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Old 06-01-2018, 10:18 PM   #1
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trachea Squeeze

My son got a trachea squeeze a while ago at a relatively shallow depth. Has anyone else experienced this? Did they seek medical care? etc?
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Old 06-02-2018, 06:05 AM   #2
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How old is he? How long ago was it and does he still have symptoms?
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:49 AM   #3
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What happened?? Did he borrow your spear gun again?? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:21 PM   #4
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Re: trachea Squeeze

He's 19 and had it a few months ago. maybe some discomfort now when freediving.
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Old 06-02-2018, 08:39 PM   #5
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Normally a squeeze should heal in a couple of weeks -> a month. If he is still having problems / still feel it after a couple of months I would seek a proper medical evaluation to sort out any potential hazards.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:08 PM   #6
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Re: trachea Squeeze

What depth?
How do you know it was a trachea squeeze? - What were the symptoms?
Has he had a squeeze before?

This is a well documented freediving injury. An advanced course such as F.I.I. Level 2 will teach you what exactly happens, how to prevent it, and what to do it about afterwards. Definitely shouldn't still be freediving immediately after. Since the only way to know the severity of the injury is by doing a specific test 5-10min after the dive occurred - he should wait at least a month to be on the safe side.

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Old 06-03-2018, 10:11 PM   #7
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Re: trachea Squeeze

It was a few months ago. He had pain, discomfort, bleeding and was only in 50 feet.
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What happened?? Did he borrow your spear gun again?? .
Did nobody catch that joke or was it not funny. I'll apologies for the latter.
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It was a few months ago. He had pain, discomfort, bleeding and was only in 50 feet.
50ft is very rare, but still possible. His anatomy could be more prone to a trachea squeeze. Was there an obvious sudden movement?
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No movement that he recognized and he had been to around 85 or so a lot before this. Seems very weird to me.
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If he still has discomfort after a few months , he should be checked by a MD with experience in freediving....
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Re: trachea Squeeze

I had 2 severe asthma attacks recently on my ascent from 80-89' depth. Immersion Pulmonary Edema. Never grew up with asthma, diving induced only. Thought that was very weird too! Told by pulmonary specialist to never dive again. Called DAN, who referred me to Dr. Michael Chidester, WPB Internal Medical doc/ Hyperbaric . You may want to send your son to be checked out, awesome doc, and said I Can dive again!
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I had 2 severe asthma attacks recently on my ascent from 80-89' depth. Immersion Pulmonary Edema. Never grew up with asthma, diving induced only. Thought that was very weird too! Told by pulmonary specialist to never dive again. Called DAN, who referred me to Dr. Michael Chidester, WPB Internal Medical doc/ Hyperbaric . You may want to send your son to be checked out, awesome doc, and said I Can dive again!
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:08 PM   #15
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Re: trachea Squeeze

It has happened to me a few times as well. Also in shallow depths (10-20 meters). Went to the doctor but they were clueless. Discussed this with my freediving instructors and I was told to take rest while the tissue healed. I think it could be a product of bad equalization. I needed to perfect the frenzel method. Still happens sometimes.
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