PTSD/Fibro IRLO

theunknowntoby

Active Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Hello all, my first post here, but I have been reading and responding to a few posts since the topic of a MEB was brought up by my provider. I was diagnosed with PTSD and Fibromyalgia in 2017 (tried to avoid going to Dr., but wife finally made me realize I needed help). I was recently referred to the DAWG and now in the IRLO stage. My NARSUM covered both conditions, but the DAWG only referred me for the PTSD. My PEBLO told me I was not "worked up enough." I was diagnosed by a Rheumatologist and have been seen at Pain management for over a year and a half. I have had an extensive work up from Neurology to include an EMG needle test and nerve conduction test. I was diagnosed with Benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS). I guess I don't understand how if the provider included the Fibro in the NARSUM that the DAWG did not include it as well. Anyone have any input?
 

Fibrogirl

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
I think it was a typo to not include it. Fibromyalgia is definitely an unfitting diagnosis. I would fight it for it to be added to the IRILO or send it back to the DAWG. May prolong the process but it’ll be beneficial to you in the long run. Good luck!!
 

theunknowntoby

Active Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Thank you Fibrogirl. The Nurse Practitioner for the IRILO board would not include it. I am currently attending a 8 week long class on Fibro put on by Clinical Psychology that she said is mandatory. I was told I needed to complete that prior to Fibro being included. My package is currently up at NGB awaiting their determination on the PTSD. PEBLO told me that in her experience, that I would be a full MEB; whereas, I am being told by my folks on the Air National Guard side not to worry about it.
 

heathro1281

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Thank you Fibrogirl. The Nurse Practitioner for the IRILO board would not include it. I am currently attending a 8 week long class on Fibro put on by Clinical Psychology that she said is mandatory. I was told I needed to complete that prior to Fibro being included. My package is currently up at NGB awaiting their determination on the PTSD. PEBLO told me that in her experience, that I would be a full MEB; whereas, I am being told by my folks on the Air National Guard side not to worry about it.
The reason to not necessarily worry about your PTSD is that while it does warrant a MEB, it is usually found Fitting by the IPEB ( I am rated at 50% and found fit for PTSD, unfit for other things). Unless your PTSD has symptoms unfit for duty (suicidal ideations, violent aggressive outbursts, requires constant care by others, etc) it will most like get rated then found fitting.
 

Fibrogirl

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Mandatory Fibromyalgia class?! What the hell is that?! That’s asinine!
 

Fibrogirl

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Where r u stationed? A lot of people don’t believe in fibromyalgia. Did a rheumatologist diagnose you?!
 

theunknowntoby

Active Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
I am here at JBSA-Lackland. Rheumatology did diagnose me 2 years ago and have been under the care of Neurology and pain management. I never heard of the class till my PEBLO told me that the Nurse Practitioner in the MEB office told me I was required to go. That was what she said was why it was not referred to MEB. It has been frustrating
 

Fibrogirl

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Well, your rheumatologist needs to be informing his patients of said class from now on...but they, like everyone, except for this one specific MEB person, are probably unaware it exists. So Stupid!!
 

theunknowntoby

Active Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
I received this message after I requested an IMR to include Fibro as a referred condition.


I have reviewed your case in my capacity as IMR, specifically your statements regarding your fibromyalgia. After a review of your full MEB documents, your ASIMS profile history and your AHLTA medical records, I have come to a determination of non-concurrence with the MEB as written.
Specifically, this is a non-concurrence regarding the non-inclusion of fibromyalgia in your board package. Your PEBLO should be able to advise you as to the next steps from this point.


I read that as fibro will be added and my Meb will have to start over? Anyone else have any inputs? PEBLO is on leave for a while so no information coming from her.
 

Fibrogirl

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
I read it with that conclusion, as well. Pretty much it will start over...sorry. Fingers crossed for 40% if you’re unable to be treated with meds or therapy, like I was. It sucks but at least you’re retired.
 

theunknowntoby

Active Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
I have tried every traditional medicine they have including gabapentin, cymbalta, and lyrica. None have helped and Lyrica had some weird side effects. BAMC pain management said they could not offer any other meds besides some THC derivative? Either way, I had wanted Fibro included on my referred conditions, so hopefully it works out. Not happy about starting over as this has almost been going on a year now.
 

Fibrogirl

Well-Known Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Yuck! Mine took just at 13 months from diagnosis to retirement date. Sorry for such a long trip but it’ll be worth it in the end!
They had to put Cymbalta on my allergy list...got too many side effects and no pain relief. It’s the only med they tried plus Physical Therapy. Nothing helped. Good luck!! 40% looks like it’s coming your way!!
 
data-matched-content-ui-type="image_stacked" data-matched-content-rows-num="3" data-matched-content-columns-num="1" data-ad-format="autorelaxed">
Top