Sleep paralysis waiver

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  1. Mat.Army

    Mat.Army New Member

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    I was labeled as disqualified by DODMERB on February 13, 2018 for past sleep paralysis. I was never officially diagnosed but showed symptoms in the fall of 2016. I still have not heard if a waiver will be requested on my behalf by USMA or USNA.

    Will I be notified if either party does not plan to request a waiver?
    Would an official statement form my doctor at this point be helpful for my case, or should I wait for a waiver to be requested?
    Should I be seriously worried at this point if a waiver will be requested? I have read they are common.
     
  2. GoCubbies

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    Who diagnosed you with sleep paralysis?

    Did you get tested for narcolepsy?

    What treatment did your receive?
     
  3. Mat.Army

    Mat.Army New Member

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    I was never tested or treated. On the DODMERB questionnaire I answered positively to having had past symptoms of sleep paralysis. I experienced symptoms in late 2016 and consulted my doctor who said it could be anything from lack of sleep, dehydration, or a growth spurt. The symptoms ended shortly after and have not arisen since.
     
  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Unless you have been MEDICALLY diagnosed, you shouldn't say YES to a question regarding a medical condition on the DoDMERB questionnaire. If you have a serious condition that you are unsure of, SEE A DOCTOR! Your good health is more important than passing DoDMERB.

    Speculative statements have no place on this document.
     
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  5. Mat.Army

    Mat.Army New Member

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    I answered yes on the questionnaire because it was stated as, "answer yes or no if you have either been diagnosed or experienced symptoms of___" . I wanted to be honest throughout my application process.
     
  6. GoCubbies

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    To answer your question directly, a note from your doctor would be very helpful if a waiver is requested for you. The note should state your symptoms and also date they started and ended. Statement should be clear that no specific treatment was provided and no definitive diagnosis. Also, I would have the doctor mention that you did not have symptoms (if doctor can truthfully say this) consistent with narcolepsy.

    This might be one of those that can be explained away in that while you had symptoms of sleep paralysis, those same symptoms could also be caused by other conditions that are benign.
     
  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    I don’t see why a simple consult to sleep medicine to rule out any sleep disorders is a problem. Your PCM can do that (probably without an office visit). The problem is you actually run the risk of confirming or being diagnosed with other sleep disorders.
     
  8. Goat 965

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    Great advice! My daughter had never been medically diagnosed but said yes to "symptoms of" and it got much more complicated than it needed have been. Be honest, but the medical diagnosis is key, IMHO
     
  9. Teragram

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    My DD just went through the same thing. Answered honestly to a question regarding minor skin irritation and it turned into a huge ordeal as if she had some major allergy (although nowhere in her medical records). We learned the hard way unless you have been diagnosed by a doctor and it appears in your medical records the answer is NO!
     
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