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Old 03-11-2018, 10:59 PM   #1  
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Question Neuralgia, Sciatica (Medical Issuance)

I am a military pilot in the process of getting ready to transition to the airlines and I have a couple concerns about my medical. I think they're non-issues but I am unsure how they'll be evaluated.

My military medical record shows I have facial nerve neuralgia -- basically a paresthesia of my left lower lip from wisdom tooth extraction.

Additionally, I have "sciatica" (neuralgia of my sciatic nerve) on record, but aside from pain and tingling, there is not any impairment of function.

I was reviewing the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners "Upper and Lower Extremities"
to get an idea of what's involved in the evaluation and I'm not really sure how to proceed.

It reads "Neuralgia or Neuropathy, chronic or acute, particularly sciatica, if sufficient to interfere with function or is likely to become incapacitating" requires an FAA decision. I interpret this to read that the examiner can issue a medical based on sciatica or neuralgia of my facial nerve so long as it doesn't impair my functionality or would likely incapacitate me, but I am not sure if any of this on record requires the FAA to make the final decision, period.

I feel honesty is the best policy and, especially since it's in my military records, that it's best to disclose it to an examiner in case the FAA ever cross-checks databases with the DOD (or later VA if for some reason I claimed anything).

How do I proceed?
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