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Panicked ,afraid it will happen again

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by CaptG, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    And thanks to @KathyV for the flashback, that's how acid reflux hit me the first time, but on dry land. Because I have asthma and diving for ages, I checked to see how my breathing was rather than how it seemed and realized my breathing was ok although my throat felt closed tight. Saw a doc and I've been good to go for some time now.

    Being in flat trim or head down can make it worse, or cause the event.

    See a doc, if this isn't the issue, your body could be telling you about something else.

    Then address the panic response, it could kill you.

    RayfromTX, chillyinCanada and KathyV like this.
  2. dsp

    dsp Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: gr/usa
    although 70ft is probably not deep enough, always be on the lookout for symptoms of narcosis. Specially if you had built up co2 before, lifting equipment or stressing out and then you did a rapid descent, it could well be mild narcosis that is giving you this uncomfortable feeling. when stuff doesn't feel right underwater on open circuit, if possible try to ascend a bit and reevaluate your situation. i would suggest in the future visualizing this before the dive so you develop a reflex to count the problem if you ever face it again.
  3. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    you might be a co2 retainer ...I am so I watch how fast I hit bottom , co2 can make anxious which can lead to panic if you don't get a hold of it .. I strive for about 40 -50 ftpm descent
  4. Matinee

    Matinee Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: US
    It sounds like a panic attack, which actually could be triggered by a dry mouth if your brain is confused. this is often how panic attack start. Brain reads body symptom (dry mouth, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath) that has some random non-pathological cause. But brain is being reactive and says OMG - symptom is what i feel when I'm scared! Therefore I am scared - and induces the fear/panic response.

    I had this start to happen to me when I was heavily pregnant and walking upstairs. "why am i short of breath... omg what's happening... wait I'm pregnant, this is expected, calm down brain". Your brain interprets changes and over-reacts.

    I think a lot of the advice above to start slow with easy dives is great. Retrain your body to be cool with diving, and when you feel panic come on (diving, or everyday) STOP and assess. Think. Is that symptom really informative? Or is your brain just taking things to the wrong conclusion.
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    Get checked for GERD
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  6. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Several years ago I had descended to about 80 fsw but had not carried my pony bottle as I had planned to go only to 40 fsw... until a bat ray lured me deeper. Once I hit depth I wasn't getting any air out of my tank and did an emergency ascent. At first I thought the fill station hadn't filled my tank, but then I remembered checking my SPG and the tank was full as I entered. Turned out the dip or debris tube had a particle fall right into it as I descended head first and that cut off my air supply.

    For several months after that I felt anxious as I descended on a dive, but fortunately once at depth everything settled down. That anxiety can certainly limit one's diving pleasure! Fortunately after a few months it went away.
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