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Good Afternoon All,

Just wanted to ask a few questions. I’ve been medically deferred for a few reasons.
I had headaches back in 2012-2013, for less than 7 months. I was studying for my a levels and was a bit stressed at the time. I was given a prescription of amnitrpytiline. (However you spell it) and I only filled that prescription out once my migraines/ headaches stopped completely. It’s now been nearly 6 years and I haven’t had a migraine or headache since and as I said I’ve only filled that prescription once. This needed to be cleared up via deferral.
Also, I had a few muscle problems back in early 2016 which I had a few tests done and was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and did a few home exercises to resolve it and have had no issues since. Again that was three years ago.
Surely these two factors cannot disqualify me from the army ? Also when I had the shoulder issue I was at uni so I had to go to the walk in centre/ a and e because I wasn’t able to get a gp appointment. They are now reviewing my paperwork - just a bit confused as to why they’ve brought up things that I haven’t had issues with For several years. Anyone have advice?
I doubt anyone could tell you what the medical staff think but generally it seems to be current or stuff that’s reoccurred that’s an issue. Just apply and see what happens :)
 

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Good Afternoon All,

Just wanted to ask a few questions. I’ve been medically deferred for a few reasons.
I had headaches back in 2012-2013, for less than 7 months. I was studying for my a levels and was a bit stressed at the time. I was given a prescription of amnitrpytiline. (However you spell it) and I only filled that prescription out once my migraines/ headaches stopped completely. It’s now been nearly 6 years and I haven’t had a migraine or headache since and as I said I’ve only filled that prescription once. This needed to be cleared up via deferral.
Also, I had a few muscle problems back in early 2016 which I had a few tests done and was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and did a few home exercises to resolve it and have had no issues since. Again that was three years ago.
Surely these two factors cannot disqualify me from the army ? Also when I had the shoulder issue I was at uni so I had to go to the walk in centre/ a and e because I wasn’t able to get a gp appointment. They are now reviewing my paperwork - just a bit confused as to why they’ve brought up things that I haven’t had issues with For several years. Anyone have advice?

Because past experiences, even one offs, can be a potential indicator for future issues and potential problems, as such they need investigated.

It's spelt Amitriptyline in case you wish to google it.
 
Right, just want to know if anyone on the forum/moderators have come across any one trying to join with a patent foramen ovale. Layman’s terms small hole in heart.
 

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Right, just want to know if anyone on the forum/moderators have come across any one trying to join with a patent foramen ovale. Layman’s terms small hole in heart.
Without even looking at JSP950 I would state not a chance!
 
Right, just want to know if anyone on the forum/moderators have come across any one trying to join with a patent foramen ovale. Layman’s terms small hole in heart.
I’m gonna say 99% chance you won’t make it. However nothing stops you applying to see.
 
About a third of the population have it, it’s like a flap that didn’t close up on birth. I applied and got into Royal Marines training at 20 got to week 22 but it wasn’t my time I was just too young. But I’ve been told it doesn’t affect me at all.
 
About a third of the population have it, it’s like a flap that didn’t close up on birth. I applied and got into Royal Marines training at 20 got to week 22 but it wasn’t my time I was just too young. But I’ve been told it doesn’t affect me at all.
The medicals are all the same as far as I’m aware, as long as you don’t get anyone arsey you should be fine if you’ve passed already.
 
Oh I’ve re-applied, it’s down to the SMO not having enough information. I’ve got a specialist writing a report with every test under the sun conducted. I require no medication, no corrective surgery and he says I will not suffer in the future with it. It is completely irreverent he said. Having been a navel doctor himself. The overwhelming report they shall receive when I get the documents will shout louder than the words printed. But I’m wondering if anyone has come across this on the platform. Out of curiosity, it should be an easy decision but it’s the world we live in where scroutany is rife.
 
Oh I’ve re-applied, it’s down to the SMO not having enough information. I’ve got a specialist writing a report with every test under the sun conducted. I require no medication, no corrective surgery and he says I will not suffer in the future with it. It is completely irreverent he said. Having been a navel doctor himself. The overwhelming report they shall receive when I get the documents will shout louder than the words printed. But I’m wondering if anyone has come across this on the platform. Out of curiosity, it should be an easy decision but it’s the world we live in where scroutany is rife.
They triple check everything now, down to them calling me back in during assessment because i’d had anaesthetic at the dentist 24 months ago.
 
Hello all,

I just received my medical rejection after sending off my RGMD a few months ago. I've got a plan of action, I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback/pointers on it:

Bit of context: Currently 21, was referred to a shrink at 17 for low mood/anxiety after a few family bereavements (The letter in my medical record describes it like that), saw the shrink for a while (~8 months) and went off to university. Last summer (~18 months ago) after another bereavement, my mum encouraged me to go to see a shrink, just in case.

I went along and the bastard wrote a letter to my GP claiming I was suffering from depression and anxiety (personally I think I was just a bit temporarily sad, as you would be). I didn't see him again, went on with my life until time came to apply for the Army.

I knew this would be an issue so ~6 months ago I went to see him and got a letter where he basically retracted what he said before and wrote that in retrospect he thinks I wasn't depressed or anxious and that I am in fact fine and have been for quite some time.

Now my medical rejection letter says: "Due to more than 2 episodes of depression"

So clearly they think its a recurring issue, but I need to show that it was an issue when I was 17/18 but has been resolved since then. My plan is to get myself referred to a psychiatrist, show them my record and get him to basically write a summary of my mental health from my when I was 16 until now, thus showing them I have only had one episode of depression, and that the diagnosis 18 months ago was incorrect.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated, I am aware of how crap these medical appeals can be, but do I have much of a chance? Apologies for the long post.
 
Hello all,

I just received my medical rejection after sending off my RGMD a few months ago. I've got a plan of action, I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback/pointers on it:

Bit of context: Currently 21, was referred to a shrink at 17 for low mood/anxiety after a few family bereavements (The letter in my medical record describes it like that), saw the shrink for a while (~8 months) and went off to university. Last summer (~18 months ago) after another bereavement, my mum encouraged me to go to see a shrink, just in case.

I went along and the bastard wrote a letter to my GP claiming I was suffering from depression and anxiety (personally I think I was just a bit temporarily sad, as you would be). I didn't see him again, went on with my life until time came to apply for the Army.

I knew this would be an issue so ~6 months ago I went to see him and got a letter where he basically retracted what he said before and wrote that in retrospect he thinks I wasn't depressed or anxious and that I am in fact fine and have been for quite some time.

Now my medical rejection letter says: "Due to more than 2 episodes of depression"

So clearly they think its a recurring issue, but I need to show that it was an issue when I was 17/18 but has been resolved since then. My plan is to get myself referred to a psychiatrist, show them my record and get him to basically write a summary of my mental health from my when I was 16 until now, thus showing them I have only had one episode of depression, and that the diagnosis 18 months ago was incorrect.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated, I am aware of how crap these medical appeals can be, but do I have much of a chance? Apologies for the long post.
Would think seeing a shrink to see if you could have it struck off your record as a misdiagnosis wouldn’t be a bad aidea
 
Im looking at joining up this year already in the process. My issue is, ive been in the building trade for last 10 years and hearing protection has been pretty sparse. Although I do wear it I've definitely sustained some damage. I also shoot 7.62 target rifle and have done for over 10 years to. Anyway sure you don't want my life story. My question is. How bad does your hearing have to be to fail H2H2 levels (example/comparison). Anyone experienced similar lifestyle and passed?

Thanks, Mac
 
Im looking at joining up this year already in the process. My issue is, ive been in the building trade for last 10 years and hearing protection has been pretty sparse. Although I do wear it I've definitely sustained some damage. I also shoot 7.62 target rifle and have done for over 10 years to. Anyway sure you don't want my life story. My question is. How bad does your hearing have to be to fail H2H2 levels (example/comparison). Anyone experienced similar lifestyle and passed?

Thanks, Mac
Have a crack at this or book in for a test. https://specsaversolht2.audiology-online.co.uk/?page=testClient&p=2&post

Worst that’ll happen when you go is they’ll say no. But at least you’re not wondering.
 
Before I start I don't really know if I can find any help but worth a shot. I was medically deferred after passing all my selection tests almost 2 years ago for something I had at birth, I have been living perfectly fine since then (now 18 ) and have not had to have any treatment. After jumping through every possible hoop the medical team have thrown at me I eventually got a letter from my gp and a urologist saying there is nothing wrong with me which I have forwarded to the med team but they have taken almost 2 months to get back to me despite constantly chasing them I just keep getting told it's under review which is bollocks because what can the review from a letter stating I am perfectly fit. Is there anyway to speed this up or do I just have to sit like a mong from until they sort it?
 

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