A little more info on my case.
I’ve suffered headaches (never incapacitating, with NO symptoms other than pain)for over a quarter century. Last year, a doctor recommended I try Imetrex. I checked the AOPA web site to see if Imetrex was OK. It is. I thought I was in good shape because I found an FAA acceptable drug that worked!
I filled out my 3rd Class Medical application honestly, listing Imetrex as one of the drugs I occasionally use. The AME said “ah ha, Migraine Headaches, I have to defer this to the FAA. It’ll be a 4-6 week delay.”
I got my treating physician to write a report on my headache history for the AME to send to the FAA along with his paperwork. I asked him to call the regional flight surgeon to see if he could get a special issuance over the phone (this is advised by the AOPA web site) to avoid the backlog. He did, but to no avail, and was told that the delay was, in fact, about five months.
I think that all I can do is wait. According to its web site, the AOPA can’t even check the status of deferals until 6 weeks into the process.
As to whether or not to even require 3rd class medical certificates: a government agency should either have the means in place to fairly and effectively administer its regulations or it should design its regulations to fit its means.
Wouldn’t that be nice? As shown by this backlog, the FSO has not been given the means to administer these regulations and something should change.