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Posted : March 16, 2006
I started my PADI dive course last summer & was doing my first day open water dive in october. I didnt feel ill at the time although i didnt do the following day as i didnt feel up to it. within the week i had a raging sore throat caused by a strep A virus & ended up with burst eardrums (both!) i am hoping to go back now but havent had the courage to go back to get my ears checked by the GP. do you think i will be ok, my ears feel fine.
I have had bilateral otitus media once before 12 years ago caused by a strep a virus. I used do lifesaving & do surface dives to 12 feet, after the infection i was told i may not be able to even go swimming again, i was devastated. but year on the consultant gave me the all clear. have also had a septoplasty 3 years ago. My sinuses are fine now & the GP said it was ok to go diving. I really have enjoyed my training & so want to continue. Otherwise I am in good health & maintain my fitness levels by going to the gym & eating a healthy nutritional diet, that i cut out most dairy products due to past sinus problems. I recently qualified RNMN, it was whilst i was under a lot of stress as a student nurse & having to work bank shifts to supplement my busary that i think caused me to be run down & open to the strep A infection.
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Posted : March 17, 2006
Ear drums casn heal quite quickly, and i suspect yours have after this time, so get someone to look at them to verify that and dive on.
dr j
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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