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DCS and weird symptoms

Discussion in 'Ask Dr. Decompression' started by Angelfish, Apr 2, 2001.

  1. Angelfish

    Angelfish Guest

    OK - no clue if you can shed some light on this. I was in Africa earlier this year (Jan) diving. While I was out there I got dysentry and was pretty ill, but got back into diving 2 days after I finished throwing up. Anyway the rest of the trip went fine apart from the fact that one mornig my knees were swollen - no injury or banging them on a boat, just swollen and painful. So I return to the UK and a couple of weeks go past and my knees are still inflammed (hot to the touch and swollen) so I go to my doctor. She sends me to a surgeon who xrays me and says he can't work out what caused it. Anyway I am still on the anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers and still in physio and still with swollen knees. They reckon it is something to do with the lurgy I picked up or my knees are just agrivated. Could it be something to do with the diving? Did diving dehydrated cause this? And how do I fix it? And more importantly can I go diivng as planned in a couple of weeks time?
  2. Angelfish

    Angelfish Guest

    maybe this should be in the medicine bit? I will post it there too but hopefully some one will have an answer! (OK I'm new here, it may take some time fo rme not to screw it up!)
  3. Thistle

    Thistle Angel Fish

    I am sorry you did not get any answear up to now. I am sure if someone is aware of something that could help you out he will post the stuff.
    I do not have a lot of experience in the medical filed but I never heard of anything like that. It is however difficult to conect your problem with diving. It may be some alergic reaction. If the xrays are not showing anything means that the surgeon can not help you.
    Another problem could be some inflamatory substance that got to your knees somehow, insect byte or something like that. That would explain the local reaction.
    Take good care of yourself.
  4. Dr Deco

    Dr Deco Medical Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Issaquah [20 miles east of Seattle], Washington.
    Hello Anglefish:

    You can be sure that this problem with your knees is not related to decompression sickness. Joint do not swell for days with DCS.

    If the circulation is impaired, it could radically affect the blood flow and the transport of gas in your limbs. One could become more prone to DCS were one to experience hindered elimination of dissolved gas.

    It seems to me that this needs to be viewed by a physician aware of tropical diseases and/or envenomation. From the standpoint of decompression, I would not think that further diving was a good idea until this clears up.
    Dr Deco

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