Possible medical chapter 5-17 due to chronic knee/back pain

portnergm

Registered Member
Hello I am specialist in the US Army and I've been in the service about 3 years now and I'm seeking some advice.

My pain started in my left knee almost 2 years ago, not long after arrival at my unit. The pain feels like it is inside my knee. I went and got seen for it and have been put on medications and physical therapy for it but nothing seems to help. After about 6 months of continued repeated treatment they decided to write me a permanent profile and call it a day, the profile limited me to run only 2 miles with a 48 hour recovery period and I was not to run on the PT Test. The goal was to hope that I would "get better" due to the lack of high impact on my knee.

Months down the road my limp and my pain has risen and only gotten worse over time, I have been escalated from basic pain killers to Mobic and muscle relaxers sometimes. I have also been having lower back and hip pain due to the fact that I limp so much and so badly, they sent me to a chiropractor about my lower back and hip and I have to see them once ever week or 2 weeks. I've reached the point I can maybe run a few minutes without worsening it and most days I can't even go up stairs without excruciating pain, I had to quit trying to do leg workouts because it only made it worse, I've fallen out of ruck marches and other strenuous events due to the issue.

I recently started going back due to the worsening condition and they found a fibrous lesion on my femur in my knee and my doctor says "that isn't the cause of your pain, and that I'm going to give you another month to recover and if you don't you're getting medically chaptered"

I'm not saying the fibrous is the cause of my pain but can it be ruled out so easily if I've had these problems worsening for so long?

I've done some research on chapter 5-17 (the code he would chapter me under) and from what I have seen it seems to relate to a lot of issues that aren't caused by the military but I never had these problems before in my life. I know it isn't mental because it hurts worse doing high impact/strenuous activity.

I'm looking to speak to a legal representative and ask for a referral to see a orthopedic specialist and I wanted some advice on what to do/say or who I should talk to about my options.
 

oddpedestrian

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
5-17 is an admin medical chapter it lets you know that he thinks your full of shit you have to contact the patient advocate ASAP they are located at every hospital and clinic and demand to see the orthopedic specialist.
 

portnergm

Registered Member
I'll have to look into finding them, thanks for the info. I just don't want to get screwed over because Ive been dealing with this for too long not to get the actual help I need.
 

portnergm

Registered Member
Figure I'd give an update on my situation.

I went and seen the patient advocate but he sent me back to the clinic saying I had to speak with the NCOIC first. I explained to him what was going on and asked to see a specialist. A captain decided to but in on the conversation and said somethings to me I'd never say to another human being in my life. I ended up just leaving because of what the doctor had said to me, I had a scanagram done recently and they found my left leg is shorter than my right. I'm still going to go back and fight to see a specialist but I'm going to report what that doctor had said to me. I hope no one ever has to be talked to like that by him again.
 

portnergm

Registered Member
To give an update on my situation:

I am no longer receiving a 5-17, after a referral to a PT they found out my left leg is shorter than my right. Specifically my left femur. They have given me inserts but still don't think I am going to recover, I am also getting tested for a possible TBI from my last car accident due to memory issues and blackouts. I was asked if anyone had started a MEB yet but said no, they made me get a appointment for the next available time/date after stating that so I don't know what the plan is right now. I appreciate all the help so far.
 
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