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Decompression Syndromes: The Bends

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Please describe your experience with decompression sickness. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I passed out due to an unknown cardiac issue while on a 96 foot dive. Upon gaining consciousness at the surface, I began to feel pins and needles all over and exhibited mental confusion from decompression sickness. After a total of 12 hours in the hyperbaric chamber, I still failed numerous neurological tests. Twenty years later I am in pain daily.

Comment from: Montanafussy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I did a routine PT in the morning, then I had a heavy, hard day at work. I was dehydrated. I did a moderate dive profile (76 ft max-barely hit and came shallower, 58 min) regular air, all safety stops met. 12 hours after exiting the water I went from feeling perfectly normal to joint pain in my shoulders and elbows and almost passed out on my way to medical, all in about 15 minutes. I was placed on oxygen and went through a series of tests. Within an hour, I was in the hyperbaric chamber.

Comment from: Heartbroken, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 15

My son recently died from the bends. While vacationing in Jamaica, he went scuba diving. Upon returning to the surface, he developed the bends. He lost consciousness. He regained consciousness at the hospital, then was transported to another hospital to enter the decompression chamber. He went into cardiac arrest while in the decompression chamber. He was a healthy, 29 year old.

Comment from: scubanutz, 65-74 Male Published: July 07

I exited the water after a deep dive with no safety stop. Pain started in both shoulders within 15 minutes. Started with oxygen and ice on the shoulders, which helped relieve the pain. I felt totally exhausted the next day. Two days later, a small rash appeared on one shoulder which was tender to the touch at the top of both shoulders. Pain is subsiding slowly. No other treatment to date. I am in good health and workout regularly. A proper safety stop would have prevented my problem. I will not dive again for 14 days to be safe.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Decompression Sickness.

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