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    Are migraines considered a disqualifying ailment for some departments? I searched the forum and found that some officers suffer from migraines. For years I've had my heart set on serving my country in the Army before serving as a law enforcement officer. My doctor diagnosed me with migraines (they aren't that bad, and they rarely occur) and my chance of doing what I want to do in the Army are pretty much shot. Now I am worried about a job in law enforcement. Also, I have not been prescribed anything yet (I'm still waiting to talk to an Army recruiter), would a prescription look worse or better on my record? Thanks!
    "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" -Psalm 27:1
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    Originally posted by xcrunner
    Are migraines considered a disqualifying ailment for some departments? I searched the forum and found that some officers suffer from migraines. For years I've had my heart set on serving my country in the Army before serving as a law enforcement officer. My doctor diagnosed me with migraines (they aren't that bad, and they rarely occur) and my chance of doing what I want to do in the Army are pretty much shot. Now I am worried about a job in law enforcement. Also, I have not been prescribed anything yet (I'm still waiting to talk to an Army recruiter), would a prescription look worse or better on my record? Thanks!
    I haven't heard of anyone disqualifying someone because they have migraines. There are a lot of prescription medicines out there and if you need them or they help you when you have a migraine. Take it! If anyone does look at you having migraines, if they are under control or treatable with medicine, I don't see why they would have a problem with it.

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    • #3
      Thanks! Anybody else have anything? I'm really desperate, I had my two careers of choice lined up and then boom, I found out that I might not be able to because of a few stupid headaches...
      "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" -Psalm 27:1
      Commissioned Police Officer
      RLTW

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      • #4
        I have migraines, but they are controlled now to the point where I don't even have to have a prescription, but never at any point in the process was anything asked about migraines. You'll be fine.

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        • #5
          you sure it's not high blood pressure?
          Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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          • #6
            You know, I am going to look into the symptoms of high blood pressure. When they took my BP at the doctor's office, it was a little high for someone my age (Male, 155 pounds, 5'11'', BP was 88 over 100 I think). Especially for me because I am a runner. Can this sometimes cause migraine symptoms? Thanks!
            "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" -Psalm 27:1
            Commissioned Police Officer
            RLTW

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            • #7
              Scratch that, that reading was my heart rate, not blood pressure. Thanks for the tip though. I guess it is just a case of classic migraines. Not a big deal to me unless it's an obstacle in getting a military and/or LE job. Thanks!
              "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" -Psalm 27:1
              Commissioned Police Officer
              RLTW

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              • #8
                Go to: http://www.post.ca.gov/selection/pdf/Neuro.pdf

                and look up Primary Headache Disorders starting on Page IX-14 for info on this subject.
                Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                • #9
                  Xcrunner--I put down on my federal application that I was diagnosed with migraines. I was still hired. I also disclose my meds and chronic conditions (I picked up on the job) during my 5 year security background checks. At first I was worried but it always turns out ok. You are better being totally upfront when applying for jobs so you are selected by an organization that you will fit into. My migraines became more sever as I aged.
                  Reality is only a perception

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