stellarpanther said:I once had a doctor who was involved with approving recruiting medicals and I asked him a question about a medical condition my friend had. His response without elaborating was that some people are way to open about things. Answer the questions honestly but sometimes the way a person answers the question can make the difference was all I was told.
Harris said:So your advising people to be less than truthful when applying? Shake your head. I've had to deal with troops who were less than truthful and guess how that ended? A lot of admin and they were either RTU or released. True story, I had a soldier on two separate Infantry BMQ's, one was allergic to dirt and the other was allergic to sun.
stellarpanther said:No, shake your head. You either need an eye exam, new glasses or improvement with reading comprehension. I bolded the part you should look at again.
PuckChaser said:Did you need the personal attack or would a simple clarification suffice? I had to re-read your message to get what you meant, CBH99 had a good clarification.
Harris said:OK. I'll say my bad for the shake your head comment. Not required. But you ticked me off with your comment about being too open. "some people are way to open about things. Answer the questions honestly but sometimes the way a person answers the question can make the difference was all I was told." Since none of us (with very few exceptions) are Doctors when we join the CAF, Isn't it better to tell the Dr. interviewing you everything and let them judge whether it was a factor or not? As for the way a person answers a question makes a difference statement, I'm not sure exactly what your getting at here. Can you give me an example, because the way I took it was you were advocating to tell the Dr. the minimum so that your application isn't impacted. If this is not your intent please elaborate how two different answers can make a difference. Personally I don't believe anyone on this site should be giving any advice to perspective recruits about medical issues/concerns/interviews.
stellarpanther said:To try to answer your question I will use a personal example. When my son was young he was hit with a baseball and suffered a concussion, because of his young age the doctor at the hospital didn't want to do a CT scan because of the radiation but wanted imaging done and instead was able to quickly get an MRI within a couple hours. Thankfully he was fine. Years later he started getting headaches which doctors diagnosed as tension headaches and a second MRI was done to make sure there was nothing going on. Again, nothing found.
There is a question on the medical that asks if you suffer headaches and if yes, is selected you explain. He explained about being hit with a baseball when he was 7 and having a concussion and the way mentioned, the doctor who is basically reading a paper thought it was a recent injury. Luckily, I had a good repour with my MO who was good friends with the (RMO?), recruiting doctor and called him and explained the situation better and after that doctor called my son the issue was cleared up in a few minutes. What they are looking for in that question is whether these headaches are occurring for an unknown reason and will they affect you from doing your job. Everyone gets tension heads, some more often than others but it's rare that they would result in a medical denial. The doctor told him he should have just said no because the cause had already been diagnosed and his doctor was not concerned. Sometimes too much info is a bad thing. The doctor made that comment.
I hope this clears up my original comment.
CanadianTire said:I have sort of a similar story. I had asthma has a kid; it slowly faded away over the year to the point that when I signed up I had no problems doing physical activity and had not used an inhale in about five or so years. I mentioned that I used to have asthma and it took my a further two years and multiple tests to get sworn in.
By Salynn Boyles
FROM THE WEBMD ARCHIVES
May 22, 2003 -- Many children with asthma appear to outgrow the disease by their mid- to late teens. While they may seem to be cured, a new study suggests one out of three will have a recurrence of asthma symptoms by their mid 20s.
"It is likely that during adolescence, asthma subsides to the point where airway inflammation is minimal and does not cause symptoms," lead researcher Robin Taylor, MD, of the University of Otago School of Medicine says in a news release. "Patients who have a relapse likely have had a change in environment that provokes airway inflammation to the point where asthma symptoms recur."
Some 17 million Americans have asthma -- caused by narrowing airways and airway blockage from inflammation. Allergy triggers and other environmental influences often trigger asthma attacks.
Taylor and colleagues followed more than 1,000 New Zealand children from birth to age 26. More than 170 of them had asthma during childhood -- but 40% of these were free of asthma symptoms by age 18. The findings were reported at this week's American Thoracic Society International Conference in Seattle.
However, by age 21, one in four of the symptom-free young adults reported a recurrence of their asthma, and roughly 35% had relapsed by age 26.
The young adults who had a history of allergies seemed to be the ones most likely to relapse, says Taylor. This tendency towards allergic reactions appears to make the airways in the lungs sensitive to allergy triggers in the environment.
"What we are learning is that asthma is a chronic disease, and even if a person is symptom free it does not mean that the ongoing inflammation that causes the disease isn't still happening," American Thoracic Society president Homer A. Boushey, MD, tells WebMD. "People with a history of asthma need to be aware that they are at risk for recurrence, even if they think they are cured."
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