Flying after being treated for decompression sickness

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11. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dani,
this is was I was told.
here on Bonaire after first treatments in the deco chamber the doctor makes neurological tests.
Was this done with you?
the opinion here is if this was not done you should do this test befor you fly or go to higher aereas till you know exactly if you still suffer deco sickness.
( last year they treated 60 divers in the "pot",most of them because of deheydration)

hope this will help,

12. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Marlis and Isadora,

My accident consisted of ascending too quickly from 13 metres. Weightbelt got knocked off! I hadn't been down there long enough to be diving outside of dive tables, it was just my ascent that was too fast.

I was treated with oxygen pretty quickly and taken to the nearest hospital which was a very small bush hospital. The nearest hyperbaric unit would have been over 20 hours by road and 3 1/2 hours by airlifting which obviously would have been problematic. The hospital where I was treated were in touch with the hyperbaric unit though. I was assessed as having no neurological symptoms. The day I was admitted I had tingling, my legs were numb and I had some soreness of the joints. By the second day, however, my symptoms had reduced just to the tingling which I still have now. I visited the hyperbaric unit where I am now and the trouble with their advice was that it was very non-committal..they said it was impossible to say whether any one individual would have problems flying.

No one ever did tests on me though. I didn't even know there were any tests you could have until you told me that Marlis. The hospital diagnosed me based on what I told them about my symptoms..of course they did the usual obs (blood pressure, heart rate, temp ect) which were all fine.

Thanks again for all the support. It's nice to have people taking the time. I have felt a little fobbed off by doctors.

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Dani,

I found earlier today and see that their Marine Science and Physiology forum has a catagory called Ask Dr. Decompression.

You may want to look through some of the threads and possibly join so you can post a question concerning your continued symptoms. I'm sure there is a Moderator (and maybe they are a real dive doc) that you could contact directly via PMs.

I have just signed up for the site myself but have not gotten the e-mail to finish the registration process yet. Until that happens, I can't access anything but the threads themselves. I'll look into the site further as soon as I'm "activated". ;)

(Considering the mixed information you have been getting from medical professionals - maybe someone has had the same problem and an answer can be found. If nothing else - it may just aid in gathering more information about DCI.)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 29, 2007, at 9:21 AM by Isadora ]

14. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Dear all,

Thanks so much for all the information. Particularly for putting me onto DAN. I got in touch with them and they were very helpful explaining in detail why I would not be put at risk by flying. Apparently, although flying can bring the original symptoms back, it cannot make them worse or bring on new symptoms, so at worst I would face intensifying tingling on the flight which would not in itself be dangerous.

The was a huge reassurance and thank you to everyone for pointing me in the right direction.

Many thanks,

15. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dani,
good to know that you are on the safe side.
take care,

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Congratulations, Dani!!
That's very good news and I'm glad DAN did what they are designed to do - aid divers. Enjoy the rest of your travels and happy flying and diving!!!!! ;)

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