Question regarding medical and headaches

#1
Hey, I have applied to join the RNR and am just waiting on a date for my interview, but in the meantime I am worried about my medical. I have had bouts of headaches and my GP thinks they are a type of headache called cluster headaches, which is episodes of very severe headaches, however, are not migraines. I have only ever had 2 of these episodes in my life with the latest being a year ago. My GP was unable to find the cause of the headaches so I was sent away for an MRI test which came back with the all clear and that I have no neurological problems so the doctor has just put the reason as unknown and could not confirm the diagnosis. I think I can personally put the headaches down to excessive amounts of alcohol as both of the times these headaches occurred I was drinking heavily but I am worried that my past with these headaches might bar me from entry. Do you think that the letter outlining the results of the MRI that I am clear of anything that would affect my health would be enough as medical evidence to help me get through the medical?
Thanks to anyone who has any idea or advice
 

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#2
Severe headaches requiring medical treatment and investigation tend to be viewed with caution. If it was a hangover from excessive alcohol, most people hydrate & take an aspirin rather than have a brain scan.

Again, the only person qualified to give advice in this area is the AFCO Medical Examiner. My guess is that they may well want to see a period of two or more years symptom-free, similar to migraine.
 
#3
Thanks very much for the reply
The drinking would have triggered something in my head as the headaches happen a few times a day for a week or 2, not just a hungover feeling. That’s the only thing I can think of that triggers them unless there was something neurologically wrong that’s not there now.

I spoke to my AFCO and they said that with the medical evidence I should be fine as it is evidence that I don’t have any symptoms and am all clear. I’m just over worrying about it and need to wait for thget medical just
 
#4
Thanks for the thread!
This is my situation if you could help, I had a bout of migraines or headaches, not entirely sure for about 3 months (1 a month) and ended up seeing my GP about it, she prescribed Triptans but since I haven't had a single one (nearly 2 months), I have put in my application now for warfare specialist however they are on my medical record, i guess it's just a case of be completely honest and their judgment is final.
 
#5
Thanks for the thread!
This is my situation if you could help, I had a bout of migraines or headaches, not entirely sure for about 3 months (1 a month) and ended up seeing my GP about it, she prescribed Triptans but since I haven't had a single one (nearly 2 months), I have put in my application now for warfare specialist however they are on my medical record, i guess it's just a case of be completely honest and their judgment is final.
I have recently just got the results back from my medical and got PMU for headaches and another medical condition. Looked into it and all I need to be is 2 years free before I can reapply again (next March) and even though I had the triptons aswell, it’s after the 2 year mark so I don’t need to bring it up in the medical and isn’t a bar from entry after that length of time.
If you have already applied I reackon they will do to you as they did to me and make you PMU untill those 2 years have passed.
Hope this helps
 
#6
I have recently just got the results back from my medical and got PMU for headaches and another medical condition. Looked into it and all I need to be is 2 years free before I can reapply again (next March) and even though I had the triptons aswell, it’s after the 2 year mark so I don’t need to bring it up in the medical and isn’t a bar from entry after that length of time.
If you have already applied I reackon they will do to you as they did to me and make you PMU untill those 2 years have passed.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the quick reply!

This a bit annoying as I cancelled an application back in november before I had them, and after having them once or twice I saw the doctor. I haven't taken any preventative measure or drugs I was prescribed and I exercise the same amount as I did before, they just seem to have passed. The headaches themselves normally only lasted for roughly an hour or two and normally could continue working once the aura had passed. It's just a bit of a setback really! Ah well, I'll go through and see what they say! If I get setback I'll just have to deal with it!
 
#7
Thanks for the quick reply!

This a bit annoying as I cancelled an application back in november before I had them, and after having them once or twice I saw the doctor. I haven't taken any preventative measure or drugs I was prescribed and I exercise the same amount as I did before, they just seem to have passed. The headaches themselves normally only lasted for roughly an hour or two and normally could continue working once the aura had passed. It's just a bit of a setback really! Ah well, I'll go through and see what they say! If I get setback I'll just have to deal with it!
If they didn’t stop you from doing things then there’s always the option to appeal. Mine stopped me from doing basic things like school and work and lasted a long time so were quite a severe headache. It really depends if on your medical records it’s down as a headache or a migraine. If it’s only a headache and you were still going about daily activities you may have the grounds for an appeal but if it’s a migraine there is less as a chance and that’s the specific type of headache the medical standards mention as a bar to entry.
Wish you the best of luck because I know how horrible it is too wait haha

Also even if you didn’t take the drugs/tablets the fact they were prescribed Is taken into account as I got a repeat prescription in October and Capita reported that as the last time I had headache related illness, not in March when I actually did so be careful what medicine you order.
 
#8
Thank you for your help!
The only time I went to the doctor about them was the 25/04/18, that'll be the one on my record and likely set the 2 year mark. I did say the word migraine and discussed them as that with my GP. There fore I guess I'm going to struggle!

Better get on those job sites again
 

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