PEs found upcoming MEB

Marks

Registered Member
Hello,
I am new to the forum and was recently diagnosed with PEs in both lungs. The incident occurred while down range and was confirmed by CT following MEDEVAC back to Germany. I am currently taking Coumadin and hematology recommends 6 months with life long given my twin brother was medically retired for clots and there is family history. With that being said, all of my blood work came back negative for factor v etc. What are the chances that I am found unfit given this is the first incident with PEs?
 

Odiemus

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If it is found to be a chronic issue with no chance of being controlled at a reasonable level they will most likely find you unfit.

If you don't have the bloodwork, but have the symptoms and diagnosis (emphasis on diagnosis), they can proceed. My medboard was held for a year while awaiting a formal diagnosis from offbase. I was found 100% within 6 months of diagnosis.
 

Marks

Registered Member
If it is found to be a chronic issue with no chance of being controlled at a reasonable level they will most likely find you unfit.

If you don't have the bloodwork, but have the symptoms and diagnosis (emphasis on diagnosis), they can proceed. My medboard was held for a year while awaiting a formal diagnosis from offbase. I was found 100% within 6 months of diagnosis.
Thanks for the input, my hematology doctor gave me the following diagnosis: Diagnosis: Saddle embolus of pulmonary artery without acute cor pulmonale and recommended life long anticoagulant. With 17 years active Air Force is this a 6 months and done type thing
 

Odiemus

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With 17 years active Air Force is this a 6 months and done type thing
I can't tell you honestly. If you can deploy and do your job and the medications (I am assuming pills) will prevent any life threatening/debilitating occurances, then you stand a good chance of being found fit or at least appealing to be found fit. Your commander's letter can have an impact either way, but ultimately it will be up to the board. I can tell you that some of the things taken into consideration are how debilitating it is and how likely it is to get worse.

EDIT: I know how rough it can be to be so uncertain when going through the process. Hang in there!
 

Marks

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I can't tell you honestly. If you can deploy and do your job and the medications (I am assuming pills) will prevent any life threatening/debilitating occurances, then you stand a good chance of being found fit or at least appealing to be found fit. Your commander's letter can have an impact either way, but ultimately it will be up to the board. I can tell you that some of the things taken into consideration are how debilitating it is and how likely it is to get worse.

EDIT: I know how rough it can be to be so uncertain when going through the process. Hang in there!
Does anybody know if you have multiple pulmonary embolism in your lungs does that count as one episode. I noticed that people are being rated on the number of Dvts etc.
 

Marks

Registered Member
Hello,
I am new to the forum and was recently diagnosed with PEs in both lungs. The incident occurred while down range and was confirmed by CT following MEDEVAC back to Germany. I am currently taking Coumadin and hematology recommends 6 months with life long given my twin brother was medically retired for clots and there is family history. With that being said, all of my blood work came back negative for factor v etc. What are the chances that I am found unfit given this is the first incident with PEs?
Just found out that a note stating Possible service DQ condition No MEB required is anontated in my medical record does anyone know what this mean.
 

Odiemus

Registered Member
From the sound of it, it seems like it is disqualifying and there is no need for a full medboard. Not sure how that would go.
 

Marks

Registered Member
Active Air Force with 17 years in and just started MEB. I believe I will recieve a code 37 once my package is sent to AFPC. My question is, will the code 37 make me ineligible to enter my extension starting 25 June 2018? If so is there anything I can do? I extended to take my current assignment but haven't entered the extension period.
 

Manfrommindanao

Registered Member
I’m in Coumadin, currently on med board my
PCM said it’s automatic disqualified but we will wait until the military will say no, the big one up on dc
 

Padgettra

PEB Forum Veteran
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Active Air Force with 17 years in and just started MEB. I believe I will recieve a code 37 once my package is sent to AFPC. My question is, will the code 37 make me ineligible to enter my extension starting 25 June 2018? If so is there anything I can do? I extended to take my current assignment but haven't entered the extension period.
Marks, Sorry to hear of your PEs and at least LRMC diagnosed yours for I was Air Evacuated from Qatar to there and back to duty in May of 2010. When I returned home after finishing the 6 month tour, I was on Coumadin for 6 months also and it was for DVT (yet I actually had PEs that were not diagnosed at LRMC). Was released then had severe PEs with saddle. Then was treated for 12 months of Coumadin and released back to drill status in Air National Guard. All my test were negative of blood issues so this was a travel induced event by all accounts. I advocated that all of the previous occurrences were actually one long event and was provided a ALC and was retained. Then in July 2015, I had another occurrence of DVT and PE and have been on Xeralto for life ever since. Your odds of having more clots is higher after you have had clots. ANG Medical said I would be discharged this time because the condition was chronic and anticoagulants for life. Went to VA on my own and was rated 60% PE, 10% for each DVT and 10% tinnitus due to flight line exposure while enlisted. I am now waiting on my DOD percentage and a new VA percentage as I go through the Medical IDES process. Make sure your LOD includes the PE because that is where the 60% VACP rating is at. My LOD was written as single DVT and did not include the PE, yet I have hope that the Medical board rates the condition appropriately for the DOD rating. Congrats on being a survivor of PE and enjoy life to the fullest as you process through the system.
 

Marks

Registered Member
Thanks for the info. I am going back through the process now as I was return to duty with a C2 code initially. My MEB paperwork now indicates life long coumadin. Will that be an automatic unfit rating from the PEB?
 

Padgettra

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Thanks for the info. I am going back through the process now as I was return to duty with a C2 code initially. My MEB paperwork now indicates life long coumadin. Will that be an automatic unfit rating from the PEB?
Marks, not sure in every case, yet that is what happened in mine. I had a ALC for no OCONUS unless medical facilities were available. After the second occurrence in 2015 of PE all the private and military doctors said blood thinners ( Xarelto (rivaroxaban)) for life, so that is when the LOD MED separation started. Xarelto is great compared to coumadin if you can take it and if the doctors will prescribe it! No blood test every 2 to 3 days and food does not effect your medications. Just my opinion. Try to get a ALC to make it to 20 years of service if possible because that will help with concurrent pay when you reach 60 (or your promise date if you have any deductions from 60). Best of luck.
 

trini123

Registered Member
Question for those who have already retired.

1. If the PEB finds you unfit, they FWD your case to the VA then back to the PEB and they publish your findings to your local VA reps?
2. Does the PEB comes back with a retirement date if found unfit (I'm Navy)?
3. You found out your VA and DOD rating while still in the military right?
4. I was told by my PEBLO that there is no notification that ones case is moved from the PEB to the VA. I figure I will just look and see if and when my claims on E-benifits move from gathering info to preparing for decision I was found UNFIT!!

I started the MED process 10 DEC 2018 and it was sent to the PEB today.
 
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