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Medical question; concerned about hiring

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  • Medical question; concerned about hiring

    Alright, kind of a long question but it's a bit unique. So, I just finished my enlistment as a Marine Corps infantryman of 5 years. Just finished NREMT last month and before I start an academy, I got a job doing Gov't security to pay the bills. At the occupational health clinic for said security job, I ended up failing the spirometry test due to a "mild upper airway obstruction." I went to the VA and was cleared for my current job, but the Doc said I produced numbers that may indicate borderline asthma. They want me to take another test for diagnosis, so I haven't actually been diagnosed yet. My question is, am I basically screwed? I've never needed any medication or ever been short of breath during exercise, being gassed, shot at, and MOPP 4 in 120 degree weather during sandstorms and what not...never had an issue until I took a spirometry test. I understand that as a firefighter, you obviously perform in hypoxic environments. That's the job, but if I've never had actual symptoms but if I'm still diagnosed with it, is there a way to be cleared by the pulmonologist? Thanks for your time and responses!

  • #2
    Will do. Thank you for the advice. I also bought one of those elevation training masks to see if that?ll improve any ?deficits?.


    • #3
      Originally posted by IronTom11 View Post
      That's the job, but if I've never had actual symptoms but if I'm still diagnosed with it, is there a way to be cleared by the pulmonologist? Thanks for your time and responses!
      You will still have to meet NFPA standards. See section 6.8. Even if you have no symptoms and can perform the essential job functions safely, you still have to meet those numeric FEV1/FVC requirements.


      • #4
        Originally posted by fire5555
        Best advice seek professional help.

        Go to a specialist not VA

        Have them check you and run the test a few times.

        More than likely you will find out you do not have a problem.
        Fire5555 is spot on. make an appointment with a specialist. they will do all sorts of tests. do it sooner then later. getting in to one can take a bit. wish you the very best brother. and thanks again for your service.
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