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Gixer600Dan

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Yo...i have to do a lung function test soon down at Portsmouth. I have a brief idea of whats happening, but does anybody know in detail what happens?

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Presumably you have a history of asthma, have been prescribed inhalers and have appealed against the decision you are deemed unfit for service because you have been prescribed an inhaler within the last 4 years?

If that's the case, then you will undergo a series of tests to affirm your assertion that you do not have asthma involving strenuous exercise, O2 lung function transfer measurement, lung capacity tests & suchlike.

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Well actually no i didnt have asthma, i had a chest infection, that i thought was asthma (this is when i was 5 im now nearly 19) so yeah i told them i had asthma by mistake. So i did a peak flow reading for a month (good results i was told "yes there good, the consistent" a couple of months later "the doctor wants you to do a lung function test because your results are inconsistent"...well what a load of bull. I was told that ill be stuck on a running machine or bike machine for 15 minutes? And i didnt appeal because it never arisen (right word? i dont know haha) as a problem.
 

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I've been told to take a peak flow test aswell, I don't know how there going to tell if i have asthma or not i keep getting the same reading all the time thats 700, and I bet their going to do the same to me and keep wasting time when i could be doing my bloody pjft this week, this sh!t is really pissing me off.
 

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I feel your pain, im getting piffed around like a little bee hatch. I have no doubt in my mind that they will lose your results (photocopied mine luckly, just incase they did) and make you do the function test in Portsmouth (why i couldnt do it at local hospital i dont know). They wont believe the results you put down if there that high (same as mine) and there just pure timewasters. Wasted my dads time when he applied, now mine. At least i know for sure its not just me.
 

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Well actually no i didnt have asthma, i had a chest infection, that i thought was asthma (this is when i was 5 im now nearly 19) so yeah i told them i had asthma by mistake.

So you thought you had asthma, but it wasn't asthma you've since decided after mistakenly telling the Medical Examiner (ME)you had asthma. The ME has no option to further investigate.

So i did a peak flow reading for a month (good results i was told "yes there good, the consistent" a couple of months later "the doctor wants you to do a lung function test because your results are inconsistent"...well what a load of bull. I was told that ill be stuck on a running machine or bike machine for 15 minutes? And i didnt appeal because it never arisen (right word? i dont know haha) as a problem.

Possibly your results were a good indicator that were consistent with an asthma sufferer?

Either way, rather than play games with words:

You told the Medical Examiner (ME) you had childhood asthma, the ME has no option other than to investigate as your surviving family will get rather miffed if you die in training as a result of a declared medical condition.

You had a consistent set of peak flow test results which were further investigated by a specialist who may have noticed inconsistencies that require more investigation.

Further tests are subsequently declared necessary.

When all's said & done, far rather you are thoroughly checked fit for service now than later discovering the potentially dire consequences are later revealed in Recruit Training. If, as you say, you're completely free from asthma then there's absolutely nothing to be lost by undergoing further tests that give you, your family & your future military family every confidence in your fitness to serve.

Good luck.
 

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Cheers for the advise will definatly photocopy mine, got the medical on the 6th august then she will tell me what then, apparently this is a new thing before they wernt so strict, I bet back in ww2 they wouldn't of given a sh!t *text deleted*
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Cheers Ninja, and cheers PainBoy, i wish you good luck too, yeah dont forget to photocopy haha. Nice one and Good Luck again. Yeah because a couple of years ago i had no problems but was attending college instead so delayed it (wish i just went for it now!)
 

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Ugh, I hope i dont have to go through this too. My application started at the end of february. i had my presentation, then my psych test, but because i have served in the army (briefly), my med documents had to be applied for which i was told would take 2 months max. I went in, after being fobbed off with excuses over the phone, to see what was up and they had forgot to send them off (3months passed now). now i have to wait ANOTHER 2 months or so for those to be sent back. meanwhile, last year, i was prescribed an inhaler after finding myself short of breath after chest infection and rugby injury (ribs). *text deleted* never used it and she said (doctor) that im not asthmatic but gave me one (inhaler) just in case.

I made an appointment with the doc, last month, to see if it (inhaler) would effect my application and he said i wouldnt have to mention it. Meanwhile my motivation and morale has been like a bit of a rollercoaster. *text deleted* never doubted that i want to join the marines, i've just been frustrated about being messed around and kept in the dark etc for over 5 months. Basically i will be VERY unhappy if i have to wait yet ANOTHER 4 months if i have to go through all this at medical.

I suppose it'l be worth it all in the end

Sorry for the essay and thanks for reading.
 

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Good luck Gidion, well just letting you all know, that ive been told that ive passed it. Ive just come back from Portsmouth where they test you, the train journey sucked.
 

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Well...it was a dark and stormy night, the winds where howling and...ok then. Well you get down there, check in and then youre put in this room where you stay the night (like a prison cell, exept theres no T.V haha), you can leave your room to wander round wherever but i couldnt be arsed. Then you catch some minibus to the INM (Institute of Navel Medicine...or whatever) then you sit in a room where this crazy doctor guy is briefing you on whats happening, why, if and buts and NO maybe's. They take your weight, height, a quick questionaire on your lung life (smoker, chesty stuff you know...). Then into 'the room' in 'the room' is a little booth with some breathing appartatus, tubes etc. You take a seat and do several breathing exercies which are recorded on the computer, for example - normal breathing then INNNN as far as you can and OUT as hard as you can,...panting as well (wierd stuff) and you also go on a bike with a oxygen mask thing on for about 8 minutes on a reasonable level to get you out of breath a bit, then you calm your breathing for about a minute then go back on the machine in the booth and redo your previous exercises to see the results. Then a second guy comes in say 'yes these are good, your acceptable for entry' or 'no your sh*t now get out my surgery you low life scum bag'. Mine was NOT the latter. Hope it helps...probably does'nt....HOLY CRAP ive never wrote anything this long before. And by the way i havent read this through for spelling mistake's so NEHHH! Good luck.
 

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