Can you get the bends from scuba diving?

What percentage of divers get the bends?

Onset

Time to onset Percentage of cases
within 1 hour 42%
within 3 hours 60%
within 8 hours 83%
within 24 hours 98%

What happens if you get the bends?

(Decompression Illness; Caisson Disease; The Bends)

Symptoms can include fatigue and pain in muscles and joints. In the more severe type, symptoms may be similar to those of stroke or can include numbness, tingling, arm or leg weakness, unsteadiness, vertigo (spinning), difficulty breathing, and chest pain.

Will the bends go away on its own?

In some cases, symptoms may remain mild or even go away by themselves. Often, however, they strengthen in severity until you must seek medical attention, and they may have longer-term repercussions.

What does the bends feel like?

The most common signs and symptoms of the bends include joint pains, fatigue, low back pain, paralysis or numbness of the legs, and weakness or numbness in the arms. Other associated signs and symptoms can include dizziness, confusion, vomiting, ringing in the ears, head or neck pain, and loss of consciousness.

When should I worry about the bends?

The Bends Follow-Up

Follow up immediately for any further signs or symptoms of decompression illness within the next 7 days. After suffering decompression sickness, individuals should not dive again until cleared by a doctor.

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Is dying from the bends painful?

Beating the bends

When divers ascend too quickly from deep waters, dissolved nitrogen in the blood forms bubbles which can cause excruciating pain in the muscles, paralysis, and in some cases even death.

What happens if a diver gets the bends?

The blockage is called an arterial gas embolism. Depending on where the bubbles are, you could have a heart attack or a stroke. Decompression sickness: Often called “the bends,” decompression sickness happens when a scuba diver ascends too quickly. Divers breathe compressed air that contains nitrogen.