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lmparr
04-17-2008, 22:25
My boyfriend and I just completed PADI Open Water certification. There were 3 gals in the class and 2 males. 2 of us 3 girls had no issues with clearing ears, or other sinus pains; however we did notice that we were getting soar throats while descending.

The instructor had no idea what would cause this?

Have any of you other ladies heard of soar throat pain, or do you have any idea what causes it? More importantly how to prevent it?

Penguino
04-17-2008, 23:04
Was it only when you were descending? Because I know that some regs give you dry mouth due to the lack of moisture in the compressed air. I guess this could hypothetically give you a sore throat, but if it went away after you descended then I have no idea. Maybe you had to burp and the bubble was caught....

lmparr
04-17-2008, 23:35
This will seem odd, but it has happened both times I was doing the excercise of taking my mask off underwater and putting it back on.

It's a sharp pain in the back of the throat that occurs while taking a breath from the reg.

Penguino
04-18-2008, 01:36
This will seem odd, but it has happened both times I was doing the excercise of taking my mask off underwater and putting it back on.

It's a sharp pain in the back of the throat that occurs while taking a breath from the reg.

If thats the only time it hurts, the solution is easy. Quit taking off your mask underwater:smilie39:. Seriously though... thats odd...

lmparr
04-18-2008, 09:17
This will seem odd, but it has happened both times I was doing the excercise of taking my mask off underwater and putting it back on.

It's a sharp pain in the back of the throat that occurs while taking a breath from the reg.

If thats the only time it hurts, the solution is easy. Quit taking off your mask underwater:smilie39:. Seriously though... thats odd...

Now why didn't I think of that?:smilie39:

Osprey
04-18-2008, 10:44
I haven't had that issue, hmm.. I hope it doesn't occur again though

DollFin
04-18-2008, 13:19
Just a theory, but have you had your tonsils out? If not, maybe something about the changing pressure is affecting them when you descend.

Foo2
04-18-2008, 14:00
I've never had any problems with my throat hurting. Could you have been a little dehydrated?

jimmysdevoted
04-27-2008, 16:23
I had it whjen I was foirst learning to breath hold and snorkel.
Theer is a section in teh back of teh throat that regulates constriction of the throat. If its being strained, as in learning to dive before you get comfortable second nature, you cramp. which dries out the mucus membranes as well....
once you learn to control breathing and it becomes second nature it goes away..
I am surprised you didnt get the headache as well......... Thanks to a plumonary specialist who is a diver with an awsome email he explained this to me.....

Chocoholic
04-27-2008, 17:24
Never heard of this before, but it's cool to learn something new everyday.

mixahl
04-27-2008, 17:36
I would still ask your doctor instead of a forum since this does not usually occur. If it were ear pain, anyone can tell you this was because of pressure but pharyngeal pain is not common in diving. "Throat' could mean nasopharynx, oropharynx or laryngopharynx. Please consult your doctor.