My husband was just diagnosed with Narcolepsy. Its not bad enough for medicine and he functions just fine doing his job and never had any issues with this effecting his job performance. He has been in 5 years (deployed 3 times most currently came home from a 10 month deployment in December 2011) and is wanting to be a career marine. When they told him of the news of his diagnosis he was floored because he knew that you can't be in the marine corps with having a neurological issue. My question is (only because we are trying to figure out where this is going to take him) will he get discharged over having narcolepsy? He has the type where if he is bored he will sleep. But if he is doing something or knows he needs to be awake he can be. We are hoping more people have had the same issues and have the answers on what to expect next. He was supposed to deploy within the month, but now he has switched back to his old unit after them finding out that his sleep study came back with hint of narcolepsy. Thank you in advance.
About all I could find was the below link:
I think Cider33Alpha might be able to help you. Look her up. Good luck 21960980, remember, the tuffest job in the CORPS is being a MARINES wife.
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The concern with narcolepsy is that usually that soldiers will pass out/have an episode at a time that put him or his battle buddies at risk.
Because of the condition he is not deployable. I expect they will recommend him for a MEB. Per AR 40-501 Chapter 3.
If he is able to perform well, in spite of his condition, it can indicate fitness. And be reclassified to a different MOS. This is subjective.
In my experience folks with narcolepsy are medically separated.
Good luck. If you have any more questions, please ask away.
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Pipedreams is a far better subject matter expert than I am; she's a neurologist and retired military physician.
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We had a guy in my Squadron who became known as a sleep walker while we where on the USS Nassau in the fall of 1982. This Marine was never allowed to deploy on a boat again, I do believe they did not allow him to re-enlist.....
Now we just got word that the military neurologist wants another mslt test done because my husband was put on nuvigil prior to the study and he was told by the civilian doc that he should not take it the day of the test. Well, the neurologist on base says that you need two full weeks prior without medication due to taking the nuvigil and stopping it suddenly can cause excessive sleepiness. We are hoping that this next test proves he doesn't have narcolepsy after all. PS he now hasn't taken the meds for over a month because he feels as if he doesn't need them at all. (the neurologist said don't take it if he feels he doesn't need it since he didn't have any other signs of narcolepsy)
Sorry to hear about your Family's difficulties Ma'am and know you're all in my prayers as I know first hand how unsettling this can be. All I can say is life doesn't begin or end with momma Marine Corps and should God have a different plan for your Husband's future just have faith and trust that everything is working out for his best. My Wife was a career Seabee who finally retired a little less than a year ago so believe I've lived what you're now experiencing due to her injuries from Iraq so many of us have been there too.
Just know that life changes and when we embrace life altering circumstances we come out much better ahead than if we fight them which is why I bring up faith. Sure got me through some pretty rough times when she was cycling in and out of Fallujah during the height of the insanity to be sure. It's all good fellow Military Spouse. Life always works out for the best even when we might not see it at the time and do know there is most definitely a sweet life post military where everyone eventually looks back and wonders what the fuss was really all about. Sure seems terribly important at the time but after we've completed that part of our life's journey it takes on a whole different meaning where we realize those great adversities merely helped shape our character.
Like I wrote it's all good Ma'am. God bless and drop me a line if you ever want to just talk because Military Families stick together.
Thank you so much for your support. God has been my go to throughout this whole process. The power of prayer is amazing. Sometimes I feel as if I am praying for the wrong things due to there are way more important things in this world to be praying for. I appreciate your kind words it means a lot to me. Your right god has a plan and we are holding this in his hands to see where it may take us. Hopefully he can find a job or something if this plays out in a different way then my husband is wanting. I work as a nanny because in a military town its hard to find a decent job. Thank you once again. Hope you have a blessed day!!
You're most welcome as this is what we're here for Sis. The worst is always the uncertainty and feelings of powerlessness while trying to support our Spouses. Deep inside I just wanted it all to be over so we could move forward with a regular life that didn't involve all the deployments and dets and I was extremely glad when it finally was. It's all good Sis.
He's just living the deployment cycle right now and once he comes out of it life will take on whole new meanings for both of you so just keep believing and praying and everything will work out for the best as it always does. Sooner or later they all have to come out whether it's end of enlistment or retirement so now would be a good time to explore a lot more options than just staying in the Corps which especially holds true during times of huge cutbacks like now.
As for getting a job, once yaw'l arrive at your final destination he's got the Post 9/11 GI Bill with it's monthly housing allowance and there's grant programs for you as well so you'll do fine as you progress your educations and find the types of work you really want for yourselves. It's not as bad out here as many make it seem and you all will do just fine.
God bless and keep hanging in there Sis because things always get better.
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