[abstract] PAIN SYNDROMES ASSOCIATED WITH DECOMPRESSION

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Title: [abstract] PAIN SYNDROMES ASSOCIATED WITH DECOMPRESSION
Author: Booth, L; Cross, MR
Abstract: In an extension of a study designed to determine the incidence of decompression sickness in a commercial diving population, questions were asked about the occurrence, nature and distribution of any 'other aches and pains'. 260 replies to the questionnaire form the basis of this study. The results presented in this paper are derived from the 110 men who reported having experienced some manifestation of Type 1 decompression sickness, since it could be assumed that they would be able to give meaningful answers to questions relating to aches and pains, other than those of decompression sickness. Of the 110 men in this sample, 63 had experienced 'other aches and pains' associated with decompression, but which they did not consider to be a manifestation of decompression sickness. It was found that 43 of the 63 subjects did nothing about the pain and failed to report it, 7 sought recompression, and the remaining 13 men used 'personal remedies'. An analysis of the time of occurrence and the distribution of the pain suggests that it occurs primarily during or after decompression and appears mainly at sites which are commonly the location of the pain of decompression sickness. The symptoms described generally lasted for one or two hours, but in some cases persisted for as long as 48 hours. It was noted that there is a good correlation between the incidence of Type 1 bends, 'other aches and pains' and undue fatigue, for various modes of diving. The authors suggest that this manifestation of pain may reflect either an atypical characteristic of Type 1 decompression sickness, or that it may be similar to the pain of bone marrow necrosis such as is described in sickle cell disease. An analogy between the pain syndromes of decompression, and of myocardial ischaemia and infarction, is drawn.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held May 25-29, 1981. The Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California (http:www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/4533
Date: 1981

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