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Posted : July 23, 2008
i am going on holiday to turkey in september and i need to get a dive medical done i am living in crawley west sussex and would like to have a medical done in the next month can you recomed and do you know of any doctors local. i have a personality disorder and i have recently been put on carbamazepine fior mood swings and also sertraine for moods as well i know that carbamazepine is a big no no for diving so i need to have my meds changed and would like to know what you would recommend i am seeing my psychitrist next week also i am having a stomach bypass in october and would like to know how much time you would recommend before i got back in the water, i am 17 1/2 stone and my bmi 42 hope you can help

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Posted : July 23, 2008
To be honest I would have grave concerns about diving at present. As you mention, carbamazepine is not good to dive with, but sertraline can cause issues as well. Unfortunately, the mood swings and the agents that help control them are often similarly dangerous to a sport such as diving. Also, your BMI puts you at increased risk of decompression illness. By all means try your local diving referees:

SURREY Dr S Domizio, 14 Paddocks Road, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7LL Tel: 01483 571437 (h)

SUSSEX
Dr Ian Kenney, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3JN Tel: 01273 380305 (h), 01273 328145 x2151 (w), ikenney@bspr.org.uk

but be prepared for a negative response.

Regards

Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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