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4ft underwater, dived deeper, momentarily lost consciousness

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Mr. Ed, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. Divehead

    Divehead Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Bonaire
    To add to that: Even if you might want to accept the risk, because you liked the feeling, or because "it might not be that risky", it's also putting your instructor and if you have them, other students at risk.

    See a doctor. Definitely don't go diving. Not even in the pool
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  2. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    Blacking out in an environment where one has to hold a regulator in ones mouth to survive gives me bad vibes.

    Does it really feel as if you were about to black out, or is it more a balance related thing? Dizziness? Perhaps your ears do not equalize the pressure at the same time? A slight delay in one would cause momentary dizziness. Some people I know have such a problem. It only lasts a moment. Another possibility is that the sheer excitement clouds your mind. This would only be a mental thing then. If you experience a real loss of consciousness though, then something is seriously wrong.

    Whatever the true reason might be, it would be wise to consult a doctor specializing in hyperbaric medicine (=diving). That's why we love Divers Alert Network membership. Insured or not, you can get some answers: Talk directly with medical specialists on DAN's medical information line
  3. Kimela

    Kimela Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St Louis
    I agree with those saying to see a doc who specializes in dive medicine. A generalist knows a little bit about a lot of things. A specialist has a much deeper understanding of a very specific area of medicine. I love my family doc, but I wouldn't expect her to know anything about what happened to you while diving. Good luck!
  4. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: 13045
    Condition has not occurred again. My doctor is a scuba diver. Plan to continue training for now.
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  5. Nirvana

    Nirvana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    First of all, welcome to diving! I hope any medical issues you may have are resolved and that your training go well.

    Can I ask about the result of your appointment with your doctor? What did he or she say about your apparent loss of consciousness? Did you do any test or consult with a different specialist (e.g. neurologist or cardiologist)? Also, have you called Diver’s Alert Network (DAN, referenced in a post above)?

    Finally, you may consider creating a thread on the dive medicine section of the forum, where you are more likely to receive input from medically trained Scubaboard members.

    Once again, welcome, and good luck on your training and on your future dives!
  6. boat sju

    boat sju Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Haslett, Michigan
    Mr. Ed,

    Just curious, have you ever had any issues with vertigo?

  7. racerx_

    racerx_ Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Singapore
    scariest thing i've read on scubaboard in a long time. dive safe.
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  8. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

    Is your scuba diving doctor a neurologist or a cardiologist?

    Make sure your life insurance is paid up.
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  9. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    Maybe he has no wife or children. In that case life insurance would be superfluous.
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  10. Sevenrider860

    Sevenrider860 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Newnan, GA
    Is it possible this was vertigo? New diver, maybe an equalization imbalance between ears?
    I have had people describe vertigo as a feeling of “almost fainting”.

    OP states “loss consciousness”, so it is very concerning. But I wonder if it was a feeling “like”, versus “actual” due to vertigo.

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