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  • External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

    I had a question regarding external rhabdomyolysis. July of 09 I was put in the hospital for 2 days for external rhabdomyolysis due to dehydration. I had ran a road race and the next day had some aches and pains that lasted to long so I got checked out and they discovered the external rhabdo... I took some IV fluids and was monitored for the two days. I was discharged with no long term effects and was cleared to run and workout as I pleased (just to stay hydrated) I am currently 23 years old and have been a full time firefighter for 3 years and completing college online. I am currently in Iraq working on an Army base as a firefighter contractor/when my contract ends in May I hope to enlist in the Guard. However I do not know how my episode will effect my ability to get in. Does anyone have any experience of this and trying to enlist? Any info would be great. Like I said.. no long term effects and was cleared to full duty and activities after 2 days. Thanks for any info..

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    Re: External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

    I had Rhabdo and was in the hospital for 5.5 days. my CPK levels were >83,000 when I checked in. I'm going to send you a pm regarding this issue.
    Last edited by SFC_Wilson; August 5th, 2011, 06:24 PM.

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      Re: External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

      Originally posted by firefighter06
      However I do not know how my episode will effect my ability to get in. Does anyone have any experience of this and trying to enlist? Any info would be great. Like I said.. no long term effects and was cleared to full duty and activities after 2 days. Thanks for any info..
      Rhabdomyolysis is disqualifying. Given that yours had a clear cause and was exertional in nature, and given that you haven't had any long term effects or any apparent organ damage, you might have a good chance at a waiver.

      Go ahead and speak to a recruiter. You'll definitely need a waiver, but I doubt your recruiter would see a single episode of this type of rhabod as unwaiverable.

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        Re: External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

        if you are already in is this something that would get you medically discharged or retired?

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          Re: External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

          I looked this up way back when it happened to me and what I remember finding was it was fine provided that it was injury or event related (there are two types. Chronic and injury/event related), a single episode, there was no organ damage and you didnt miss a certain % of duty or length of duty were expected to make a full recovery.

          Mine was event related. Some people get the stuff and it is constantly recurring. I was fine.

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            Re: External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

            if you are already in is this something that would get you medically discharged or retired?

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            • #7
              Re: External rhabdomyolysis waiver??

              this is something that has been happening over and over again i also am wondering what the following means on my profile it say RECOMMEND NON DUTY PEB, AR 40-501 3-40 U1

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