I was diagnosed with AS a few months ago, and I'm now starting the process for a MEB. I'm currently waiting for the VA to schedule appointments for me to be examined. I've been on humira since November, and I feel great. Without humira, though, I was always in pain. I took a lot of ibuprofen to help manage the pain, but it never fully took the pain away.
I'm asking for advice and seeking experiences of people who were examined by doctors as part of the MEB. I know when I eventually have to go see a doctor, I'm going to be fine since I'm on the humira. But do I need to express to the doctor that when I'm not on medication, I'm in absolute pain? I'm sure it's not as bad as everyone else, but it got to the point where it was agony getting out of bed and trying to walk around. My entire back and neck would be stiff as a board.
When I've gone to the doctors in the past, and indicated to them how tight my back and neck were, they just told me to stretch. The only thing is, is that I only brought up the tightness in my back and neck to them when I visited them for another reason. Meaning, the tightness in my back/neck wasn't the main reason I visited them. It wasn't until I PCSd that the doctor did a blood test on me, and found that I had HLA B-27.
I'd hate to get separated and not have health care. My son has Type 1 Diabetes and my wife has cancer. So...healthcare is a definite must for me! I'm by no means trying to game the system. I want to stay in the military. But, I also know how I am without medication and it seems like the military is willing to tell me, "well even though you're better with medication, we're still going to separate you with no retired benefits, so good luck paying for your humira, insulin, and cancer checkups for your wife."