Ma'am, I hope your new doctor will have more insight for you
While I am not a doctor, I know enough about human anatomy/biology to know that there are many reasons why an individual can experience pain. Not all of the reasons are limited to causes that can be seen on an XRay or MRI
If you have a medical condition that causes you pain and this limits your ability to perform your duties, that can be the basis to be chaptered out of the Army. The basis could be through the MEB process (MEB is medical evaluation board...the process where a soldier
is evaluated to determine if their condition was caused by or aggravated by their military service) or it could be through a chapter 5-15 Other designated physical or mental conditions.
But the key for either of these is a diagnosis.
In order to chapter or to separate for a disability (with a MEB) there must first be a diagnosis.
With no diagnosis, the commander (your battalion commander
) has nothing to go on...no basis to separate.
It is good you are getting a second opinion
You may want to inquire to your new doctor if your condition may be nerve related, for example Fibromyalgia.
If they diagnosis you with a condition that limits your ability to serve? Then I would expect them to separate you. Again, it will depend on the diagnosis and the cause...if the condition was caused by service, they would perform a MEB. IF the condition predates your service, then a 5-17 chapter is appropriate
What if they can not diagnosis anything? IF you are experiencing pain, I would expect some diagnosis of the condition (again, what you describe may be Fibromyalgia). If the second opinion doctor will not give any diagnosis...you may need to ask for a third opinion. Your commander is not going to separate you based on your complaints alone...he or she will require a diagnosis from a physician before they will take steps to separate you.
As for "can they make you take medication"? The answer is no...they can not legally order you to take pain medication. That said, if you refuse to take medication, and as a result you are not able to perform your duties, that can be an independent basis to separate you.
Let me know if you have more questions...happy to assist if I can.