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Posted : March 29, 2008
Hi Doc.
i gave up diving a year ago for various reasons. one of the last dives i did was a t stoney cove. i had been around the pit for around 30 mins then was swimming around at the 20m level . about 40 mins into the dive i had a problem with buoyancy (adv failed) and i came to the surface3 in ahurry. there appeared to be no side effects and the next week i dived to 36m with no problems. however i now experience a lot of joint pain and muscular pain which seems to be getting worse and have been told by someone in the know(!?) that i may ahve got bent and the residual nitrogen could be the problem. does this sound like it could be the cause of my problems. if so your advise please

Posted : March 31, 2008
Thanks for the query. It depends a little on how soon after the diving you first noticed your symptoms. The textbooks will tell you that almost all bends come on within 12 hours, however it is sometimes difficult to be that precise about the time of onset. At this late stage it is difficult to know whether treatment would help you, but it would be worth you coming in to talk it through in more detail. 0207 806 4028 for an appointment.
Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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