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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 - I'm scheduled to go to southern Egypt in 2 1/2 weeks. about 3 weeks ago I had terrible pains in my lower back and left leg. I was dianosed as have ...

Question - I have just returned from a weekend diving and the first dive was to around 38m and I descended fairly fast. I sometimes have problems equalising ...

Question - During or after my last two diving holidays I have come down with acute tonsilitis. Two years ago I saw a consultant about persistent swelling ...
I am male, 25, in good health, no health issues other than this. I haven't come down with a sore throat or tonsilitis every time I have dived, but ...

Question - I have had difficulty equalising since I did my padi open water and subsequent sea dives. After dives I go deaf in my right ear which swells, for ...

Question - I have diabetes 2, which is controlled by tablet, also hypertension which is controlled by tablet. would I be able to scuba dive? would I also nee ...
diabetes-metaphormin: 500mg blood pressure: Ramipril 1.25

Question - I had a kidney transplant in 2003 and would now like to learn to scuba dive. I am physically fit as I regularly run and have completed 3 marathons ...

Question - I have type 1 diabetes and I have been diving regularly for apx. 18 months with PADI AOW accreditation. My diabetes is well controlled and I take ...

Question - We, as a club are shortly going on a dive trip where most dives are 30m +. We have a junior member who has booked a place, along with a her parent ...

Question - Hi, Last year I was diagnosed with Prenicious Anaemia and startedVit B12 Injections. Is it still safefro me to dive and is there any limit to the ...

Question - I suffer with severe calf muscle cramp during and at the end of a dive .Have tried magnesium and zinc tablets,eat bananas drink more water etc.Hav ...

Question - My daughter suffered with ear problems when younger and was treated with gromits in both ears. Having tried diving in a pool it appears that she i ...

Question - My husband is 44 years of age and was diagnosed on Wednesday with having DVT “below the knee clot” in one leg and A “leaky valve” in the other. ...

Question - On holiday last week, someone on the boat managed to descend to 186 feet before the DM caught her up and stuck some air in her jacket ! She's luck ...
22 April Saturday, 8:28 PM
Question - Hi, every time i dive i can clear perfectly fine until i reach 15 m (45 feet). then it is almost impossible to clear, but if i ease down extremely ...
i do have "surfers ear", from years spent in cold water, but my ear canals are still open.
22 April Saturday, 8:28 PM
Question - HI, my boyfriend wants to learn to dive. He has been partially deaf since birth with a condition called bilateral nerve deafness with ski slope he ...
22 April Saturday, 8:28 PM
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