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    Pain in throat and chest after freediving

    Hi all,

    Five days ago today i spent a little more than three consecutive hours in the ocean freediving to shallow depths. Max depth was seven meters, max time under was one minute and every surface interval was at least two minutes. Ended up swallowing some amounts of water when on the surface, but besides some coughing didn't feel bad.
    As the title says, i have had throat and chest pain sinse i came out of the water, from neglible when breathing normally to bad when breathing deep (throat and chest alike). Pain is only on my right side. First two days after it felt like i had a small fever running.

    Went diving yesterday, felt light pain throughout the dive, skippet the planned dive today. Can't tell if it got worse from yesterdays dive or if it's just my imagination being overly active

    Anyone else experienced something similar? If so, what was the cause?
    Thanks to the internet i have diagnosed myself as potentially suffering from Pleurisy Any thoughts about that diagnose?

    Since i am not used to freediving, could this simply be a result of strained muscles, doing something they are not used to?
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    Re: Pain in throat and chest after freediving

    Quote Originally Posted by bherman  View Original Post
    Hi all,

    Five days ago today i spent a little more than three consecutive hours in the ocean freediving to shallow depths. Max depth was seven meters, max time under was one minute and every surface interval was at least two minutes. Ended up swallowing some amounts of water when on the surface, but besides some coughing didn't feel bad.
    As the title says, i have had throat and chest pain sinse i came out of the water, from neglible when breathing normally to bad when breathing deep (throat and chest alike). Pain is only on my right side. First two days after it felt like i had a small fever running.

    Went diving yesterday, felt light pain throughout the dive, skippet the planned dive today. Can't tell if it got worse from yesterdays dive or if it's just my imagination being overly active

    Anyone else experienced something similar? If so, what was the cause?
    Thanks to the internet i have diagnosed myself as potentially suffering from Pleurisy Any thoughts about that diagnose?

    Since i am not used to freediving, could this simply be a result of strained muscles, doing something they are not used to?
    Its inhaled water in the lungs. It will go away.
    I dont know the the reson it hurts is the lungtissue being irritated but it is the lungs them selves thaty hurt.

    Its definetly NOT strained muscles or such.

    Nicolai

    PS: I'm no doctor, so perhaps you should contact one

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    Re: Pain in throat and chest after freediving

    If you got saltwater into your lungs it can create a "ödem" (don´t know english word, maybe edema?) This can give you problems and if the pain won´t go away I would realy visit a doc.

    Second thing is, if you are not used to freediving, especially bigger depths, you can get lung barotrauma/squeeze as your lung tissue is not used to take the pressures, this is normal when freediving. This is the reason why you have to train freediving and start with shallow depth´s. Freediving is realy complex when it comes to training. Many poeple which can hold their breath think they can go deep, most of them get lung squeeze from that untrained deep diving. coughing blood is an often seen thing in this sport

    Get well mate and better check with a doc to see theres nothing wrong with your lung.

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    Re: Pain in throat and chest after freediving

    Quote Originally Posted by bherman  View Original Post
    Hi all,

    Five days ago today i spent a little more than three consecutive hours in the ocean freediving to shallow depths. Max depth was seven meters, max time under was one minute and every surface interval was at least two minutes. Ended up swallowing some amounts of water when on the surface, but besides some coughing didn't feel bad.
    As the title says, i have had throat and chest pain sinse i came out of the water, from neglible when breathing normally to bad when breathing deep (throat and chest alike). Pain is only on my right side. First two days after it felt like i had a small fever running.

    Went diving yesterday, felt light pain throughout the dive, skippet the planned dive today. Can't tell if it got worse from yesterdays dive or if it's just my imagination being overly active

    Anyone else experienced something similar? If so, what was the cause?
    Thanks to the internet i have diagnosed myself as potentially suffering from Pleurisy Any thoughts about that diagnose?

    Since i am not used to freediving, could this simply be a result of strained muscles, doing something they are not used to?
    Probably not pleurisy, but you may be describing pleuritic pain, which comes from the pleura, the membrane that surrounds the lung and the inside of the chest.

    The most likely reason for pleuritic pain in this context is that some air has gotten somewhere it shouldn't, probably during coughing. The throat pain suggests some air in the mediastinum.

    I would suggest seeing a real doctor, rather than well-intentioned non-experts on the internet. A diving medicine specialist would be ideal, but there aren't many of us around. I would think a chest X-ray is in order to rule out pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum.

    Pulmonary oedema is painless, by the way.

    Andy

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    Re: Pain in throat and chest after freediving

    I've had a lung squeeze from freediving and it really hurts. There's no mistaking it, bad enough that I couldn't sleep for about 3 days. It felt more in my back and mid section though. It gets better on it's own if that's what it is. Go see a doctor to be sure.

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    Re: Pain in throat and chest after freediving

    Not enough pain to be lungsqueeze and now it's settling down.
    Did a dive yesterday, no worsening since.

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