Medical appeal - spontaneous pneumothorax

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Hi all,

I was recently rejected from entry to the reserves due to a small spontaneous pneumothorax I suffered 11 years ago (in 2008) when I was a heavy smoker and led an unhealthy lifestyle. The occurrence of a pneumothorax increases the likelihood or recurrence. When I got the diagnosis I stopped smoking and started leading an increasingly active lifestyle. I'm now a personal trainer and go to the gym daily doing intense physical exercise, and am involved in a number of physically demanding activities outside of the gym (bouldering etc) with no recurrence.

I took a spirometry test during assessment at Lichfield and scored 124% of the average for my height and age.

I appealed the decision, sending in a covering letter detailing this, as well as a letter from my GP stating that there had been no recurrence or symptoms in the years since, and a letter of recommendation from the Staff Sergeant at my local reserves centre stating that I always complete the physical tasks without issue during the training, and that I was willing to take any other test they deemed necessary.

My appeal was rejected because of the potential for recurrence.

I have another two appeals left, which I will certainly take, but I don't hold too much hope for the decision being overturned.

Does anyone have any experience with this situations or any ideas of how best to proceed to maximise my chances?

Thanks in advance.
 
If only there were a special thread for these matters
 
You need fresh, MEDICAL EVIDENCE, that you are fit to join the army and meet the entry criteria.

Q1 - do you meet the entry criteria?
 
I did try looking for a more appropriate thread on which to post this.

I do - I passed all the tests throughout assessment but my medical forms hadn't been received by that stage (due to my local GP surgery being useless), so I got a conditional pass, then was rejected when they received them.

If I went to a respiratory specialist, got tested, and sent the results and written testimony from the specialist saying that there's no more chance of recurrence than if I'd never had the pneumothorax in the first place, would this be enough to overturn the decision?
 
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