Chest and back pain left side while breathing....related to TAA??

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Hi everyone, I've mentioned previously of my 4.4 TAA and also experiencing slight to moderate pain when I breathe in deep, sneeze hard or cough hard. If I'm breathing normal I don't feel anything, I also don't feel pain if I lift my arms, bend down, etc. 

Went back and forth to pulmonologist, gave me breathing test, chest x-ray, CT scan with contrast.....lungs are working as they should, responding normally. CT scan did not find pulmonary embolisym  (my initial concern), nor did it find any other issues within my lungs. 

PCP and cardiologist think it's muscular/skeletal, pulmo thinks that's a possibility. I was concerned about pleuritis but that was ruled out. 

Concern is that I'm leaving Saturday to go to Cozumel for 7 days and 15 dives. Going to take it nice and easy and abort dives if I have to, or simply request to stay shallow if pressure affects me.

Curious now if my TAA has anything to do with this??? Anyone else experience this?

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              To me it sounds like all your  worries were groundless

    Have you mentioned the diving to your doctor ?

    (I am assuming you know what happens to your body when you dive, things get compressed, and that includes everything inside of you, heart, lungs, stomach and basically everything else)

    What sort of depths are you diving ?

    As regards to your TA, I wouldnt worry too much

    I went back down the gym today after a break of nearly 3 months, I'm fine now, but I know tomorrow is going to be a day were I will be as stff as a board and thins are going to hurt, but they arent going to kill me

    I was blowing like an old steam engine after 6000 meters on the rowing machine (my time was rubbish, 40 minutes, 10 minutes slower than 3 months ago, but give me a week or 2 and I'll be back there)

    My heart rate and breathing were back to normal after 5-10 minutes, then I went  onto the weights, nothing more than 50 kgs benching and squatting, 20 kgs for curls, just go to failure (but you know all this BS biggrin)

    Go on holiday, enjoy tourself and stop worrying, came  back and tell us what a great time you had, then go  and bore your doctor with it while he gives you the once over (but before ask him about diving and safe depths neutral)

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      Hey Derrick,

      I told you I'm an excessive worrier! LOL but I have gotten much better, as time progresses I am simply getting more and more accustomed and accepting of this, and simply going on with my business, WITH a few modifications smile

      So I met with the dive shop last night, they are aware of my TAA and my slight chest/back pain when I breathe in deep. I took some semi-deep inhales off a tank in the shop, barely bothered me at that time (did it just now, slight discomfort but going to pass this off now as musculur/skeletal). Plan is I will take the dive nice and slow, sit at edge of boat, slip my gear on and slide right in, then take it off in water, hand it to them and climb aboard. As for depths, deepest is 100 feet but they don't go past 80 (deepest I've done is 108). If at any point I feel discomfort I am not going to push it and will alert the divemaster and Mary our dive shop instructor I am aborting the dive and will ascend and chill on the boat. Sucks but it is what it is. 

      ?Going to attempt a whale shark snorkel at the end of the week, pictures to come! smile

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      You are going to be fine, you are going to take it easy, you arent going to get any shock getting into the water (should be warm enough this time of the year)

      You are an experienced dive so there wont be any panting, just slow deep breaths, the only time I can see your heart rate going up will be excitement, when you see the few fish and then when you see the whale shark

      I have just been down the gym and my chest aches, but its something I expect, its muscles getting used to working again (I was off for 3 months (Turkey and Egypt) 

      The heavist thing I lifted on there was a pint pot,

      (I dived as well (Ras Mohammend) I didnt even lift the bottle, I just sat down and strapped it on, I rolled off backwards into the water

      (If I had rolled forward I would have still been on the boat lol)

      I just went to 15 meters (its not that deep, I was down for 45 minutes, no problems and plenty left in the tank

      Go off, have a great time, come back and tell us how much fun you had

      The only thing you have to worry about now is getting to the airport on time, what the airline food is going to be like and if you are going to get an upgrade at the hotel (tell em you are really deserving of an upgrade, because of your condition (as if)

      Just give the free diving a miss this time

      GO NOW !!! tell me what I missed and you saw biggrin

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      Ever see the video of the guy that saw the guy next to him roll backward, then he attempted it and instead jumped up, bounced off the edge and landed face first back into the boat? Love that video smile

      Airline food....I'd rather drink unfiltered water in Mexico. 

      I'm going to make them pity me and get me a room with a hot tube...HA! 

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