Decompression Sickness Symptoms
What are the signs of the bends?
Decompression sickness symptoms generally begin within 6-48 hours after diving.
Type I (involving the muscles, skin, and lymphatics) symptoms include:
- aching of joints (most commonly the elbow and shoulder),
- mottling of the skin,
- itching, and
Type II (involving the brain, ears, and lungs) symptoms include:
- numbness and tingling, and
- chest pain.