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01-27-2015, 09:28 AM   #31
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I am currently going through another soon to be medical board for Crohn's as well. I have been in the Guard for ten years and this will be my second board for it. My first was after I was diagnosed back in '09 which prevented me from becoming a pilot, so now I am a Signal Intelligence Officer.

The board was good back then because I could still do the basic Soldiering skills. Now though, for the past year and half I can't participate fully because of the pain it causes. It hurts to run or even do situps because of the inflammation.

I am seeing a new GI to hopefully get it fixed, but I think the military is waning on their patience and the new board will give me the boot, especially if I end up on Humira or Remicade because those aren't easily administered/handled while deployed. Will keep you up to date on what happens.
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01-29-2015, 01:36 AM   #32
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Just a quick note to say thank you to those of you on this forum who have served and are serving. There really isn't an adequate way to express the gratitude you all deserve! I hope that you are able to get decent treatment through the VA (excellent treatment would be great!)
All my best and respect,
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03-19-2015, 09:28 PM   #33
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AD Navy 14 years, diagnosed with CD and found fit 3 years ago. Now I'm stuck on shore duty... Psyched to be able to stay though. Thanks to all for their service.
03-19-2015, 09:29 PM   #34
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What is your rate?
03-19-2015, 09:32 PM   #35
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I'm an FC, you?
03-19-2015, 09:36 PM   #36
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Nuke ET, 13 years in. Currently on recruiter duty. My PEB process is starting now for Lymphocytic Colitis among other things. I was told if i don't get cleared and back to a ship by Oct 14 I lose my NEC. How long did the board take for you and how were you cleared to stay in?
03-19-2015, 09:46 PM   #37
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Mine took right at 6 months. I guess it's a little quicker for fit findings. There's no time set on it, I'm just fit. I was lucky enough to have my first ten years at sea, so they're giving me back to back shore (surprising for an FC). But, I guess it's hard to find folks to come to Great Lakes. I'm not sure what they're going to do with me after this tour though. I'll either stay on shore or get boarded again. Good luck. Have you looked into going NC? It would be easier to stay in. I'm sure it's even tougher to stay on shore as a nuke.
03-19-2015, 09:48 PM   #38
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Hello everyone,

I've been following this forum since I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2011, but just now decided to start posting.

I am currently in the US Navy. I was 30 yo when I first presented with symptoms (diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain). Interestingly, I had just met a new friend with Crohn's the month before. Prior to that I had never even heard of it. Anyway, it took a couple months for navy medical to do much of anything, they thought it was just a bug. After multiple trips to the ER, they finally did a CT and got a GI in to see me. 24 hours, a colonoscopy, and a CT scan later, I was diagnosed with Crohn's. They started a prednisone taper and then put me on remicade and 6mp.

After 6 months of doing well on the treatment, I started to develop severe joint pain. I was also due to transfer which meant that I needed to check in to a new command in a different area and a different doctor. The circumstances led me to stop the treatment and try my own thing.

I started by running at least three miles a day, took a lot of my calories by liquid, wheat grass, and probiotics. I was great for about a year and a half. Work got busy, I fell out of my routine and I flared up around November (in Chicago).

After another prednisone taper, they put me on humira. I again did well until the next winter, but flared up again in December. After another prednisone taper, they tried azathioprine alone. This time I didn't even finish the taper before I flared up again. I just started yet another taper, and they want to do humira and azathioprine together.

I've done a ton of research and am still currently in denial that this can't be fixed. I've even tried acupuncture! I'm very intrigued by the research being done on anti-MAP therapies, and I've also found some info on the possible correlation to the anthrax vaccines that I've received (last dose was a month before Crohn's showed up). Unfortunately the VA doctors aren't.

Recently, my father suffered from a pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Through the process I discovered that his father also had it, as well as 4 of his siblings. For the first 10 years (started in boot camp) in the navy, I had terrible rashes on my feet and ankles. Medical gave me all kinds of creams, nothing worked. I chalked it up to a sensitivity to the mold in the showers on the ship and dealt with it. The rashes stopped when the Crohn's showed up, but I was also taken off the ship, so I didn't make a correlation. But in light of recent new genetic info, I've discovered that the rash was identical to a DVT rash. Couple that with finding out about ischemic colitis and the possibility that circulatory issues with the colon can mimic CD, I've decided to reach out.

I'm mainly posting to the forum to find info in regards to ischemia or other misdiagnoses of Crohn's. I've found a case study indicating that individuals that were diagnosed with Crohn's eventually presented with occlusions of the mesenteric arteries. Once the occlusions were rectified with aortomesenteric bypass, the patient is symptom free.

There are other similar studies, but not as many as I would like. There is a lot of information indicating that crohnies are more susceptible to DVT, but I'm curious about DVT, blood clots, and/or vasculitis as one of the many possible CAUSES of the disease (since we don't actually have one yet). I've read multiple posts from folks that have had DVT with Crohn's, but none that have indicated whether or not the anti-coags have had any influence on their Crohn's symptoms.

I would much appreciate any advice/literature/experience on the topic if it's out there. I'm also willing to share as much as I can about my own experience.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I've been working on it for 3 years...
03-19-2015, 09:48 PM   #39
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I can't do back to back shore as a nuke. If found fit i could go NC but recruiting suckS. More importantly the longer i am out of nuclear work the harder it becomes to get a nice paying nuke civilian job.
03-19-2015, 09:56 PM   #40
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I didn't think I'd be able to either. Good luck. Make sure you read up. I knew a couple folks they tried to just sep after they were found fit but couldn't screen for sea. Don't let them...
03-19-2015, 10:00 PM   #41
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At this point if i cant stay in as a nuke the best thing for my family is to transition. I would rather do 20 but we'll see what happens in the next several months.
03-19-2015, 10:04 PM   #42
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Being a nuke, I'm sure you'll have plenty of options.
03-19-2015, 10:06 PM   #43
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That is what i have always heard and hope is true.
04-29-2015, 04:53 PM   #44
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Yea combat deployments are not compatible with IBD...sorry to all that think they are "ironibdman or ironibdwoman" but you cannot be dependent upon all of the meds that we are dependent upon especially one's that require refrigeration and be sent to all corners of the world and be expected to perform duties that are extremely taxing and miserable to those that are extremely healthy.

Not everyone is meant to be in the armed forces and it doesn't say anything negative about you or your condition if you don't qualify. It is a tough hard life in the army but it is impossible to be 100% battle ready if you have IBD and it would be downright miserable and excruciating to do what they ask you to do with IBD. How many times do you have to run to the bathroom or stay in bed or become hospitalized??? Try doing that while you are getting shot at...not a good idea, why put yourself or your team at risk?
06-16-2015, 12:21 PM   #45
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I was diagnosed with Crohn's in high school and then basically lied about it when joining the Army in 1991 so that it would not affect my enlistment. Had two or so flare ups during four years of active duty but although somewhat bad it was never bad enough to have to reveal the problem. Stayed in Reserves and didn't acknowledge it until pre deployment to Iraq. I wasn't sure if I would or not but because of the laundry list of warnings that came with all of the vaccines and like someone previously said I didn't want to be a liability if it were to really be a problem and acted up. I told them it was basically in remission and hadn't been a problem in years (which was true) and they never said a word about it. No problems during deployment and after 24 years in the Army I am still good. I have mentioned it at every LHI medical appointment and Medical SRP since and it has never been a problem. It seems like their main concern, at least once you are in, is the current severity as well as how it is reacting to treatment. Good luck to everyone!
08-25-2015, 10:51 PM   #46
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Hi everyone.
My first post. I have not been officially diagnosed yet. Recently had a trip to ER with severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. They did a CT scan and said it is likely a colitis. Now I am on antibiotics for a week and will be awaiting how that goes... I have been in for 12 years now (Navy).
11-27-2015, 04:17 PM   #47
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Is it possible to join if you are already diagnosed, like just not mentioning it to MEPS, I have been in remission for years and always wanted to join, but recent personal events (as well as all of the foreign stuff) are re-stirring my passion to enlist. About me, I am 20 6-2, 200lbs, diagnosed with CD in 2010, one flare in 2011, no problems since. I have been training MMA and BJJ for the last 2 years, and some of my training partners are retired military personnel who have said that I would do well in the military. but I am scared that if I go and get rejected because of my CD that I wont be able to try and re-enlist. Any thoughts, hints, or tricks. preferably recent stories of people with CD that got in.

Thanks
11-28-2015, 04:08 PM   #48
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Thanks for everyone who has served.
07-15-2016, 03:07 AM   #49
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Hi all, I'm in the British Army, is anyone else on here?
I was diagnosed with Crohn's 8 months ago and with my job/ career it's been up hill since...future is a worry and pretty stressful not knowing where I'll be in get next few years....I thought I had it all planned out...
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Hi all, I'm in the British Army, is anyone else on here?
I was diagnosed with Crohn's 8 months ago and with my job/ career it's been up hill since...future is a worry and pretty stressful not knowing where I'll be in get next few years....I thought I had it all planned out...
I served with you all in Afghanistan great lot. I'm retired now almost got my 20 in but they gave it to me. I hope all is well.
03-08-2017, 03:43 AM   #51
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Where I do live if you have IBD you cannot apply to the army. If you're already in, you're fired.
03-08-2017, 10:44 AM   #52
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Ya that bites considering it can get under control that's frustrating. Sorry to hear about that I know it's hard being out of the military.
03-13-2017, 12:18 PM   #53
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I have received my 3rd unfit for duty papers and have submitted the 3rd reply stating I am wanting to stay in, but what's different on this one is that I was told I should have filled out an LOD for when I was diagnosed on active duty orders. I was told then (2009) that Crohns doesn't count, but that may be different now....? Not sure, so I submitted my doctors visit/diagnosis with dates and my orders so will wait on this investigation to see what comes of it.

I still can't get any orders to do training or schools so career wise I am dying and my BC is a bit upset his intel officer can't attend Annual Training. Hopefully I can get an exception to policy and can move forward. Will try and post updates whenever that will occur, probably another year or two at the glacial speed investigations move at.
03-13-2017, 02:08 PM   #54
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I have received my 3rd unfit for duty papers and have submitted the 3rd reply stating I am wanting to stay in, but what's different on this one is that I was told I should have filled out an LOD for when I was diagnosed on active duty orders. I was told then (2009) that Crohns doesn't count, but that may be different now....? Not sure, so I submitted my doctors visit/diagnosis with dates and my orders so will wait on this investigation to see what comes of it.

I still can't get any orders to do training or schools so career wise I am dying and my BC is a bit upset his intel officer can't attend Annual Training. Hopefully I can get an exception to policy and can move forward. Will try and post updates whenever that will occur, probably another year or two at the glacial speed investigations move at.
With the right one an exception to policy should be pretty easy. I was in two different locations where the air was unfit for humans with paperwork to back that so that's why I got mine included. Certain areas with the burn pits with that documentation might be why for you, something to look into. It is frustrating I miss being in so bad it's ridiculous. When you put almost 20 years in it's all you know so retirement at my age is hard. I wish you luck and try to get anyone who was with you in any uninhabitable areas to make a statement in your behalf. Good luck.
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