Answering Medical History Questions

The nursing field has gotten ever tighter, meaning higher-level degrees are helpful in getting jobs.
The nursing field has gotten ever tighter, meaning higher-level degrees are helpful in getting jobs.

If you decide to start the application process, your recruiter will give you a list of questions. These questions will again be asked at MEPS. They are largely yes/no questions. First your recruiter will review your answers. Then he/she may ask you for official proof that your conditions are no longer present or serious.

Have you ever had or do you now have the following (yes/no):

  1. Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use 
  2. Dislocated joint, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle or other joint 
  3. Epilepsy, fits, seizures, or convulsions 
  4. Sleepwalking 
  5. Recurrent neck or back pain 
  6. Rheumatic fever 
  7. Foot pain 
  8. A swollen, painful, or dislocated joint or fluid in a joint (knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, etc.) 
  9. Double vision 
  10. Periods of unconsciousness 
  11. Frequent or severe headaches causing loss of time from work or school or taking medication to prevent frequent or severe headaches 
  12. Wear contact lenses (If so, bring your contact lens kit and solution so you can remove your contact when we test your vision at the MEPS; also, if you have a pair of eyeglasses, bring them with you no matter how old they are.) 
  13. Fainting spells or passing out 
  14. Head injury, including skull fracture, resulting in concussion, loss of consciousness, headaches, etc. 
  15. Back surgery 
  16.  Seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor or other professional for any reason (inpatient or outpatient) including counseling or treatment for school, adjustment, family, marriage or any other problem, to include depression, or treatment for alcohol, drug or substance abuse 
  17. Any of the following skin diseases:   - Eczema - Psoriasis  - Atopic dermatitis
  18. Irregular heartbeat, including abnormally rapid or slow heart rates 
  19.  Allergic to bee, wasp, or other insect stings (itching/swelling all over and/or get short of breath) 
  20.  Heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse 
  21.  Allergic to wool 
  22.  Heart surgery 
  23.  Been rejected for military service (temporary or permanent) for medical or other reasons 
  24.  Any other heart problems 
  25.  High blood pressure 
  26.  Discharged from military service for medical reasons 
  27.  Ulcer (stomach, duodenum or other part of intestine) 
  28.  Received disability compensation for an injury or other medical condition 
  29.  Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation) 
  30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn's disease or colitis 
  31.  Detached retina or surgery for a detached retina 
  32.  Surgery to remove a portion of the intestine (other than the appendix) 
  33.  Any other eye condition, injury or surgery 
  34.  Are you over 40? (If so, call the MEPS for information on special requirements for over-40 physicals) 
  35.  Gall bladder trouble or gall stones 
  36.  Jaundice 
  37.  Missing a kidney 
  38.  Allergy to common food (milk, bread, eggs, meat, fish or other common food) 
  39.  (Females only) Abnormal PAP smear or gynecological problem 
  40.  (Males only) Missing a testicle, testicular implant, or undescended testicle 
  41.  Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) 
  42.  Ruptured or bulging disk in your back or surgery for a ruptured or bulging disk 
  43.  Thyroid condition or take medication for your thyroid 
  44.  Limitation of motion of any joint, including knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or other joint 
  45.  Drug or alcohol rehab 
  46.  Kidney, urinary tract or bladder problems, surgery, stones or other urinary tract problems 
  47.  Sugar, protein or blood in urine 
  48.  Surgery on a bone or joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.) including Arthroscopy with normal findings 
  49.  Taking any medications
  50.  Pain or swelling at the site of an old fracture 
  51.  Perforated ear drum or tubes in ear drum(s) 
  52.  Anemia 
  53.  Ear surgery, to include mastoidectomy or repair of perforated ear drum, hearing loss or need/use a hearing aid 
  54.  Night blindness 
  55.  Arthritis 
  56.  Absence or disturbance of the sense of smell 
  57.  Absence or removal of the spleen, or rupture or tear of the spleen without removal 
  58.  Anorexia or other eating disorder 
  59.  Cracked bone or fracture(s) 
  60.  Bursitis 
  61.  Braces (If you wear or are planning on obtaining braces for your teeth, have the orthodontist submit a letter stating that braces will be removed before active duty date; release form and sample format can be found in the Recruiter's Medical Guide.) 
  62.  Loss of finger, toe or part thereof 
  63.  Loss of the ability to fully flex (bend) or fully extend a finger, toe or other joint 
  64.  Shoulder, knee, or elbow problem (out of place) 
  65.  Locking of the knee or other joint 
  66.  Giving way of knee or other joint 
  67.  Cataracts or surgery for cataracts 
  68.  Eye surgery, including radial keratotomy, lens implant or other eye surgery to improve your vision 
  69.  Collapsed lung or other lung condition 
  70.  Bed wetting since age 12 
  71.  Evaluation, treatment, or hospitalization for alcohol abuse, dependence, or addiction 
  72.  Taken medication, drugs, or any substance to improve attention, behavior, or physical performance 
  73. Do you smoke? If yes:  Type: Cigarettes - Cigars - Smokeless tobacco How many per day?
  74. Evaluation, treatment, or hospitalization for substance use, abuse, addiction or dependence (including illegal drugs, prescription medications, or other substances) 
  75. Any illnesses, surgery, or hospitalization not listed above
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