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Active Duty military with Chiari

Postby miles3 » Thu May 31, 2007 5:29 pm

I was wondering if there are any people out there on active duty and have Chiari. If so, I would really love to hear from you.
I was active duty until I got out in '05. Since then I have found out that I have Chiari and my symptoms have progressed quite a bit. The problem is that I'm still Inactive Reserve for a couple more years. I recently found out that I may be called back to go to Iraq soon. From what I have heard, the military doesn't care if you have Chiari (which doesn't make too much sense). I don't see how this is possible.
If you are active duty and have Chiari please contact me. I would really appreciate it. Thank you very much.

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Postby donbr » Thu May 31, 2007 5:54 pm

Hi Tiffany,
I am not in the military but you should get a written statement from a NS preferably one that specialises in acm stating how acm would effect you and how being on active duty could effect your condition.
You might get a medical leave but in reality acm is dibilitating and your capabilities are not the same and active duty would just make it worse.
The military Drs. wont care about the acm b/c they probably have very limited knowledge but private Drs always outweigh the opinion of military Drs strange but true. I have 2 brothers that were in the military.
In a situation such as yours with a Drs statement they probably wouldnt call you bak for active duty
Take care

Postby Debster » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:46 pm

I have heard lots of folks with ACM have limitations on how much they should carry, lift etc.. I would think some of the things the military might expect you to participate in may be contrary to what your doctors think you should be doing.

I agree with Don. If I were you I would get to a private doctor for an evaluation. The last thing you want is for the tonsils to herniate any further than what they are already.

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Postby heaven » Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:09 am

Hi, I was in the military when I got diagnosed. They retired me. If you think I can be of assistance let me know. They told me I could not stay in.

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