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Old 10-24-2019, 04:22 PM
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I have recently reached out to a couple of AME's and apparently the migraines I get are going to cost me this career. I get migraines with what are called scintillating scotoma. If you want to know what they look like just punch it in on google images. Unfortunately they blurr part of my central vision. I'll be seeing a neurologist mid November but from what the AME told me the only way I could get a special issuance is if I went on preventative medications ( either beta blockers or calcium channel blockers) for a year with no migraines and I could get a special issuance 1st class. The catch is that even if the meds work, ANY one recurrence would cost me the medical and I would have to go through the same year long process again. I wanted to see if I could get some opinions on this. I would like to fly as a career but walking on a knife edge the rest of my life, hoping one of these things doesn't happen makes me very nervous. I'm 25 with an engineering degree, maybe I should just paraglide on the weekends? Maybe take the meds for 2 years before investing the remaining money to complete my commercial rating? Any opinions on this would be appreciated.
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Old 10-24-2019, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by dmac25 View Post
I have recently reached out to a couple of AME's and apparently the migraines I get are going to cost me this career. I get migraines with what are called scintillating scotoma. If you want to know what they look like just punch it in on google images. Unfortunately they blurr part of my central vision. I'll be seeing a neurologist mid November but from what the AME told me the only way I could get a special issuance is if I went on preventative medications ( either beta blockers or calcium channel blockers) for a year with no migraines and I could get a special issuance 1st class. The catch is that even if the meds work, ANY one recurrence would cost me the medical and I would have to go through the same year long process again. I wanted to see if I could get some opinions on this. I would like to fly as a career but walking on a knife edge the rest of my life, hoping one of these things doesn't happen makes me very nervous. I'm 25 with an engineering degree, maybe I should just paraglide on the weekends? Maybe take the meds for 2 years before investing the remaining money to complete my commercial rating? Any opinions on this would be appreciated.
Sounds risky for a career entrant. If you were a 50-year old major CA, then fight it to the hilt but in your shoes I don't know.

At the very least, wait a couple years and see what happens before you commit. Also do some research, get some professional advice as to how likely it is that meds would work for decades with zero lapses.
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