DQ'ed due to headaches

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  1. jmt

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    Our son received his nomination from our congressman here in Ohio. 4.0+ student is one of the best public High Schools in Ohio. But DODMERB has DQ'ed him due to taking med for headaches - no reoccurance for over a year.

    Anything we can do to improve his chance for a waiver? Meeting his doctor on the 18th.

    Thanks
     
  2. Pima

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    The question that came to my mind was you stated no re-occurance in yr., but was he on meds this past yr? How long was he on these meds or prescribed the meds?

    The prescription date is a player in the equation because even if he has not taken it in a yr., the docs still have him on the meds.

    You may not need to visit his doc., it may only require a phone conversation. Is his doc the DoDMERB doc? If he isn't, does he know what causes DoDMERB to DQ, and what they need to provide for a waiver? If not, you may need to be a liaison between the two, so your doc understands exactly what DoDMERB needs for a Q when it comes to their medical lingo.

    DoDMERB DQs, branches waive.
     
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    Pima - Thanks for the response.

    Our son has been taking a daily dose of verapamil as prescibed by his Dr. There was discussion of taking him of the verapamil over to see if he still needed the med, so that is an item we want to discuss with our Dr.

    I do not believe our Dr. has any relationship to DODMERB and I am collecting what information I can find on this to provide to him prior to our visit.

    You mentioned a liason between our Dr and DODMERB; who could act as that liason?

    Thanks.
     
  4. Pima

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    FWIW, I am not a doctor, but googling verapamil, I can see why they have concerns. It is used for also heart patients, and the side effects include:
    dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling, increased urination, fatigue, nausea, ecchymosis, galactorrhea, and constipation. Hence, why they now want a deeper look into his medical records/conditions.

    DoDMERB needs to consider all of the what ifs, including side effects and withdrawal, thus why they look at how long an applicant has been on the drug, especially after age 13.

    As I stated earlier, be the liaison, get informed on how to overcome this obstacle, and that may mean understanding both sides of the fence...DoDMERB and hometown doc, and you are the one to be the one that acts as a liaison.

    Beware, due to privacy law issues, as soon as your DS turns 18, he is a legal adult and by law they will probably shut you out in this matter, so it is best he starts getting involved now.

    Keep remembering DoDMERB DQs, branches waive, this fear/concern might all be for naught. His issue may be waived next week.

    OBTW, quick way to verify if your doc is DoDMERB? Call and ask him.
     
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    Tnx
     
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    Doing further research found the below:

    Generally the Navy will not waive the following conditions (conditions listed in COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8J);

    ■Headaches, recurrent, severe, which require prescription medication or interfere with daily activity.

    Is this check and mate or if our son is an otherwise good candidate will USNA request a waiver?

    Wanting to be proactive but not sure what to do.
     
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    The branch will request the waiver. Waivers are like pregnancies... each and every one is different and a case by case scenario. Do not jump to conclusions. just get your medical paperwork in order and go through the process.
     

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