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    My MH Timeline

    Thanks @chaplaincharlie. I contacted the AF Wounded Warrior Program rep and she said I'm not eligible until formally entered into the DES, just FYI in case anyone else is curious. Update: 27 Sept 19: Initial DAWG Review, tabled till Oct 19 25 Oct 19: Second DAWG Review 5 Nov 19: Contacted Wg...
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    Commander's letter feedback/next steps

    This is what I've drafted for my comments: Though I acknowledge Lt Col XXXX's comments and observations, I respectfully disagree with his assessment. I have provided comments below, and for readability and reference, have included these same comments in memorandum format to accompany the rest...
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    Commander's letter feedback/next steps

    Good morning all, I've mentioned this before in a previous post and would like to bring it up again, now that I have the letter in hand and waiting for my signature. I was referred for possible MEB by the DAWG late last year for mental health and associated medication. For some background, I'm...
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    My MH Timeline

    Good morning. I was referred to the DAWG last fall due to a certain medication (Lamictal/lamotrigine, anti-convulsant and mood stabilizer) for mental health reasons. I wish to be found unfit, due to worsening mental and physical conditions, but was only referred for MH. Didn't want to jinx it...
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    @Rascle_08 That's all situation dependent. There are a number of options that the DAWG has and you may not even be contacted by anyone if they decide to return you to duty. I have an annual IRILO for mild asthma every Jan, and they never contact me after. Really depends on the DAWG's decisions...
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    Independent Medical Review (IMR

    I was just wondering the same thing. For Air Force people, before official IDES enrollment and during the IRILO process, is there a similar way to get potentially unfitting conditions added? I was referred for mental health only and am considering getting copies of my medical records to submit...
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    I hear ya. At this point though, I feel like a drain on the system due to my restrictions and the amount of money being spent on medical care for me. Best to just stop warming a seat, I think.
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    DOD Memo Clinical Practice Guidance for Deployment-Limiting Mental Disorders and Psychotropic Medications has a policy regarding deployment disqualification for certain medicine types, anti-convulsants being one of those types. Lamictal is an anti-convulsant. I'd say that, especially given the...
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    Hah, well, it's easy to remember what you don't want to take when they either make you sleep for 16 hours a day or mess with certain organs
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    @redkel I was started on Zoloft some years ago which worked horribly for me (EXTREME fatigue/sleepiness, increased depression, others), went to Lexapro which worked for a while until my symptoms worsened. Psych upped the dosage and the symptoms went ahead but I went full zombie and had severe...
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    Good stuff, congrats. I'm waiting for my commander's impact statement and the NARSUM. Might take a while since one of my providers is off base.
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    Thanks, you too! Has AFPC decided to move forward with MEB for you?
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    I’m going through the process right now. Actually just finished up my NARSUM appointment with the psychiatrist about five minutes ago. I’ll let you know how it turns out once AFPC makes a decision.
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    Help - Disagreement w/ Commander's Impact Statement

    Hah, I don't think I'll have any trouble with that. She's very...frank.
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    Help - Disagreement w/ Commander's Impact Statement

    Update: spoke with my First Sergeant and got the command's POV, which is exactly what @redkel said. I explained my perspective as suggested and, though the commander most likely won't budge on his recommendation, I'm calling my counselor to request a letter and am getting another from my...
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    MEB For Required Medications due to Cyclothymia

    I was referred to the DAWG late last year, which proceeded to order an IRILO, for the same medication. I am very curious as to how this will turn out, considering Lamictal has been the most effective med for me by far. Keep us in the loop!
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    Help - Disagreement w/ Commander's Impact Statement

    That's exactly what I mean. I think I'll call my therapist tomorrow and see if she'd be willing to quickly whip up a letter for me to give to the NARSUM doc, or contact my PEBLO. Thanks. DODI 6490.07 lists anti-convulsants as one of the medications precluding contingency deployment, and the...
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    Help - Disagreement w/ Commander's Impact Statement

    I was prescribed lamotrigine (Lamictal), an anti-seizure medication that I was prescribed as a mood stabilizer and which is incompatible with military service, according to DOD and AF regs. Taking any anti-convulsant automatically triggers a medical review. In addition, I require...
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    Help - Disagreement w/ Commander's Impact Statement

    Thanks Russ. I'm also seeing an off-base MH provider; do you think it would be beneficial for me to ask her for a letter to send to my PEBLO? I've also already prepared my rebuttal comments for the 1185.
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    Help - Disagreement w/ Commander's Impact Statement

    Good morning, and thanks to whoever reads. Air Force here. I was just informed that my unit commander, after asking me to draft my CC impact letter, intends to disagree with what I wrote and revise it to recommend a "retain" determination. I did meet with him some weeks ago and informed him of...
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