Hi all, my name's Alli. I'm an ATAN(AW/SW) about to take the third class exam in March (been in 2 years, and currently on my second deployment). I thought everything was going great when all of a sudden about a month ago I was stopped dead in my tracks by a terrible disease called Trigeminal Neuralgia. I see that some of you have heard of it, or actually suffer from it. Mine is of a terrible degree and does not allow me to eat, sleep, work, or PT; all things that I enjoy doing. I'm on 10 mg. of Vicodin every 4 hours, because that's all they have on my ship. They've told me 100 times that I am no longer fit to be on the ship because I am in pain and I am highly sedated all the time, yet they haven't flown me off yet. My Senior Chief told me today that I should prepare to leave tomorrow, but he also told me that on Friday, for a Saturday departure that never happened. If anyone on here is a Navy Vet, you know how things work on ships, they're very hit or miss. They flew me to the USNS Comfort (by the way, we're in Haiti right now doing relief efforts) where the neurologist comfirmed TN. I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks and am still losing weight, I'm becoming extremely depressed and now the doctors are telling me my short but sweet career is most likely going to be coming to a screeching halt. They've told me that I should expect to see an MEB and a PEB in the future, and to prepare myself for that. I've also been told that I will probably rate pretty high with my condition since I really can't accomplish even the smallest of tasks.
Can anyone tell me if they're just blowing smoke up my butt? They've told me most of the time the military will not perform the neurosurgery because that is usually a last resort and the military probably won't get that far before referring me to a MEB and PEB.
Does anyone have any advice for me?
I'm also curious as to what my rating will look like.
Will I lose any of my G.I bill benefits?
Can anyone give me an outline of what the process will roughly look like?
I'm sorry it's so many questions but I'm so shocked and confused. I've read a few SECNAV instructions on disability and MEB's and PEB's but they're written for the board member, not the patient.