I have heard from several people that the Air Force had been cracking down on individuals that are using Botox for migraines. I know 2 people who are being newly MEBd for having to use botox for migraines. Anyone have any insight on this?
I wasn't fortunate enough to be one of those people. I tried several meds with no success then two sessions of Botox and they never mentioned anything about MEB to me. This was all just last year. I started the Botox in July and had my last session in October because it wasn't helping me. I have an Airman I work with that just started it like a month ago and they haven't mentioned anything an MEB for them.
I am undergoing MEB for botox for migraine headaches now. I've been getting injections since 2006. PCM said I should've been boarded 12 years ago but slipped through the cracks. The only reason it was brought to my PCM's attention was because I asked if I was deployable on botox and was told no. I was then profiled and the DAWG forwarded me on for an MEB (because I need botox to remain stable to do my job). Still in the early stages of the MEB so I don't have any other info right now.
Yes, I promoted, even commissioned through a commissioning program while on botox. I disclosed every year on my PHA that I had chronic migraines, treated with botox, and I was even getting the botox tx's during my time in the commissioning program.
This is true, they are cracking down due to the non deployment of people who use botox to manage migraines. I am currently not deployable and they started me on Topamax and Aimovig. Suppose to stop migraines but I just recently had to still go in for the magic cocktail and put on quarters. I am still new into the med board process and was never offered Botox for managing them but the DAWG decided back in july/august to send me up for a med/peb evaluation.
I know this is an old thread, but I've been getting botox for probably 7 years now, and it's never once been mentioned to me that I would be non-deployable, nor has an MEB been mentioned (until last week, but it was for another issue...). My PCM is the one who gives me the BOTOX injections too....should I be concerned?
This is strange to me, because the Army see Botox as a way to make migraine suffer's deploy-able. Since a injection series last 3 months, and cold chain medications are relatively easy for BDE level Med ("Charlie Med") because that's how they get their mandatory vaccines and other things anyways. The Air Force requires such a larger deployed foot print that it really makes no sense for them not to be able to provide and use Botox in a deployed setting.