Underactivethyroid??

#1
Hi I'm pretty new to this site but hope someone could give me some advice.

I've been in the TA for just over a year now and would like to join the regulars, unfortunately I've recently been diagnosed with an uderactive thyroid. I'm not on meds but have been told that I will be within a year.

I've never had any probs with exercise and I've passed all my recruits training with flying colours. I spoke "off the record" with one of the unit medics and he said I wont get discharged from unit but might not get accepted into the regs because of it.

I'm afraid to officially apply for a regular position incase I do get discharged completely but at the same time I dont want to give up on a full time army career.

If anyone knows the score on this I'd really appreciate some advice. If it makes any difference I'm female and RAMC.

Cheers, Saph
 
#2
Tough call. Although this doesn't answer your question, the Royal Marines Reserve have a full-time reservist thing, were you basically work as a full-time commando though still technically a reservist, do the TA have a similar scheme?

See what a high-ranking MO says.
 

DieHard

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#3
you will be given thyroxin to take every day, failure to do so could result in very rapid weight gain,brittle bones and always feeling cold and in severe cases dropping in to a coma. the good news is as long as you take the pills you will be ok my wife has been on them for 11 years and fit and healthy.
 
#4
DieHard said:
you will be given thyroxin to take every day, failure to do so could result in very rapid weight gain,brittle bones and always feeling cold and in severe cases dropping in to a coma. the good news is as long as you take the pills you will be ok my wife has been on them for 11 years and fit and healthy.
That depends on the severity of the condition
 

DieHard

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#5
true it depends on how severe but when you do take thyroxin my wife says you forget about your thyroid untill you start missing doses point being the tablet replaces whats missing and with it you ars normal and it should not interfere with your lifestyle at all
 
#6
DieHard said:
true it depends on how severe but when you do take thyroxin my wife says you forget about your thyroid untill you start missing doses point being the tablet replaces whats missing and with it you ars normal and it should not interfere with your lifestyle at all
Yeah fair play point taken. On ops, you won't have access to the meds making you unfit for service.

You'll have to see how you go mate!
 

Biped

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#8
Biscuits_AB said:
Speaking purely in a professional capacity......you're gonna die.
That's not nice AB! I would much rather you had said "You're gonna die, fat!" :D
 
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#10
Biped said:
Biscuits_AB said:
Speaking purely in a professional capacity......you're gonna die.
That's not nice AB! I would much rather you had said "You're gonna die, fat!" :D
Apologies Dr B.....I was forgetting that I required a second opinion.

OK chubby, it's confirmed, you're gonna die and worse still, you're gonna be fat when you do.
 

Biped

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#12
Yep, I've double checked my handy pocket medical hypochondriac's almanac and . . . your corpse will be fat, and sweaty, and slightly smelly.

The good news is there are always spare places for cooks.
 
#14
One day, Biscuits_ab got a letter inviting him on a holiday with Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. They loved to have adventures together. Suddenly they found themselves on a pirate ship. 'How did we get here?' asked Biscuits_ab. They looked around in surprise. 'Wow this is fabulous' said his companion, and looked around for some clues to what had happened. Suddenly a lorry was careering towards them. Biscuits_ab made a giant leap across the ravine, followed by his companion, and then to their dismay the lights went out. 'That was a close one' said Biscuits_ab , the amusement clear in his voice. 'I've got an idea' said Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. 'Let's get on these scooters and make good our escape.' They got home safely and to this day they turn around three times before going to sleep.
 

Biped

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#15
1ManRiot said:
One day, Biscuits_ab got a letter inviting him on a holiday with Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. They loved to have adventures together. Suddenly they found themselves on a pirate ship. 'How did we get here?' asked Biscuits_ab. They looked around in surprise. 'Wow this is fabulous' said his companion, and looked around for some clues to what had happened. Suddenly a lorry was careering towards them. Biscuits_ab made a giant leap across the ravine, followed by his companion, and then to their dismay the lights went out. 'That was a close one' said Biscuits_ab , the amusement clear in his voice. 'I've got an idea' said Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. 'Let's get on these scooters and make good our escape.' They got home safely and to this day they turn around three times before going to sleep.
You've really thought about this haven't you? I have not the mental capacity, nor eloquence to answer the question in the thread so well, or to define the answer so beautifully. Just one question; Was the Jolly Gerbil overweight and sweaty?
 
#16
I have a very good friend who had to have his thyroid gland removed as the result of a medical problem, he takes thyroxin daily and is currently serving in Iraq. Initially he had to jump through a number of hoops but since then has had no ill effects or restrictions on service.
 

Biped

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#17
MALDROP said:
I have a very good friend who had to have his thyroid gland removed as the result of a medical problem, he takes thyroxin daily and is currently serving in Iraq. Initially he had to jump through a number of hoops but since then has had no ill effects or restrictions on service.
My bold.

Is in the Navy, and if not, is this the latest way to get around medical issues? Who's hoops did he have to jump through, the medics, the CO? 8O
 
#18
Biped said:
1ManRiot said:
One day, Biscuits_ab got a letter inviting him on a holiday with Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. They loved to have adventures together. Suddenly they found themselves on a pirate ship. 'How did we get here?' asked Biscuits_ab. They looked around in surprise. 'Wow this is fabulous' said his companion, and looked around for some clues to what had happened. Suddenly a lorry was careering towards them. Biscuits_ab made a giant leap across the ravine, followed by his companion, and then to their dismay the lights went out. 'That was a close one' said Biscuits_ab , the amusement clear in his voice. 'I've got an idea' said Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. 'Let's get on these scooters and make good our escape.' They got home safely and to this day they turn around three times before going to sleep.
You've really thought about this haven't you? I have not the mental capacity, nor eloquence to answer the question in the thread so well, or to define the answer so beautifully. Just one question; Was the Jolly Gerbil overweight and sweaty?
If you read the thread closely and apply your own mental capacity, you will notice that this is my dig at the trolls that seem so intent on dominating this site.

The Jolly Gerbil, for the record, is a lean, ripped, fighting machine.
 

Biped

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#19
1ManRiot said:
Biped said:
1ManRiot said:
One day, Biscuits_ab got a letter inviting him on a holiday with Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. They loved to have adventures together. Suddenly they found themselves on a pirate ship. 'How did we get here?' asked Biscuits_ab. They looked around in surprise. 'Wow this is fabulous' said his companion, and looked around for some clues to what had happened. Suddenly a lorry was careering towards them. Biscuits_ab made a giant leap across the ravine, followed by his companion, and then to their dismay the lights went out. 'That was a close one' said Biscuits_ab , the amusement clear in his voice. 'I've got an idea' said Jacqui the Jolly Gerbil. 'Let's get on these scooters and make good our escape.' They got home safely and to this day they turn around three times before going to sleep.
You've really thought about this haven't you? I have not the mental capacity, nor eloquence to answer the question in the thread so well, or to define the answer so beautifully. Just one question; Was the Jolly Gerbil overweight and sweaty?
If you read the thread closely and apply your own mental capacity, you will notice that this is my dig at the trolls that seem so intent on dominating this site.

The Jolly Gerbil, for the record, is a lean, ripped, fighting machine.
Oh, that'll be me on both counts then! 8O
 
#20
Hey guys, thanks for the advice. I've got an appointment with an ex-army endocrinologist so he should be able to give me an answer either way. Also, just have to clear this up, I'm neither fat, sweaty or close to death (yet) but if this changes I'll be sure to let you know :)
 

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