I'll try to make this as short as possible. I am 29 years old and interested in joining the National Guard. I am in above average physical condition for my age, exercising at least 3x per week and running 10 miles a week in between as well (usually 4 miles one day, 3 miles on the other two). I have been researching joining the Guard online and have run into two medical issues that pertain to me that I am afraid might hinder my ability to enlist. First, I broke a bone in my left hand roughly 7 years ago (index finger, metacarpal) and didn't get it set correctly by a doctor, hence it has healed yet healed incorrectly, leaving a large knot on the top of my hand. It doesn't hinder function-ability of my hand, but it definitely doesn't look normal, and MEPS doctors would not miss it. Getting it fixed on my own time isn't something that is out of the question if I thought it was the only thing holding me up from joining, however the second medical condition that pertains to me is the one that is the most disheartening: I have a history of migraine headaches, and I have read that a history of these and a history of prescription meds are disqualifying. Sounds pretty cut and dry, but I've also read many, many posts regarding medical waivers for various conditions. So, will a history of migraine headaches hold me up forever from joining any branch of service? Even if it's not forever, given my age time is definitely not on my side! But honestly what I'm looking for is pragmatic and forthright advice on where I should go from here, and if the military is even an option at this point. I have had headaches my entire life, but have always been a functioning, consistently employed member of society, and when they come, I deal with them. Believe me I'm kicking myself for ever seeing a doctor about anything after researching enlistment requirements! Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read my post and for your help and advice in regards to this matter.
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