What to expect next?

Almost_Separated

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#1
On April 28th I was placed on code 37, and on May 4th my profile updated to reflect the change. I spoke with my PCM this week about what was next and she said she didn't know. After spending a few days reading through these forums I have a few questions:

1. Is the NARSUM next? And if so, what part do I have in it?

2. When do I hear from the Peblo people?

3. Where does the Commander's letter fall in place in this process? Is it my SQ Commander or Flight Commander? Do I help write this letter?

4. My initial MEB claim is for "muscle weakness," but I have't been able to get a dead set diagnoses on this condition over the last 18 months. So far I have seen 8 specialists and none of them have an answer to my condition. Some of them have alluded to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I haven't actually been diagnosed with it. I do meet 7 of the symptoms but it seems as though I can't find a doctor who is familiar with the condition. My next step is to see a neuropsychologist in a month or sooner, but the MEB process could be moving along by then. Essentially what I am asking is how would they rate an undiagnosed condition?
 

Kaily

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#2
Hi, are at Walter Reed by any chance? Funny thing, I happened to be at the JAG's office going over my findings when a doc calls about someone referred to as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Anyway, it's been a long struggle for me, had to fight tooth and nail for this all the way up to the formal board hearing at the Navy Yard. I can tell everyone this, be proactive about your case, educate yourself and provide as much documentation to your own case as you can. Take the DBQ forms to your VA exam to have them fill it out, they tell you not to take your medical records because they sent it to them, but go prepared anyway. I was found fit, asked for a reconsideration, then found unfit and placed on the TDRL so I still have the challenge of proving myself until I can get switched to the PDRL but for now I qualified for 50% DoD 90% VA, with me not wanting to pursue new claims the VA found only because I want to close the original claim so I can go home with my husband and daughter whom I've been away from for 10 months now. You can always file after you receive your award and at least I will be receiving some income versus none and have the support of my family. If you can stick it out, take the recommendation from your JAG.
 

Almost_Separated

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#3
Hi, are at Walter Reed by any chance? Funny thing, I happened to be at the JAG's office going over my findings when a doc calls about someone referred to as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Anyway, it's been a long struggle for me, had to fight tooth and nail for this all the way up to the formal board hearing at the Navy Yard. I can tell everyone this, be proactive about your case, educate yourself and provide as much documentation to your own case as you can. Take the DBQ forms to your VA exam to have them fill it out, they tell you not to take your medical records because they sent it to them, but go prepared anyway. I was found fit, asked for a reconsideration, then found unfit and placed on the TDRL so I still have the challenge of proving myself until I can get switched to the PDRL but for now I qualified for 50% DoD 90% VA, with me not wanting to pursue new claims the VA found only because I want to close the original claim so I can go home with my husband and daughter whom I've been away from for 10 months now. You can always file after you receive your award and at least I will be receiving some income versus none and have the support of my family. If you can stick it out, take the recommendation from your JAG.
No I am in Oklahoma. What did you end up getting boarded for? Also, thank you for the advice!
 

Kaily

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#4
I claimed migraines and was scheduled with the VA neurologist who was the only doctor that asked me for my medical record. Dr. Levine, I'm never going to forget her name, she was running late to work that day. I told her the records were sent to her and she was upset with me because I didn't bring my own records. That diagnosis came back from the VA stating there was not enough documentation found to hold my claim for migraines. At the formal hearing the JAG officer told me there wasn't a DBQ in my file about the migraine, he asked me to get any of my doctor's to fill it out, the neurologist, my pcm, the VA doc, somebody so that I can get the benefit for migraines. My pcm filled it out with the supporting documentation from the neurologist encounter notes and sure enough, yesterday when my findings where read to me migraines was there and rated at 30%, I'll take it. I have other problems with my bladder and urinary frequency and issues, I've been seen the urologist since being overseas. I was told the importance of documenting everything with your doctors or it doesn't matter, even if your doctor cannot write a prescription for an item, at least make sure they document they recommend you do buy or use the item. I was rated at 40% for this and I'm grateful because it's been an issue it keeps me up at night besides the sleep apnea. I've asked my husband if he wants us to sleep in separate rooms, I feel bad about the noise with the machine, me getting up, my nightmares, my restlessness. This man truly loves me because he refuses to do that.
 

Kaily

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#5
No I am in Oklahoma. What did you end up getting boarded for? Also, thank you for the advice!
Good, I wasn't sure whether to say anything or not but the JAG did say that normally "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" fall under psych, but me being a Corpsman I wanted to say the contrary to her, you have to rule out other disease that attack our immune systems for instance. For DoD PTSD, Major Anxiety Disorder, anything that was psych was bundled into one, but that was primary(ADD,restless leg syndrome). Migraines, sleep apnea, overactive bladder, degenerative lordosis, where the other ones. Then I have a long list of other ones that were rated at zero, that are the ones I will be working on getting claimed to higher number later because the documentation is available, the ones that are not rated at even a zero you can't fight.
 

Kaily

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#6
Good, I wasn't sure whether to say anything or not but the JAG did say that normally "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" fall under psych, but me being a Corpsman I wanted to say the contrary to her, you have to rule out other disease that attack our immune systems for instance. For DoD PTSD, Major Anxiety Disorder, anything that was psych was bundled into one, but that was primary(ADD,restless leg syndrome). Migraines, sleep apnea, overactive bladder, degenerative lordosis, where the other ones. Then I have a long list of other ones that were rated at zero, that are the ones I will be working on getting claimed to higher number later because the documentation is available, the ones that are not rated at even a zero you can't fight.
At 18 months I will be reevaluated only for what DoD found me unfit for, at that time they can decide to transfer me to the PDRL or reevaluate me again in another 18 months and during each eval depending on my condition improving or worsening it will affect my rate, they will take the better of the 3 rate if it comes to 3 evals being done at the 5 year mark when a final decision must be made, can't be on the TDRL more than 5 years.
 
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