Medical Disqualification

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I just received an e-mail yesterday stating I did not meet the medical qualifications due to kidney stones (incident 2009), migraines (incident 2008 ) and IBD (incident 2016). I am starting the appeal now. Does anyone have any insight into this process? Am I screwed? I do not take any medications anymore, but was prescribed medication in the past. I put all of this into my MedXPress and still got this e-mail, the AME thought it was of zero concern so I'm blindsided by this.
 

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I just received an e-mail yesterday stating I did not meet the medical qualifications due to kidney stones (incident 2009), migraines (incident 2008 ) and IBD (incident 2016). I am starting the appeal now. Does anyone have any insight into this process? Am I screwed? I do not take any medications anymore, but was prescribed medication in the past. I put all of this into my MedXPress and still got this e-mail, the AME thought it was of zero concern so I'm blindsided by this.
I'm really sorry to hear that. If you haven't turned in every last medical record for those issues I'd make sure that's done. Depending on what your medical records say itd be worth considering going to the specialists that deal with those issues and have all of them conduct a follow up exam. If they don't see any issues then get it in writing and send that to the FAA.

I'm not sure about the kidney stones or IBD but did you ever have any MRIs done or a visit to opthamlogy by chance? I had a migraine issue as well and included a bunch of paperwork from my nuerologist. Although I've yet to be cleared so I could just as easily be in the same boat as you. Do you mind if I ask what type of migraines you had?
 
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I'm really sorry to hear that. If you haven't turned in every last medical record for those issues I'd make sure that's done. Depending on what your medical records say itd be worth considering going to the specialists that deal with those issues and have all of them conduct a follow up exam. If they don't see any issues then get it in writing and send that to the FAA.

I'm not sure about the kidney stones or IBD but did you ever have any MRIs done or a visit to opthamlogy by chance? I had a migraine issue as well and included a bunch of paperwork from my nuerologist. Although I've yet to be cleared so I could just as easily be in the same boat as you. Do you mind if I ask what type of migraines you had?
It was so long ago, I don't know if they ever told me what kind of migraine it was. I was hospitalized for one day due to it and had several MRI's and tests, so I'll have to see if I can dig those up. Since it was 10 years ago I don't know if I can.

Thanks for the advice on going to a new specialist. I can get a new MRI taken if that would help. I'm also going to call the Medical POC later today to see what they say, if they give me any good advice I'll let you know.
 

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It was so long ago, I don't know if they ever told me what kind of migraine it was. I was hospitalized for one day due to it and had several MRI's and tests, so I'll have to see if I can dig those up. Since it was 10 years ago I don't know if I can.

Thanks for the advice on going to a new specialist. I can get a new MRI taken if that would help. I'm also going to call the Medical POC later today to see what they say, if they give me any good advice I'll let you know.
I'm not sure a new MRI would matter if you can get the results of your old one. It wouldn't hurt anything either I'd guess though. Speaking from personal experience it takes several days to request and process medical records from a hospital since they'll have to dig through their archives for them. I wish you the best of luck in your appeal.
 

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Your issue is certainly with the combination of the three. Each one in their own right can be disqualifying as each situation could pose a threat to the NAS if you're working on position and had a kidney stone, migraine, or IBS flare up.

While I can't speak on the others, I have known others who had kidney stones during the hiring process. For that, you'll need to see a urologist, have an MRI done, and have the doctor sign off that you don't have any other kidney stones and it will not be a reoccurring issue. Once that's done you can move on to the next item on your list.
 
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I just talked to HR this morning and they said that this should be an easy fix since I only had one instance of a migraine in 2008 (that required me to go get a pain reliever shot in urgent care) and one instance of kidney stones in 2009 that required a three day hospital stay due to a stint. She got my hopes up again, but trying to keep telling myself this still might not happen.

They just need me to get all my historical records (which isn't going to be easy) and get my primary care doctor to do a new scan to make sure no new kidney stones are visible, as well as confirm I don't have any prescribed medication for IBD. Hopefully with this I'll be good to go.