use the EKG and ultrasound to clear me?

    Anyway, my admissions person has been good with relaying info so I'm sure I'll be alright since I don't have any issues and any additional tests they ask will prove it.
     
  11. Pima

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    You can worry about this until the moon turns blue, but it won't change the outcome.

    It is officially out of your hands.

    You need to plan for every option. Nobody, absolutely NOBODY here can give you an answer either way because nobody is sitting on the ARMY review board looking at your personal medical record.

    You must place faith into the future and accept what you can and cannot control.

    You control fighting for the waiver by submitting records to defend your medical status, you cannot control their decision once submitted.

    I know it is hard. I know you want and desire an answer, but like Snoopy on the doghouse over the food bowl, it won't happen any faster or in a positive result just because...

    We are all here for you. We all want the results to be positive. We all understand any and every frustration you are feeling at this time.

    Every best hope, thought and wish I can send you,
    Pima
     
  12. Aglahad

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    What kind of murmur (stage?) and heart valve disorder are we talking about (stenosis, insufficiency, or prolapse)? Any history of rheumatic fever or endocarditis (very unlikely for a young healthy kid)? There are quite a few types and even to a trained ear its hard to tell whats what without some follow up test. If a cardiologist cleared you I think I would trust his judgement obviously a lot more than a GP/Internist.

    Also, there are some murmurs particularly in kids that are not harmful at all.
     
  13. TacKLed

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    I dont have a murmur. An EKG and ultrasound cleared me. He said my heart was normal for an active 18 year old and it just made a noise when the blood was going through or something along those lines. I have never had rheumatic fever or endocarditis and the three things you listed never came up in the conversation when the cardiologist talked to us. The cardiologist said he has had multiple kids go through him that were getting checked out for military related stuff and that I was fine and good to go.
     
  14. Aglahad

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    Didn't say you had one, I was just curious to see what the GP heard and the cardiologist didn't. Turning in those test results from the cardiologist with the waiver should clear you. I was cleared for asthma and migraines after a few tests.
     
  15. mellowgator

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    waiver granted for asthma

    just wanted to tell you my daughter just got a waiver for her "asthma". we were told unofficially yesterday.

    so hang tight yours may be in the works as well.
     

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