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High blood pressure waiver

PostAuthor: Sittin' Here At Midnight » January 30th, 2008, 10:06 pm

After taking the ASVAB and physical last week, apparently learned I have high blood pressure. My first reading came to 177/93, the next two were 156 and 153 over 90, for which I couldn't have been any more calm. So now my recruiter tells me to get the fire department to check my blood pressure for three consecutive days, give him the readings they've been writing down to obtain my waiver. All my readings are in the mid 150's at the fire department and there is no possible way to get them down below 140 without some type of medication. I also bit the bullet and made a doctor's appointment next week, chances are he'll prescribe me medication.

The maximum allowed is 140, I asked the doctor at MEPS what the maximum is with a waiver and he said there's no limit. From what I read on this site, for example, http://www.armyranger.com/bb/viewtopic. ... t=pressure last post on the first page has someone going through the same process. From what he wrote anyone with blood pressure higher than 140 even with a waiver will get disqualified, is this right? I also take it if the doc prescribes me any blood pressure medication that's an immediate DQ also?
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PostAuthor: Baseplate » January 31st, 2008, 3:37 pm

So take the meds fool....I went to MEPS had HBP couldn't get a contract went back to the recruiters office he gave me a envelope full of blood pressure pills went back the next week and passed well within the normal range
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PostAuthor: K.Ingraham » January 31st, 2008, 4:18 pm

Or drink less coffee the morning you go in.

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PostAuthor: hit_it » January 31st, 2008, 4:29 pm

If you do anything, do NOT get a prescription for your BP.

You will be disqualified.
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PostAuthor: Sittin' Here At Midnight » February 2nd, 2008, 2:02 am

Let me get this straight, because i'm being told three different things between the doctor at MEPS, what i've read here from someone with a similar experience and the liaison guy I talked to briefly at the very end of the day.

I get the waiver and hopefully ship out within the next two or three weeks as I had planned. Now they run you through another physical during reception, multiple times between then and RIP I imagine, obviously my bp is going to be above 140. Is that waiver going to give me a go, or void my contract and I go to the needs of the Army?
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PostAuthor: Sleepy Doc » February 2nd, 2008, 4:07 pm

If you haven't, go and read the first sticky in the "Medical Issues" section. Pay particular attention to the post I made, because it seems as if you haven't read it.


I think SFC hit-it's advice to you is somewhat misguided. Yes, if you get a prescription, you will be barred from enlistment. However, untreated and uncontrolled High Blood Pressure will fuck you up. Not "can or "might"...but it WILL fuck you up in some way. You may not feel any affects of it right now, but eventually it will catch up as kidney failure, stroke, or some other equally bad juju! Get the script, get your pressure under control and drive on. A lifetime of dialysis just isn't worth it.



[Edited to add: I don't care what a doctor at MEPS tells you, the absolute and final authority in the Ranger Regiment for medical fitness is The Regimental Surgeon. You might have a waiver from the Pope, but if the RSURG doesn't like what he sees, he will send you packing, and possibly get a medical discharge from service... and he will get a raging case of the ass because you are now his problem. It has happened before.]
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PostAuthor: hit_it » February 2nd, 2008, 8:14 pm

The Sleepy Doc wrote:If you haven't, go and read the first sticky in the "Medical Issues" section. Pay particular attention to the post I made, because it seems as if you haven't read it.


I think SFC hit-it's advice to you is somewhat misguided. Yes, if you get a prescription, you will be barred from enlistment. However, untreated and uncontrolled High Blood Pressure will fuck you up. Not "can or "might"...but it WILL fuck you up in some way. You may not feel any affects of it right now, but eventually it will catch up as kidney failure, stroke, or some other equally bad juju! Get the script, get your pressure under control and drive on. A lifetime of dialysis just isn't worth it.



[Edited to add: I don't care what a doctor at MEPS tells you, the absolute and final authority in the Ranger Regiment for medical fitness is The Regimental Surgeon. You might have a waiver from the Pope, but if the RSURG doesn't like what he sees, he will send you packing, and possibly get a medical discharge from service... and he will get a raging case of the ass because you are now his problem. It has happened before.]



I wasn't going to go that in depth, but you are spot on.

To further elaborate, there are of course people in the military with BP controlled by medication. I am one of them.

Of course, I'm not in initial entry training and it's not easier to just kick me out. If you were past all of your training and found this out, it would have been a different result.
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PostAuthor: Sleepy Doc » February 2nd, 2008, 8:28 pm

hit_it wrote:

...there are of course people in the military with BP controlled by medication. I am one of them.

Of course, I'm not in initial entry training and it's not easier to just kick me out. If you were past all of your training and found this out, it would have been a different result.




Yeah, if he was already in that would be very different. I wasn't implying that you were talking out your ass, I just want him to understand that a waiver will only work to a point.



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