Random Anaphylaxis bar from entry?

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  1. Sparkyyyy

    Sparkyyyy New Member

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    Been training for about a year now to try to join the Royal Marines as an Officer however during a run in October I randomly went into Anaphylaxis and had to go to hospital. Have had no prior attacks or known allergies and have since been tested for all the usual allergies (e.g. Nuts, Wheat) but with no reactions. Wondering if this is a complete bar from entry even though I've no idea what caused the attack (Dr thought I'd snorted an insect or something!)?

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  2. Chelonian

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    Welcome. Almost certainly the best people to give guidance on medical standards and options are @CHUB! or @Ninja_Stoker

    Bear in mind that even they might be enjoying the sunshine this weekend but no doubt one of them will spot this.

    I'm not qualified to advise but the factual content of your medical records will be crucial. Consider talking with your GP so that you have a clear understanding of what is formally recorded. Best of luck.
     
  3. CHUB!

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    On the way back from Army v Navy so head is like a bag of spanners @Secret_Squirrel Will be able to ask the question on Tuesday if not I am back in Wednesday and will ask then. :)
     
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  4. Ninja_Stoker

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    My weekend is fairly mundane compared to @CHUB! :)

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    In the interim @Sparkyyyy, you may have already had a browse through JSP950 Section 4, Annex N, paragraph 19.

    Bottom line is your GP will be requested to produce the full history, so anticipate a delay at the medical stage.

    Whilst not qualified to give definitive advice, common sense indicates that generally there's a tendency to err on the side of caution as anaphylaxis is a life threatining condition.

    If you were hospitalised, required adrenalin injection(s) or are now prescribed a precautionary epipen, the odds are it will be a significant issue as there's no guarantee it will not recur.

    Anything less than that, with proof of tests undertaken, it maybe worth asking for a review. Gut feeling? It's likely to be a significant issue unfortunately.

    Best of luck.
     
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  5. Chelonian

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    As CO presumably your family pipes you aboard? :)
     
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

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    Yes.

    Well, something like that.
     
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  7. Ninja_Stoker

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    @Sparkyyyy, spoken to the Service Entry Medical Cell on your behalf this morning.

    Essentially they'll need to know the full history and a diary of events leading up to the anaphylaxis, including what you had for breakfast, how you were affected, what the symptoms were, where you were at the time, why you needed to go to hospital, what treatment you underwent, the severity of the condition, whether your throat became swollen, whether you were ressuscitated, what tests you underwent afterwards etc., etc.

    Essentially the Doc will want as much reassurrance as possible that it is unlikely to recur. If the cause is completely unknown, then the danger is they will err on the side of caution and not pass you fit.

    If the reaction was triggered by food, then the odds are it will unfortunately go against you.

    Best bet? Start gathering as much information as possible but be aware the odds are not in.your favour unfortunately due to duty of care considerations.

    Best of luck
     
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  8. Sparkyyyy

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    Thank you for your responses guys, will gather as much information as possible and proceed anyway. Unfortunately I was given a precautionary Epipen upon leaving hospital and was given adrenaline injections throughout my stay there as it was quite severe. I got tested for most foods and came back with no allergies to anything, been through the usual checks etc with a specialist and neither of us could fathom as to what caused it unfortunately. I will continue with training and try anyway however, worth a shot as I've put a lot of time and energy into pursuing this.

    Thank you for your time
     
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