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All questions are answered by Dr Oliver Firth, one of the doctors at the London Diving Chamber. Dr Firth has had a wide variety of experience as a doctor in both the UK and Australia. He writes regularly for ‘Sport Diver’ Magazine and gives talk on hyperbaric medicine.

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Question - Hi Doc, In 1983 I was in the army taking a class 3 diving course and I suffered a "bend" which left me with aseptic bone necrosis in my left hip ...
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30 March Monday, 7:11 PM
Question - hi oliver cant seem to get a answer for this...other that masks with corrective lenses can you wear contacts lenses with a standard mask
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30 March Monday, 7:05 PM
Question - Question: My girlfriend had/has "distal colitis". Last she took some hormone treatment. Now she is much better and its almost gone. Still few drop ...
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30 March Monday, 7:03 PM
Question - am nearing the end of my rescue diver course. my question is, a diver suffering from DCI, should they be taken first to the nearest hospital for e ...
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25 March Wednesday, 9:36 AM
Question - How soon can he return to diving ?
My Husband has recently had a disc decompression (L4/5) and a wallis spacer inserted. He is recovering well. Given no complications how long shoul ...
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24 March Tuesday, 9:49 AM
Question - Dear Doctor, About 5 years ago I had a clot in my ankle. since then I have been on warfarin to keep the blood thin. Can you tell me is there any ...
My dosage is about 7mg. I have not had any ongoing problems with this since I started taking the warfarin.
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2 March Monday, 2:45 PM
Question - Hi, On 16-01-09 I had an operation to remove multiple pelvic abseses following a burst appendix. My surgeon says I am ok to start diving again. ...
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24 February Tuesday, 1:34 PM
Question - I have Addison's and Hashimoto's (autoimmune hypothyroidism), and I have the PADI OWD certification. Besides taking adequate doses of my medicine ...
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16 February Monday, 12:55 PM
Question - Hi, my girlfriend is keen to become a diver but unfortunately she has asthma and I'd like to find out whether she will be able to dive properly an ...
On a recent trip out to Egypt, we consulted a doctor out there who after some scrutiny passed her fit to do a try dive with a restriction that she ...
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30 January Friday, 4:51 PM
Question - Hi, I did an experience dive in Thailand about two years ago and had trouble equalising but eventually got down and all was ok. For a couple of d ...
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9 December Tuesday, 1:50 PM
Question - I'm an 18 year old male who is planning on learning to Scuba Dive in Egypt. I have the problem that when i get up quickly i get a head rush. this ...
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3 December Wednesday, 1:25 PM
Question - I have recently started a course of medication pescribed by my GP for stress related depression. The drug is called Sertraline. Am I safe to dive ...
Sertraline (Lustral):
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7 November Friday, 3:58 PM
Question - I WAS HAVING PALPERTATIONS IN JANUARY. ON HAVING TESTS DONE I HAD TO UNDER GO CATHETER ABLATION PROCEDURE WHICH WAS DONE AND WAS A SUCCESS. DO I H ...
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7 November Friday, 1:48 PM
Question - Malaria medication for West Papua/Irian Jaya. I have just e-mailed this to e-med.co.uk too so you really only need to answer me once! I am n ...
Norethisterone 5mg/daily I will be taking Norethisterone for the entire time I'm away (starting 3days before departure). My periods are irre ...
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28 October Tuesday, 9:58 AM
Question - hi there, in february 2008 a small aneurysm 1-2mm (a carotico-ophthalmic one) in my brain was detected during a cerebral angiogram which was done ...
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