All medical chat and queries in here. Please don't start a new one for every single medical question.

You ask on arrse?:eek:

Ask the Army careers office, who will be better informed and might get you to see a ophthalmologist .
They will be able to advise better, as most on here failed FY1 & 2 and never qualified as Doctors by the GMC.
 
Obvious answer is, go the route and apply that way you will know for sure.
Astigmatism in most case can be put right with Lasik, bloody expensive though.
 
It didn't stop me.
 

still staggin

War Hero
I can't see having been somewhere else hot and sandy will stop you joining, out of interest where is astigmatism ?.
 

morsk

LE
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.
I have one and I am in.
 

Yokel

LE
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.
They may be better threads for this.

Astigmatism is acceptable within limits. It is interesting you mention your left eye, as for all measures (visual acuity both aided and unaided and corrective lens strengths) the right eye needs to meet higher limits - presumably due to firing a rifle right handed.

I too have asigmatism - but different services and trades will have different limits.
 

Bob65

Old-Salt
Ask the Army careers office, who will be better informed and might get you to see a ophthalmologist .
They will not (be better informed). But they will give you a 1-page form for your optometrist to fill in, which then goes to Capita to be evaluated.
 
They will not (be better informed). But they will give you a 1-page form for your optometrist to fill in, which then goes to Capita to be evaluated.
Well you asked on Arrse so you might not get what you want!!
The fact Crapita sought your application out is different to my days.
 

DJRenegade

Swinger
Hi,
Yes it flared a couple of years after I left. I was in for 3 years.
I get that respiratory problems are a no-no but this never affected me other than being mildly uncomfortable, I was still able to do my job and play 5-a-side.
So I first got "Costacondritis" about 2 years after I left and I had it once, each winter, lasting for a week or so at a time for 3 years ending around 2010. I quit smoking around 2011 and stopped getting it, dunno if this is just a coincidence or linked. I moved to a different part of the country 4 years ago and started smoking again, this lasted maybe 2 months before I gave up again as it made me feel like crap, this also coincides with the last time I had "Costacondritis". Each time I had it the pain/discomfort lasted a few days to a week max.
[EDIT] Another note of potential coincidental importance. The first times I got the pain ('08-'10), I rented a house that had a pretty bad damp/mould issue that got worse in the winter months. We moved out of this house in the summer of 2011.

The reason I have put costacondritis in quotation marks is because I am not entirely sure that is what I had. Each time I went into the doctors after my initial diagnosis I explained that it felt similar (Note: This doesnt mean exactly the same) to what I was first diagnosed with and they just prescribed me some anti-inflammatory pills and painkillers. However after looking it up, the area I got the pain doesn't fit the diagnosis. Costacondritis pain should be around the Sternum if I am not mistaken but the pain was more under around the lower ribcage on my right hand side. It probably feels more akin to a stitch if I were to describe it with no prior knowledge of my initial diagnosis. Google tells me I am probably dying so I don't even know what the alternative could be.

The initial diagnosis might have been correct though as I seem to remember getting the chest pain after having the flu and the doc saying it may have been caused by the cough I had but even then I remember the pain was down one side of my chest and not in the middle.

For the past 12 months I have been doing various training in prep for the selection, more recently is the Charity MMA thing (2 hours twice a week), there is a running club that does HIIT (1.5 hours once a week) and I have been running myself 2-3 miles a week. Other than that I have also been doing various other moderate/mild exercises during the week. I would say I exercise for around 8-9 hours a week in total, 6-7 hours of which is pretty intense.
Prior to my recent change in training regime (which happened 3 months ago) I was running 2-5 miles twice a week and doing circuit/interval training twice a week this was probably for 6-9 months. The only pain I have had during this is from aching muscles lol and a stitch, nothing else. I have been going at it pretty hard and I feel great, I was excited for selection as I believe I would currently smash the fitness.

I just want to make sure I correctly follow the appeals procedure. If what you say is true and Costacondritis cannot be cured and only managed then surely there is a way to say whether or not I have it. Unless I misunderstood.

I don't want to miss out on the career I want because I may have incorrectly described something to the doctor and if I can prove it I want that opportunity. I came to ask for advice on the kinds of evidence they want to see in the appeal, as the woman on the phone was very vague in saying I needed to see my GP and get them to write a letter explaining their thoughts on it.
I have thought of going to see a specialist but don't know exactly what kinds of "evidence" they are wanting.

Thanks for the replies so far.

Got word today that my medical appeal was successful and it only took them 2 weeks after receiving it to make the decision :D

I couldn't get my original GP to even entertain the idea that he was wrong in his initial assessment when he sent off my application so I went through the process of changing GPs. Since there wasn't much to do in the way of providing medical evidence about my so called "condition" my new GP gave me a full look over and then wrote that in his opinion my first GP was mistaken and that he didn't believe there would be an issue.
It worked :D

Now awaiting my date for selection which is being rushed though :D Fingers crossed I will have a job offer within the next month :D
 

Hibbsy

Swinger

Got word today that my medical appeal was successful and it only took them 2 weeks after receiving it to make the decision :D

I couldn't get my original GP to even entertain the idea that he was wrong in his initial assessment when he sent off my application so I went through the process of changing GPs. Since there wasn't much to do in the way of providing medical evidence about my so called "condition" my new GP gave me a full look over and then wrote that in his opinion my first GP was mistaken and that he didn't believe there would be an issue.
It worked :D

Now awaiting my date for selection which is being rushed though :D Fingers crossed I will have a job offer within the next month :D
That’s really good news.
Can I ask how you worded your appeal letter? I’m going through a similar problem but with a once only rash on my hand 8 years ago which was entered on my records as eczema, the doctor has written to say it was unlikely eczema but my first appeal got rejected. I’m wondering if we’re writing the appeal all wrong. I have an appointment with a dermatologist and have sent a complaint to the GP to have my medical records amended. But I’m wondering how to word my next appeal.
 

DJRenegade

Swinger
That’s really good news.
Can I ask how you worded your appeal letter? I’m going through a similar problem but with a once only rash on my hand 8 years ago which was entered on my records as eczema, the doctor has written to say it was unlikely eczema but my first appeal got rejected. I’m wondering if we’re writing the appeal all wrong. I have an appointment with a dermatologist and have sent a complaint to the GP to have my medical records amended. But I’m wondering how to word my next appeal.
I didn't write too much myself to be honest. I just explained my reason for personally thinking the original decision was a mistake. In my rejection I was given an extract from the JSP950 that had been used when making the decision, so I broke that down and explained how each and every bit of it didn't apply to me. I then explained that I had done a lot of physical training recently and the issue had not come back.
I finished the letter off explaining that I had seen my GP and that I had enclosed his letter in my appeal.

Since I didn't get as far as a second appeal all I can think is that you do exactly what you are doing, see an expert, get the records changed etc. I think the appeal is more about the evidence you provide than the way you write the letter, I am terrible at writing letters ;) Did your appeal rejection give you a breakdown on how they reached the decision? Maybe ask if not, and if it did I would use this when gathering evidence for stage 2.

I hope everything works out for you, after some of the comments I received on here with regards to my appeal I struggled to get my hopes up, but anything can happen! :)
 

Drobs

Crow
I’ve just received a letter back after returning my gp forms and have been requested to do a 12 week diary of run times and distances including hill walks carrying weight.
I have already been doing this type of training and have my Strava account with it recorded. Does anybody know if this will be accepted? I’m going to send it in anyway and see what they say just wanted to know if anybody has similar experience. I’ve applied for 4 para and I’m 38 so was wanting to get on the June cadre as time is running out for me.
 

Hibbsy

Swinger
I didn't write too much myself to be honest. I just explained my reason for personally thinking the original decision was a mistake. In my rejection I was given an extract from the JSP950 that had been used when making the decision, so I broke that down and explained how each and every bit of it didn't apply to me. I then explained that I had done a lot of physical training recently and the issue had not come back.
I finished the letter off explaining that I had seen my GP and that I had enclosed his letter in my appeal.

Since I didn't get as far as a second appeal all I can think is that you do exactly what you are doing, see an expert, get the records changed etc. I think the appeal is more about the evidence you provide than the way you write the letter, I am terrible at writing letters ;) Did your appeal rejection give you a breakdown on how they reached the decision? Maybe ask if not, and if it did I would use this when gathering evidence for stage 2.

I hope everything works out for you, after some of the comments I received on here with regards to my appeal I struggled to get my hopes up, but anything can happen! :)
Thanks for the advice, yeah that’s pretty much how I wrote my first letter. I’ve also got another letter from the gp for the second appeal so hopefully I should have enough this time. Keeping my fingers crossed.
 
I have it also in left eye,but somehow still sneaked in. It was my ineptitude, lack of self discipline and cynical disrespect for authority that should have kept me out.

Good luck mate, I hope it doesn't stand in your way.
 
I have it also in left eye,but somehow still sneaked in. It was my ineptitude, lack of self discipline and cynical disrespect for authority that should have kept me out.

Good luck mate, I hope it doesn't stand in your way.
Did you tell them you have astigmatism or just hope it didn't pop up in your medical?
 
The second option...
I only discovered it myself when I was sort of 'intermittently short sighted', which was my left eye struggling to focus under old fashioned fluorescent lighting.
 
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Didn't stop me but then I wore my lenses for the medical and didn't tell anyone:mrgreen: CLF
Blind as a ******* bat
 

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