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08-11-2017, 09:24 AM   #1
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Active duty Navy on remicade

I have been on Remicade for about a year now. I have been on shore duty the entire time, but should be rolling back to sea in another year. My GI doc tells me I will have problems screening for sea duty . Has anyone had any experience returning to sea duty receiving remicade infusions. I was diagnosed with UC in 2007 and place limdu, but was able to control symptoms with steroids. Had a PEB found fit to return to duty. My last flare, last year, I didn't respond well to steroids and was placed on remicade.
08-11-2017, 11:03 AM   #2
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What is the plan to continue treatment when you are at sea? That would be the biggest concern.....
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08-11-2017, 11:13 AM   #3
Estab1980
 
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What is the plan to continue treatment when you are at sea? That would be the biggest concern.....
I think that is the issue! Ships can't carry biological medications. I was wondering if anyone has successfully screened for sea duty and was able to deploy. I am too close to being eligible for retirement to get kicked out now. I have heard of people remaining on shore duty to finish out their careers. I wouldn't mind that as long as I was able to retire.
08-11-2017, 11:14 AM   #4
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I think my doctors plan is to keep me on remicade as long as it is remaining effective. My understanding is this is for the rest of my life.
08-15-2017, 02:31 AM   #5
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I happened to do a little looking around and there's another thread talking about this same thing on here. I'm hoping this might have a little more info for you. The second link is for those in the military. Hope this helps...

http://www.crohnsforum.com/showthread.php?t=47814

http://www.crohnsforum.com/showthread.php?t=60483
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