DoctorB.....So sorry to hear this happened! Can you tell us what your symptoms were?
I was sore after diving (Bonne Terre Mine). If you haven't been there, it's cold (58 degrees), and the dive deck is about 110 feet below ground. So between dives it's a long walk up to the surface, especially after the last dive carrying your gear. So I was sore from the climbing. The next day, that soreness started getting better, but I had a new deep ache in my shoulders, and paresthesias (tingling and numbness) in my hands and to a lesser extent in my feet. Interestingly shoulder ache and peripheral paresthesias are the most common DCS symptoms. It would be VERY easy to blow it off as overexertion. I went to bed and the next morning it wasn't any better, so I quickly got over my denial and called the DAN emergency number and soon thereafter, dive 100 was under way (attached). The symptoms disappeared at 60 feet on pure O2, but returned after treatment. So far:
Dive 100 - USN Table 6 (4 hrs)
Dive 101 - USN Table 5 with extensions
Dive 102 - USN Table 5
Dive 103 - USN Table 6 (I had new neuro symptoms, paresthesias throughout both legs, after dive 102)
Dive 104 - USN Table 5
I'm glad I got it treated right away. The doc and DAN folks were telling me that the longer you let it go, the less successful treatment is, and it more likely you will never be able to dive again. Also, the chamber is nothing to fear. It's just VERY boring.
In the mean time, I can't fly for a month, and can't dive for two months.
Have fun in T&C. Wish I could be there blowing bubbles, celebrating my B-day and Dive 100 in SD style! O/W I'll see you all in Bonaire in the spring.