Posted on Oct 6, 2019
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I recently found out via MRI that i have a bulging disk and pinched nerve in my lower back. The physician offered a permanent profile, or said i can go to a chiropractor or pain management. As i am young in my career I do not want to have a profile hold me back from advancing in anyway, however I do not want to injure myself anymore than I am now.
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Take the profile, physical therapy, and pain management.
One day you'll be old, and unless medicine and technology progress, you will still have that condition, and the pain and limitations that accompany it. There will be no comments on evaluations or awards about how you suffered through the pain and worsened your condition, and the military will not much care.
Take care of your health. The old you will thank, or curse, the young you.
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Get it documented man. Pride kills and hurts more than anything else. To many of us didn’t go to sick call or get the profile. I say get it, your future self will thank you.
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SGT Robert Payne
SGT Robert Payne
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At 60 yo looking back, I wish I would have documented back and knee problems. The VA is not very easy to work with
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COL Vincent Stoneking
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Take the profile. If you already have the condition diagnosed this early in service, it will only get worse as time goes on. That's WITH a profile.
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You have a bulging disk in your back, unless you want to further injure it I would take it. A P2 will not prevent you from advancing in your career, I have had one for ten years and since then I've been promoted twice. I have always said it; above all else, your health is most important.

More than likely it will be a P2. If a P3 is placed, a MEB will be initiated.
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SSG Darrell Peters
SSG Darrell Peters
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Unless things have changed. You can have one P3. After five years all permanent profiles are evaluated.
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