Can you survive the bends?
Prognosis or outlook of people who develop the bends varies with the following factors: Prognosis is good with hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Delay to hyperbaric oxygen treatment: Although reports show that divers can do well after days of symptoms, delay in definitive treatment may cause damage that is irreversible.
Is the bends painful?
The less severe type (or musculoskeletal form) of decompression sickness, often called the bends, typically causes pain. The pain usually occurs in the joints of the arms or legs, back, or muscles. Sometimes the location is hard to pinpoint.
What are symptoms of the bends?
- Unusual fatigue.
- Itchy skin.
- Pain in the joints and/or muscles of the arms, legs or torso.
- Dizziness, vertigo and ringing in the ears.
- Numbness, tingling and paralysis.
- Shortness of breath.