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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2007, 22:39:16 »
I am presently 46, will be 47 in June.  I had orthoscopic surgery in June last year, and that's when the doc told me you have arthritis.  He did all the scraping and grinding he could but that was all he said he could do.  He said I could try an injection called duralene.  Might help.

My trade is Armour Recce.  Have good days, and bad days.  I guess, it is just the realization that I seem to get stiffer than I used to, especially if you sit too long.  Or is it just me.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2007, 16:55:35 »
And at a young age - sucking it up isn't such a great idea.  I played soccer with my knee buggered up way too much and I'm convinced that that is why it hasn't healed as well as it should have.  You have to take care of yourself while you're still young and before the MO starts using words like arthritis and degenerative changes...
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2010, 01:31:11 »
I have been out of the Military for 15years now and have degenerative arthritis of the spine and surgeons are telling me it is do to the Combat Arms life style. Has anyone else out there having this problem or had a MRI of the neck and spine? This is pretty scary stuff, i was told that I should have had this checked earlier, well you know how that goes, we "suck up reload and soldier on" right! Life isn't all it can be now! Anyone else out there interested in this hidden medical problem?

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2010, 06:57:42 »
It is more readily known and classed as degenerative disc disease.
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2010, 07:21:07 »
Many on this site, who have worked on tracked vehicles for many years, have been diagnosed with compressed discs and signs of arthritis in the lower back.  So this is more common than one would think.  In many cases exercise has been prescribed as one way of combating the pain.   Although being told about having signs of arthritis was a real blow initially, staying active has eliminated any signs of the paralysing pain I had.

As for compensation, have you tried applying to Veterans Affairs?  The Legion has officers who can assist in making a claim.  You may also try SISIP and see what they may be able to do for you.
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2010, 16:15:31 »
In my case, heredity and 13 years of Combat Arms lifestyle followed by 14 years of more office type service have made for an painful time from 45 years-old+.  There are medications, lower impact physical activity and excellent core exercises to keep things tolerable.  It is shocking diagnosis when first presented but life goes on.
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2010, 20:35:30 »
In my case, heredity and 13 years of Combat Arms lifestyle followed by 14 years of more office type service have made for an painful time from 45 years-old+.  There are medications, lower impact physical activity and excellent core exercises to keep things tolerable.  It is shocking diagnosis when first presented but life goes on.

Speaking as an Exercise Physiologist, I would like to say that a number of your guys have highlighted an important point.  LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!  A pain stimulus exists for a reason.  It tells your brain that something is wrong somewhere in the body.  If something acts up in your body, tone down your activity and allow your body to heal.  Try and work inside of pain thresholds.

With that being said, I recognize it is not always possible to tone down physical activity in Combat Arms.  Taking pain killers can help with immediate issues, but often they just mask a problem until later when it has become worse.  If your care about your future health and any hope of comfort during your retirement, you should go, when opportunity arises, to the MIR when your body sends you pain signals that aren't temporary.

For those already riding the pain train, stay active with activities that don't aggravate injuries, stretch often, and now that you have the freedom STOP when the body sens you a pain signal to do so.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #32 on: June 08, 2015, 12:58:31 »
Hello everyone,

I'm a new user to this forum however I have read many posts on advice and just general knowledge. Im just finishing up Grade 11 and I have been strongly intrigued to join the military for quite some time now. However, I have a few questions and what better place to come to right? My main question is if anyone has any insight on arthritis in the military. I was looking into getting in Artillery however, I recent was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. Is this going to be a problem? I know there are medical standards that you must reach to be able to join certain trades but if there is anyone out there with real world experience and knowledge that would be greatly appreciated.  I could settle for a service trade but I have always aspired to be out in the field. I have also been dealing with anxiety for a large portion of my life. My brother passed away last year by taking his life and that was a very large obstacle however, gave me a lot of motivation and inspiration to succeed in this career path. I'm overcoming anxiety each day at a steady pace but was wondering if anyone could possible share their story they might have had with anxiety and joining or aspiring to be in the military.

Thanks for all of your help and time,
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #33 on: June 08, 2015, 13:06:00 »
I should clarify sorry, It is a minor case of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I do know that the Forces do not like daily medication and I believe with proper physio and exercise I can get it to that point.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #34 on: June 08, 2015, 13:53:04 »
Grizzly 9 - None of us on this site has the authority to answer your question here.  You must go to the nearest Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre and discuss the issue with the staff there.  The Recruiting Centre will direct you on what documentation needs to be provided by your Doctors (and possibly Specialists as well).  The documents are then sent higher for review and a decision. 

Best of luck, and keep fighting the good fight!

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #35 on: June 08, 2015, 19:00:02 »
Rheumatoid arthritis is rarely "minor", unfortunately. As SF notes, all you can do is apply once you finish high school and go from there. Good luck.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #36 on: June 08, 2015, 19:36:40 »
Rheumatoid arthritis is rarely "minor", unfortunately. As SF notes, all you can do is apply once you finish high school and go from there. Good luck.

Have to echo this sentiment. I have a cousin whose RA started out as 'minor' and progressively got worse. A few years ago, she went on a new medication because the old one just wasn't cutting it anymore, which is a sign that her RA progressed. The medication she now takes works very well, but costs $1600 per month.

She is lucky that her workplace health insurance plan, and the Trillium Fund (aka Ontario Drug Benefit) covers what her workplace insurance won't. Such a medication is not likely to be readily available if you are ever deployed to a remote location overseas for any length of time if your RA should worsen, and you need exactly that medication or something similarly exotic. As a result, your ability to be deployed is going to be limited, and in the combat arms trades, you have to be capable of being deployed everywhere and anywhere on very short notice. Long-term medical issues, regardless of severity, and deployability on short notice are usually not positively correlated, if the management of the medical condition in question requires prescription drugs.

That said, the final decision on whether you are able to enroll in the CF will ultimately rest in the hands of a medical officer, and will also depend on whether there is any way in which the likelihood of your RA worsening can be predicted. Good luck!

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2015, 12:59:15 »
Thanks for the response. Do you think it would be possible for someone like me to enroll in a technician trade? I do understand that a decision like that would be up to a Medical Officer to make but what would be your opinion on that topic. Also, during basic are you allowed certain medications or no? If not I guess I could suck it up and go through the pain which I imagine would not be a good idea as it could worsen the condition of the arthritis. For example, a land weapons tech was one I was looking.

Thanks again.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2015, 13:17:29 »
Entering the CF, all personnel must be considered "deployable".
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2015, 13:43:33 »
Thanks for the response. Do you think it would be possible for someone like me to enroll in a technician trade? I do understand that a decision like that would be up to a Medical Officer to make but what would be your opinion on that topic. Also, during basic are you allowed certain medications or no? If not I guess I could suck it up and go through the pain which I imagine would not be a good idea as it could worsen the condition of the arthritis. For example, a land weapons tech was one I was looking.

Thanks again.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2015, 11:38:53 »
Good morning, all.

A quick question, and I searched the forums and couldn't find any info related to my question.

Arthritis (both rheumatic and psoriac)  seem to be automatic disqualifiers for the US Army, but what about The Forces - primarily The Reserves?

I'm asking because I was diagnosed over a year ago with arthritis. Since then I've been on medication for it, which is a small injection under the skin once every two weeks and my condition has improved drastically. So good that I am able to live a fully active life (gym 4 times a week, weight lifting, cardio, swimming). I honestly don't even notice that I have it anymore. I have had 0 flare ups since last year, but still, it is something that is a part of me.

Anywho, I have applied into the Reserves as Infantry. I already passed the physical & knowledge exams. Next week I have the medical exam. I'm just wondering if by the slightest mention of arthritis, will I get automatically disqualified? Or will I still have a shot at enrollment?

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2015, 12:04:28 »
Merged.

You could, of course, choose not to disclose your condition, but should then expect the consequences when it is discovered.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2015, 12:13:02 »
Merged.

You could, of course, choose not to disclose your condition, but should then expect the consequences when it is discovered.

I'd rather be upfront and truthful about it.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #43 on: July 17, 2015, 12:18:09 »
Good morning, all.

A quick question, and I searched the forums and couldn't find any info related to my question.

Arthritis (both rheumatic and psoriac)  seem to be automatic disqualifiers for the US Army, but what about The Forces - primarily The Reserves?

I'm asking because I was diagnosed over a year ago with arthritis. Since then I've been on medication for it, which is a small injection under the skin once every two weeks and my condition has improved drastically. So good that I am able to live a fully active life (gym 4 times a week, weight lifting, cardio, swimming). I honestly don't even notice that I have it anymore. I have had 0 flare ups since last year, but still, it is something that is a part of me.

Anywho, I have applied into the Reserves as Infantry. I already passed the physical & knowledge exams. Next week I have the medical exam. I'm just wondering if by the slightest mention of arthritis, will I get automatically disqualified? Or will I still have a shot at enrollment?

My advice is to get the infantry out of your head.  Reserve or Regular, the training will crush you, especially if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis.   

My father was 21 years old when he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, he is now 60 years old and has taken a concoction of medications since that time which has kept him relatively mobile.  He's needed two elbow replacements and a variety of other procedures and his elbows are locked in a permanent bend. 

He was attempting to join the RCMP when he was diagnosed and was revoked.  He had also injured himself numerous times playing College Football and the injuries would not heal which was later attributed to his Arthritis.

You may be working out now and feeling fine but just wait until you're tired, cold and run down from a summer marching with a pack sack.  Your body may not respond so well. 

I wouldn't risk keeping it a secret, you may do yourself more harm long term.     


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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #44 on: July 17, 2015, 12:23:05 »
You will never the outcome, until you have been medically assessed.  RoyalDrew makes a very valid point and should be considered.

But if you feel so compelled to "self diagnose", I generally tell people to read para 3 of the link below as this will be your new life.

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-medical-occupations/generic-mosid-task-statements.page
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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2015, 17:39:48 »

...I'm asking because I was diagnosed over a year ago with arthritis. Since then I've been on medication for it, which is a small injection under the skin once every two weeks and my condition has improved...Or will I still have a shot at enrollment?
The short answer is No. The CAF is not for you and vice versa. Please find another way to serve your country if that is your desire.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2015, 20:53:17 »
There is always the Cadet Instructors Cadre - always in need of good people.

I'll be doing that myself in the near future.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #47 on: July 19, 2015, 12:11:05 »
Does anybody here know anyone who got in with a diagnosis of arthritis?

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #48 on: July 19, 2015, 16:45:55 »
I've never seen anyone on immunomodulators for any condition get in - RA, Crohn's, colitis, bad psoriasis, etc.

The folks that are in that are sick enough that they need those drugs are put on medical categories and usually eventually released.

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Re: Arthritis and CAF service
« Reply #49 on: July 20, 2015, 00:02:37 »
I've never seen anyone on immunomodulators for any condition get in - RA, Crohn's, colitis, bad psoriasis, etc.

The folks that are in that are sick enough that they need those drugs are put on medical categories and usually eventually released.

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