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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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Thanks for the query. Venlafaxine is a selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), used to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety, ...
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Question - Hi Doctor firth, I live in the middle east, in Dubai - and am not aware of any dive specialist doctors in this region. I dived yesterday on ...
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11 February Monday, 1:57 PM
Question - Hi, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Parsonage Turner Syndrome a year ago which caused a paralysed left diaphragm - will this affect diving?
The cause of the Parsonage Turner is not known but has been put down to a viral infection. I became very short of breath in November 2006 and fol ...
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8 February Friday, 9:10 AM
Question - i was just wondering what the situation was on type 1 diabetics and them wanting to teach scuba diving, i am one and want to teach scuba, any info ...
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7 February Thursday, 9:47 AM
Question - Body tingling: About 2 years ago I took my Open Water certificate and really enjoyed it. Immediately after I experienced body tingling or 'fizzin ...
I absolutely love diving and am planning another trip in April, so your guidance is much appreciated. Many thanks.
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23 January Wednesday, 4:08 PM
Question - Hi, I am 60 years old. When I was 14 I had an ear infection which eventually caused a burst eardrum. When i was 26 I had another burst eardrum ...
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22 January Tuesday, 11:41 AM
Question - Hi Doc I need some information on medical certs. i am due to dive in marsa alam soon and the dive centre atthe resort states i need a medical cer ...
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21 January Monday, 11:42 AM
Question - Hello Doc! I have recently had a partial collapsed lung and was wandering if it would be advisable to pursue a career in diving. I was at Advance ...
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17 January Thursday, 12:55 PM
Question - Am I safe to dive having recently had pneumonia?
I am a PADI open water diver and have done 100 or so dives in the last 9 years. I am due to go diving in the Maldives next week (Biyadoo). I ...
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9 January Wednesday, 10:50 AM
Question - Hi, I'm 24 years old and have been diving since I was 12. About 18 months ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and am taking Seroquel (queti ...
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29 December Saturday, 8:43 PM
Question - i am wondering the best way to get myself fit to dive?
i am overweight and smoke. i had fairly bad bronchitis last year, and at the time was given a test that involved me blowing into a tube and was to ...
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11 December Tuesday, 2:43 PM
Question - Am I OK to fly long haul again 3yrs after a serious DCI?
Apologies for the length. I did my PADI Open Water in Thailand in Oct 2004. Afterwards on the last day of the course I felt awful and to cut a ...
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10 December Monday, 4:47 PM
Question - Diving in less that 10 degrees C in a semi dry...
Hi doc...i'm looking at diving stoney next week. I see from the site that the water temp is at 8 degrees c. I recently dived Vobster quarry at 20M ...
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10 December Monday, 12:51 PM
Question - IM CURRENTLY DOING A DIVEMASTER COURSE AND HAVE BEEN ASK TO HAVE A HSE MEDICAL WILL YOU PASS IF YOU ARE ON ANTIDEPRESSENT OR WHAT ONES CAN YOU TAK ...
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13 November Tuesday, 9:57 AM
Question - Hi, I've just had my right hip resufaced,I'm going to be on crutchs for 6 weeks, how long should I be leaving it before I return to diving, I'm 46 ...
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2 November Friday, 12:58 PM
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