Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis

3 years 2 weeks ago - 3 years 2 weeks ago #300896 by elude
elude created the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Can I have some advise about the implications of this illness and medications associated on diving?

The reason I ask is that it hasn't bothered me before. I have dived without problems. Then the last dive which was the last of 6 dives over 4 days and second that day - I couldn't breathe after I got out. It went on and on for about 10 or so minutes ( seemed like forever) then the people started to react and I had O2 on for like an hour and a half and had to drink water every ten minutes. Someone called a doctor who said do that and keep an eye on me. It got dramatic. I felt fine after a short while with the O2 but they were saying stuff like deco sickness. It was in Bali hence the lack of knowledge of what they were all saying.

I want to go diving again but am scared.
Last Edit: 3 years 2 weeks ago by elude. Reason: More information

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3 years 2 weeks ago #300897 by The Padi Police
The Padi Police replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
From the limited information you have provided I doubt the Rheumatoid Arthritis would have anything to do with what you experienced. There are a many possible causes of the symptoms you describe including;

- Decompression sickness
- Barotrauma to lungs
- Immersion Pulmonary Edema
- Contaminated gas..........etc,

I'm not a doctor and neither are most on this forum, most GPs don't have a clue about hyperbaric medicine either. I'd suggest contacting DAN for advice and go from there. They have an online form for medical questions.

www.diversalertnetwork.org/?a=medicemail

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3 years 2 weeks ago #300898 by goferrin99
goferrin99 replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Sorry to hear about yur reaction

Have you spoken to DAN? They are extremely knowledgable and helpful. No doubt people on this board will be acting in good faith but for anything involving difficulty breathing, i would be looking for advice from health care professionals familiar with the sport

If you wish to continue diving their membership and insurance packages are highly recommended

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3 years 2 weeks ago #300913 by Bazza
Bazza replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Mate are you taking the piss or what ... why in Gods name would you associate breathing problems with rheumatoid arthritis ??? Are you on some sort of special meds for those inflamed joints in your lungs???

You are either just being Victorian or incredibly thick .... get your ass to a doctor and get checked out before you hit the water again. Your just going to thin out the gene pool if you don't, which based on this post may not be a bad thing.

- "but am scared" ... so you should be you bloody clown !

regards Baz

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3 years 2 weeks ago #300915 by elude
elude replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Well thanks very much for these replies. Appreciate the assist although not the abuse.

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3 years 2 weeks ago - 3 years 2 weeks ago #300916 by AB
AB replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Elude,
Baz can be like that at times, but he has been pretty good on this forum of late. As always, proper medical advice is advised to determine the cause and if any treatment is required. Shortness of breath can have a multitude of causes, but not commonly linked to arthritis. Having said that I have arthritis in my sternum (from old injury )which sometimes causes pain which makes it hard to breathe, but the pain lets me know the cause. If you are on medication for your arthritis, and were also taking other medicines the cocktail might be worth analysing in case it could cause you problems.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful and degenerative disease, and my mum suffered badly, but had the ethos, "move it or lose it". It would be worth finding out the cause of your difficulty in Bali so you have the confidence to keep being active, and the hyperbaric effects of diving have been suggested as beneficial to arthritis sufferers. Go to your doc and talk to them, it might be as simple as a consequence of dehydration, or more complex like the mix of drugs, but worth finding out!

Alan
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3 years 2 weeks ago #300917 by Bazza
Bazza replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
This is not abuse ... its rock solid advice that any responsible diver should know, fully understand - AND need not to ask on a forum..

Next stop will be you going diving because some tosser on the wankernet says its fine and then WE - the diving industry have to combat another court case because you got yourself drowned. Darwin rules in my book but this nanny state does not see it that way.

Christ mate think about the implications of your actions, they effect us all. Go see a doctor !

regards Baz

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3 years 2 weeks ago - 3 years 2 weeks ago #300919 by elude
elude replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Bazza just pull your head in. Pardon me for reading and seeing a heading "diving medicine"
No where did it say the site was a venue for you to vent your spleen on someone and about something you clearly know nothing. The only thing being illustrated by your comments is your own ignorance. But never fear I am sure you can continue as you have before I mistakenly ventured into this forum looking for an assist.
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3 years 2 weeks ago #300920 by Bazza
Bazza replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Mate you jump on this forum - which you have been a member of for over ten years and put a post up that looks like a total troll and its got to be a troll for the very simple reason that no one who has done over ten years diving ( assumption) could really be that stupid and you wonder why I wrote what I did - unbelievable princess!

In regard to clearly not knowing anything about your problem ... emmmm

Every single student learns that if you exit the water not feeling well and in your case seriously not feeling well - so much so that the staff had to put you on O2 then you need to seek medical advice. You do not jump on here because you saw a heading labelled "diving medicine" and seek advice. You are a danger to yourself.

In the case you described you need to get sound medical advice from a doctor and not from the Diveoz forum.

if you cant work out that for yourself then you need to seek even more medical advice but not in diving.

Come on mate ... admit its a troll, no ones that dumb ..... Baz

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3 years 2 weeks ago #300926 by AB
AB replied the topic: Diving with rheumatoid Arthritis
Elude,
Forums are places where people say what they think, and some are sensitive to others, while some are not. Personally, I look at the posts and take note of those which seem to have some value, and simply disregard those which don't. Don't think you can change people here, simply take on board whatever useful info you get, thank those who have helped, and ignore those who are trying to upset you. When you react, they win.

Alan
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