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Has anyone else experienced this?
Got an RGMD Pass in December, passed selection in January and got a start date for May but I've just had a letter through saying they're missing my primary healthcare record from August 2016 to now and they need it from my GP.
 
Hi Everyone,

Appreciate if anyone can tell me how likely or unlikely I am to be either outright rejected or deferred for 'low mood' noted on my discharge medical the last time I was in the Army? However despite that I was still graded Medically Fully Deployable but I'm not sure if this will count for much??

I'm waiting for my GP practice to submit my RGMD form to the Army and have only just remembered low mood is on my discharge paperwork.

(Don't know if this will make a blind bit of difference) but I told the doc I was feeling a little bit down but this was only because I'd just missed out on the exit medicals when I first arrived to begin the discharge process, so I had to wait another week and a half before I underwent my exit medical so during this wait I had no option other than to lounge about all day every day until the day of my medical - quite understandable you'd feel bored and a bit down.

My exit medical was nearly two and a half years ago now and I've never been diagnosed with mental health of any kind and subsequently no treatment/prescriptions because I've not actually had 'low mood' in reality, I have no civvy records of low mood but because it's noted on my discharge paperwork I'm now very worried what Army medics might do!!

I've taken a look at the JSP but it barely mentions 'low mood' so I couldn't figure out what will and won't bar entry??

I obviously regret saying such a stupid and meaningless thing now but that's hindsight for you!

I hope to be deferred either before or at my selection medical (if I get that far) so I can try to get it all sorted, rather than get as far as the medical held at basic training only to be sent back home. So I know I need to be honest in the first place if they ask me about it.

I really regret leaving the Army in the first place but I'm not hoping to re-join as a last resort, I'm currently employed in a half decent job here on civvy street but can't stand it!
 
Hi all, can anyone help with this please. My first medical was rejected re back pain and the GP cleared it up for me. I was then rejected a second time for something completely different due to endometriosis. My CSM has taken this back to the medics to review this under one rejection as endo was detailed under hospital admissions.

They state that anyone “with symptomatic endo” or anyone “with pelvic pain” are not eligible. This appears to be irrelevant as I have been symptom-free since 2015 due to hysterectomy. However, they then go on to say that I am “at risk” of developing it again as I have one ovary. Strangely enough, anyone who has an incidental finding of endo is eligible providing they are symptom-free.
 
Has anyone got any advice on how to structure an appeal letter? Do they need my account of the injuries? How advisable is it I put my personal opinion on the details of the injury? This is the reason I was given for them ending my application process: Candidates with a recurrent (3 or more episodes) or recent history of AKP, persistent symptoms or signs are normally graded P8L8. Should I explain each injury individually and treatment recieved. any replies would be much appreciated.
 

The_Duke

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Has anyone got any advice on how to structure an appeal letter? Do they need my account of the injuries? How advisable is it I put my personal opinion on the details of the injury? This is the reason I was given for them ending my application process: Candidates with a recurrent (3 or more episodes) or recent history of AKP, persistent symptoms or signs are normally graded P8L8. Should I explain each injury individually and treatment recieved. any replies would be much appreciated.
Are you a doctor? If not, your opinion is just that, and likely to be given the appropriate attention.

Your appeal needs to address the reasons for declinature with reasons why you believe them to be incorrect, and supporting evidence. Evidence should come from a medical practitioner.
 
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Hi I've passed my selection with an A yesterday the only thing was I was deffered under medical grounds I used drugs when I was younger about 7 8 years ago and also on a broken cheek bone that happened 13 years ago and I've no on going issues, I've to see a specialist for this. Any ideas if this will stop me from joining?
 

Bob65

Old-Salt
I've to see a specialist for this. Any ideas if this will stop me from joining?
If it was a definite no you would be medically rejected, deferred means they haven’t decided and need a second opinion. So this is a question only your specialist can answer. Good luck!
 
If it was a definite no you would be medically rejected, deferred means they haven’t decided and need a second opinion. So this is a question only your specialist can answer. Good luck!
Cheers fingers crossed, got all my eggs in this basket will be gutted if I'm rejected.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Hi I've passed my selection with an A yesterday the only thing was I was deffered under medical grounds I used drugs when I was younger about 7 8 years ago and also on a broken cheek bone that happened 13 years ago and I've no on going issues, I've to see a specialist for this. Any ideas if this will stop me from joining?
The drug use may be more of an issue than the fractured cheek bon.

Are there any plates or screws still in place after the repair?
 

LouiseD

Swinger
Hi I was wondering if I could get some help as I cannot find this information on the website and cannot call up as it is the weekend.

I have been diagnosed with costochondritis, this is when the cartilage at the end of your ribs near the breastbone/sternum inflames and it causes a sharp pain, sometimes I need to stop for it to go away but I have never used painkillers for it beforehand the exercise. It is a condition that goes away by itself usually when I stop growing.

I was wondering as I am 16 and hoping to join HARROGATE this September would that still be possible as this condition is nothing to do with my respiratory system and doesn’t require long term medication and it is also not a permanent condition.
 

Fang_Farrier

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There was but they have been removed, I dont see how past drug use can be an issue when I was never an addiction.
Ah well, I'm sure it won't be a problem in the slightest then.

(there may or may not be sarcasm in this post)
 

Bob65

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I have been diagnosed with costochondritis, this is when the cartilage at the end of your ribs near the breastbone/sternum inflames and it causes a sharp pain, sometimes I need to stop for it to go away
On the plus side, that specific word does not appear in JSP950. But on the minus side, having to stop in the middle of the run for a sharp chest pain isn't going to look great at the AC.
 
Hi everyone, looking to get some information on whether this will possibly stop me from joining up? I have cronic sinusitis from a breaking my nose 4 times due to boxing and I have to use a nasal spray up to 5 times a day to be able to breath through my nose, this has been ongoing for the past 3 years. I’ve tried to cut down my usage but I can only breath through my mouth if I do. I’ve looked all over the internet and can’t find too much information on it. I’ve stopped boxing now so surgery is an option. But if I wasn’t to get surgery and continue using this spray will I fail a medical? The spray isn’t ment to be used long term but it gets me through the day.
Thanks
 
Hi everyone, looking to get some information on whether this will possibly stop me from joining up? I have cronic sinusitis from a breaking my nose 4 times due to boxing and I have to use a nasal spray up to 5 times a day to be able to breath through my nose, this has been ongoing for the past 3 years. I’ve tried to cut down my usage but I can only breath through my mouth if I do. I’ve looked all over the internet and can’t find too much information on it. I’ve stopped boxing now so surgery is an option. But if I wasn’t to get surgery and continue using this spray will I fail a medical? The spray isn’t ment to be used long term but it gets me through the day.
Thanks
I couldn't tell you about how it might affect you joining up, but as someone who suffers from this (ironically my doctor also thinks it was caused by the broken nose I get whilst serving) I can give you some advice.
Firstly, stop using the spray...NOW!
Before I started to get 'real' medical treatment for it, I too was using sprays. It may feel like it helps, but this is a very bad idea as it screws up the capillaries in your nose. You nose will feel very blocked and uncomfortable for a few days after you stop but will then clear up after. Think of it as nasal cold turkey.
Secondly, get yourself one of these - NasaKleen Squeezie

Use it twice a day, every day. this will help clear out the clag in your nasal passage and stop it getting infected (causing the sinusitis). It will feel horrible to use at first, but you will get used to it. Do not use it without the sachets, it will hurt.
Thirdly, try steaming, there are plenty of vids on YouTube about this, and you won't have to do this everyday.
And lastly, if you have 'proper' chronic sinusitis i.e. you face swells up horribly, toothache and other random facial pains, go and see your doctor now. You will be given anti-biotics and possibly steroids.
I would also add that until I saw my civvy doctor my fitness had suffered quite a bit whilst I was in due to my broken nose affecting airflow (it had almost closed one nostril). I wasn't aware it was this at the time, but from being very fit and having great stamina, I got worse and worse. I would think that you may be in the same boat and your fitness may be affected by a broken nose. Ask your doctor for advice.
And good luck!

P.S. Also try using anti-histamines (hayfever tablets) as pollen can play havoc with sinusitis sufferers.
 
I have astigmatism in my left eye and although I can see perfectly fine with glasses/contact lenses,I am worried that having astigmatism will bar me from being able to serv and was wondering if this is true? It doesn't seem to be listed in the eye disorders that will DQ me but I just want to make sure.
 
Try the medical thread.
 

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