eosinophilic esophagitis

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  1. pinkmom

    pinkmom New Member

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    16 year old just diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis- an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus most likely related to food allergies or environmental allergies. Treated with course of topical steroids Healthy otherwise except for a little bit of hay fever in summer and fall. Heart set on Navy- either officer or enlisted
    Anybody out there with experience with this problem or any DOMERB rules for this condition?
    Thanks
     
  2. sheriff3

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    For consideration to be an officer one must pass the DoDMERB phyiscal, for enlisted it goes through MEPS. It may sound crazy but one may DQ for this condition and the other may pass or waive the condition. Google DoDMERB, they have a help desk #800. I would ask them the question you posted. If going enlisted then your recruiter will be your best source of information. Good luck.
     
  3. Pima

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    +1 sheriff
    You are best to contact the DoDMERB help desk, but it may be a problem if you have yet to take the physical.

    The one thing that is confusing me is the conflicting info.
    You then follow it with
    If a little bit of hay fever is causing this severe of an issue, than I wouldn't classify it as a little bit. Or are you saying on top of food or environmental allergies he also has hay fever?

    Food allergies can be a bigger issue than one might think, and it can immediately give him a DQ, and place him in the waiver process.

    Get all of his medical paperwork in order, going all the way back to when he was 13.
     
  4. falconchic88

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    According to DodMerb, this condition is a disqualifying condition
    Here is link to DQs: (This is on page 10)
    https://dodmerb.tricare.osd.mil/DisqualificationCodes.aspx

    But as others have said, Contacting DODMERB is best bet.
     
  5. pinkmom

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    Thanks for the information-helpful
    Lots more of EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis) out there than recognized and unfortunately it sounds like could be a disqualifying condition
     
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    To the OP,
    I have had a history of EE and I am currently a 3/C MIDN in NROTC medically qualified by DoDMERB. My case differs slightly but I will share my experience. In my case I was diagnosed at age 12, eliminated my food allergies for four years then retested them to find that I grew out my allergies and was asymptomatic. I then had my doctor write up a statement saying I should never experience symptoms again and that I am in excellent overall health. I was found qualified without even needing a waiver just a remedial for more information. This was before DoDMERB listed EE specifically as a disqualifying condition, however, so take with a grain of salt. In my experience the important thing was that I no longer had dietary restrictions and my EE didn't give me any other issues. I was also never given steroids. Obviously go through the process as anything is possible (I never thought I was going to be medically qualified) and definitely have as many supporting documents as possible.
     

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