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Why what are you hiding?


Essentially the same medical but this time they have your complete medical records at their fingertips. So any mistruths or undisclosed material will come to light.

Oh and they will stick lots of needles in your disgusting civvie arm.

Don’t flap.

Enjoy.
nah, just want to be as prepared as possible so I want to know what to expect.
 
Two questions:

1) Did you have any surgery to reduce the pressure on your brain at all?

2) Does your hairdresser charge you petrol money when grooming your big dome?
Haha no never had surgery as they’re was never any pressure or problems from what I’ve found out they’re was a little fluid they just done a few brain scans to
Monitor then signed me off the doctor was happy there was no pressure on the brain and no blockage etc it has never cause me any problems and I didn’t even know I was born with it till they told me I’d been deferred for it. And as to the next question I’m sure he adds a little on the charge for having to spend so much time on the dome haha
 
Got a copy of my medical notes today combed through them the official diagnosis is bingin external mild hydrocephalus the doctor noticed my head was to big for my age so he done a CT scan and saw some fluid causing no pressure or problems. For 2 years until I was 3 he monitored the fluid and with each scan he was happier until signing me off at 3 years old saying my head was now a normal size with no treatment and no problems that I was a happy healthy child anyone know any more info if it's likely to get in I read that infant hydrocephalus can be mared P2 fit for unrestricted service does anyone know if any lads got in with similar circumstances also anyone know how long I could be looking at waiting for a decision thanks
 
Sorry to hear about that.

Manage your expectations is my advice.

Any history of eating disorders or any other psychiatric disorder is likely to be significant issue with regard medical suitability to join. It doesn’t bode well I’m afraid.

Best of luck.

Thanks for your reply its was seven years ago it lasted for four months if you were lucky and that was the end of it wasn't in hospital or anything serious. the specialist I saw thought it might have been just a stress related thing but since all those years ago nothing has ever reoccurred.
 
Thanks for your reply its was seven years ago it lasted for four months if you were lucky and that was the end of it wasn't in hospital or anything serious. the specialist I saw thought it might have been just a stress related thing but since all those years ago nothing has ever reoccurred.
The important thing is that you are in a much better place now.

Always remember to keep perspective & if this doesn’t go your way there are plenty of other career paths you can follow.

Obviously the only person that’ll be able to give solid information will be the medical officer/doctor that reviews your case. All I am advising is that you manage your expectations.

An eating disorder is a psychiatric disorder defined by abnormal eating habits. So by saying it was stress related is neither here nor there.

Point being- the Army does not like to take risks with medical standards. The basic point being- if your reaction to extreme stress was to develop an eating disorder then the military may not be for you.

But best of luck.
 
The important thing is that you are in a much better place now.

Always remember to keep perspective & if this doesn’t go your way there are plenty of other career paths you can follow.

Obviously the only person that’ll be able to give solid information will be the medical officer/doctor that reviews your case. All I am advising is that you manage your expectations.

An eating disorder is a psychiatric disorder defined by abnormal eating habits. So by saying it was stress related is neither here nor there.

Point being- the Army does not like to take risks with medical standards. The basic point being- if your reaction to extreme stress was to develop an eating disorder then the military may not be for you.

But best of luck.

I understand the Army have strict guidelines to join as they wouldn't want to be responsible for anything that could happen to me under certain circumstances. I just know myself and so do many others it was seven years ago it wasn't life treating nor has it reoccurred or ever will was just a bad four months but now I deal with things alot differently and have grew up mentally and physically I'm ready for this career path and I know I can do it. Your right I should look at different career paths as its the Army who decides. I would just like them to see me for themselves instead of judging by paper but that's life.

Cheers
 
They will look at your appeal. The evidence will talk for itself

Sadly you or doctors do not know how you will behave under extreme stress/ exposure to trauma. What they do know is you have a history of an eating disorder triggered by a response to unpleasant life events.

Personally, I wouldn’t get your hopes up as this is a psychiatric issue they rarely gamble with.
 
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What they do know is you have a history of an eating disorder triggered by a response to unpleasant life events.
Actually, they don't know that, nor do we. Whilst Anorexia Nervosa is commonly referred to as simply Anorexia, there is a difference in medical terminology between the two, and anorexia, properly applied, merely means a loss of appetite for any reason. So when Teenybash says
I just couldnt eat reason being I went skinny not because I wanted to ...
to me that suggests that it is not Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder, but anorexia, a loss of appetite.
 
Actually, they don't know that, nor do we. Whilst Anorexia Nervosa is commonly referred to as simply Anorexia, there is a difference in medical terminology between the two, and anorexia, properly applied, merely means a loss of appetite for any reason. So when Teenybash says
to me that suggests that it is not Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder, but anorexia, a loss of appetite.

Thanks for your reply I hope they can see by my evidence I gathered from different professionals that I might have a shot but the Army professionals are the ones who know best.
 
Thanks for your reply I hope they can see by my evidence I gathered from different professionals that I might have a shot but the Army professionals are the ones who know best.
Best of luck! I am also waiting to hear back on a medical appeal and while it is tough at the end of the day the medical standards are what they are for a reason. For me, even though I really want this, the best thing has been to create a really awesome "plan B" for if I can't join the army. If I don't get to Sandhurst then my plan is to go and teach abroad in International Schools in East Asia somewhere.
 
Best of luck! I am also waiting to hear back on a medical appeal and while it is tough at the end of the day the medical standards are what they are for a reason. For me, even though I really want this, the best thing has been to create a really awesome "plan B" for if I can't join the army. If I don't get to Sandhurst then my plan is to go and teach abroad in International Schools in East Asia somewhere.

Best of luck with your appeal yes I think looking for plan B would be useful also even if it's not what we want but got to think ahead and be positive. All the best in the future.
 
Actually, they don't know that, nor do we. Whilst Anorexia Nervosa is commonly referred to as simply Anorexia, there is a difference in medical terminology between the two, and anorexia, properly applied, merely means a loss of appetite for any reason. So when Teenybash says
to me that suggests that it is not Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder, but anorexia, a loss of appetite.
Nice positive outlook.

Be careful of raising false hopes though.

@Teenybash91 the only person who can confirm anything will be the medical examiner that reviews your case.

@Joe_Private

Let’s hope so. However top tip when discussing medical standards. We are all guilty of it. It’s best not to get drawn into a little cul-de-sac of specific condition. Take a step back at look at the bigger picture.

When looking a little wider you’ll be reminded that emotional stability will be assessed by the examining medical officer in the case.

Whilst there is no adequate group test for temperament or personality and reliance must be placed on medical history, of which in this case there appears to be considerable evidence. But this is all just experience based opinion.

Remember- what ever happens you’ve come through a dark time. Keep pushing forward even if this isn’t for you.

Stay happy & healthy.


“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.”
 
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... Let’s hope so. However top tip when discussing medical standards. We are all guilty of it. It’s best not to get drawn into a little cul-de-sac of specific condition. Take a step back at look at the bigger picture.

When looking a little wider you’ll be reminded that emotional stability will be assessed by the examining medical officer in the case...
Emotional stability should not be an issue in her case. You appear to have gone down another of your cul-de-sacs.
 
Folks- moving forward with facts here.

All examining doctors at the pre employment phase will have a good knowledge of mental health matters with regards to joining.

The candidate’s history will determine whether a recruit with a previous history of a psychiatric or behavioural condition is fit for Army service. You are doing the right thing by preparing a plan B.

Very best of luck.
 
Just a quick one guys, in due to start my phase 1 tomorrow, although last week I sliced my finger and had to get stitches. Got the stitches out today but the wound hasn’t closed right. What i’m wondering is, will this wound effect me being able to start my training?
 
Just a quick one guys, in due to start my phase 1 tomorrow, although last week I sliced my finger and had to get stitches. Got the stitches out today but the wound hasn’t closed right. What i’m wondering is, will this wound effect me being able to start my training?
Hmm.

It might. More info needed.

When you say the wound hasn’t closed right, what do you mean exactly. Is it causing you pain or discomfort?

Does it appear red, inflamed or swollen?

Have you been back to the doctors? Do you have sutures, staples, adhesive dressings, tapes or glue?

In the meantime good personal admin will definitely help. Keep it clean, don’t touch or scratch the wound & eat well.

If the doctor at the medical suspects it’ll get worse with rigours of training then there might be a delay.
 
Slight pain but not bad enough that I can’t move it. Slight redness. Doctor has put paper stitches over it to hopefully help it.

Yea I’ll keep it clean and sterile and ensure it doesn’t get worse.

Just really hoping they don’t end up sending me home. A week in the med centre will hopefully be the worst outcome
 
Might be an infection. Really common & often clears up quickly. It only happened last week.

Chances are you’ll be fine. They don’t tend to bed down a new starter for the likes of that so prepare yourself for that if it’s really concerning you’ll be sent away.

A key drill is keeping it dry. Getting wet (very common in basic) could soften the scar tissue and cause your wound to reopen.

If it’s healing properly and is just a bit red it shouldn’t be any problem.

Regardless you are definitely not getting binned. So whether or not you stay this week or not you on the great conveyer belt that is basic . Enjoy and keep smiling.
 

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