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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 - Hello, I plan to take commercial diver course in near future. I have a few health issues though and I would really appreciate if you could give s ...
24 March Thursday, 1:37 PM
Question - hi doc. i have just been diagnosed with type2 diabetes can you still dive.
24 March Thursday, 1:30 PM
Question - I am an Instructor working in Thailand 2 months ago I seemed what I thought was a chest infection I went to the doctors and he gave me medication ...
I am 55 years old quite fit weight 82kg 6ft tall never smoked and drink maybe one beer a night
4 March Friday, 1:16 PM
Question - hi doctor i once had an attac of svt(2007)i take one 15mg of flecanide a day i have cut out all caffine including chocolate stop smoking since las ...
21 February Monday, 12:45 PM
Question - hi, i want to become a diveing instuctor and was wondering if my meds would be compatable to do this im takeing 75 mg of seroquel for an acute sy ...
21 February Monday, 12:42 PM
Question - Hi my fiance and i are due to go to Kenya on honeymoon in September. When she was younger she collapsed her lung by cracking a rib. She is now 35 ...
10 January Monday, 9:50 AM
Question - Hi, I'm 56 years old & I've been diving 36 years & have just been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. My doctor has just prescribed Doxaz ...
3 November Wednesday, 5:50 PM
Question - In 2001 I had a suspected pulmonary embolism after a car accident left me immobile for 2 weeks. I was hospitalized and treated with warfarin. I wo ...
28 October Thursday, 5:09 PM
Question - Hello, I take 7.5mg zopiclone to help me sleep, which I have been taking for some time now. I have just had my DM Medical and the dr has concerns ...
27 October Wednesday, 4:55 PM
Question - Hi I had on operation 6 weeks ago to correct a hiatus hernia (fundoplication) how long before i can resume diving, also are there any restrictions ...
21 October Thursday, 9:16 AM
Question - I keep getting the most vicious cramp in my left calf muscle at the end of a dive - usually when swimming back to the boat. I have tried eating a ...
21 October Thursday, 9:11 AM
Question - Diving after minor surgery to remove sebaceous cyst on the neck - how long do I have to wait?
I am due to have a very minor surgery to remove a sebacious / epidermoid cyst on my neck. It will result in a 1-1.5cm long wound.I am due to hav ...
21 October Thursday, 9:06 AM
Question - Are there any restrictions to diving after artificial disc replacement surgery? I
I had the surgery 5 years ago (ActivL disc at L5/S1) and apart from some occcasional back pain, usually brought on by too little activity rather t ...
23 July Friday, 6:51 PM
Question - Learning to dive - After Spinal Surgery
Hi, About 6.5 years ago I had Spinal Fusion to treat Scoliosis. After about 1-2 years post op my Surgeon lifted all restrictions. He informed ...
19 July Monday, 2:01 PM
Question - Wanting to get my PADI Open Water Cert but have a question about some recent surgary i have had.
Hi There, I have a copy of the PADI medical form and answer no to all the questions, but would like to make sure. Recently i was a victim o ...
9 July Friday, 3:43 PM
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