Possible MEB TBIs/ MIGRAINES

Fins&Feathers87

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Good morning,

I have a few questions hoping somebody with more knowledge can shed some light on the my specific situation. I am in the 82nd airborne division I have been infantry for the past 6 years, and just recently re-classed to 15 tango Blackhawk mechanic. The infantry has taken it’s toll on me physically. I have two documented TBI‘s from jumping and chronic migraines between one and two severe headaches a week. I have been seeing the neurologist at the TBI clinic here on Fort Bragg, The TBIs occurred back in 2016 and the headaches are not getting any better. I have exactly 12 months left on my contract, I also have three herniated disc‘s shown on a MRI and was offered a med board from the surgeon. Being a Blackhawk Mechanic and back issues as well as migraines being around turbine engines all day, don’t go together. I have been in and out of the TBI clinic since 2016, And I have been seeing the neurologist for the past seven months and the headaches are not getting any better is this something that I could possibly be Med boarded for Because it’s becoming extremely hard to do my job. If so I’m also not sure if it would benefit me more to go the MEB route or Va route?

My condition’s are

TBIs w/ Migranes X2
L5S1 Herniated Disc W/ DDD/DJD
L4 herniated Disc W/ DDD/DJD
Chronic lower back pain since 2016
 

oddpedestrian

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Its up to you but I would if the provider offered to do it otherwise make sure to do your pre-discharge claim

 

heathro1281

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@Fins&Feathers87 Since you are Army, my experience will be of little help, but at least I can offer some kind of info.... I am USAF, my Migraines were only found unfitting due to my treatment being 2 medications that aren't consistent with being world wide qualified and Botox injections every 12 weeks that aren't capable of being supplied while deployed. I was found unfit due to not being a deployable asset for Migraines (among other conditions that compounded my non-deployability and non-retainability).
 

heathro1281

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To be clear, my Migraines alone was not an unfitting condition, it was my plan of treatment.
 

amylynn2113

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@heathro1281 late to the forum, but was your MEB only for your migraines? I am in the same situation, but also have some back and neck issues that are incorporated in my NARSUM but figure my migraines are what will weigh heaviest in my rating. Just trying to gauge where I could possibly be at for my military rating.
 

heathro1281

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@amylynn2113 Lets separate a few things:
I went into the MEB because I had a profile for PT for too long due to shoulders and knees … that was my trigger.
My major claims during the MEB were PTSD, Migraines and my muscular/skeletal conditions.
I was found unifitting for the knees and shoulders due to the length and prognosis that I probably wont be getting better and Migraines because of the required shots and medications that can not be offered while deployed.
My PTSD was found to be FIT and not rated by the DoD.
My largest VA proposed ratings are 50% PTSD, 30% Migraines and more
 
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