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Breathlessness and back pain after diving. Now constant pressure on upper chest. What can I do?

i jumped off of a diving board in an Olympic size pool. i think i landed on my tail bone, when i came up, i couldnt breathe and was in awful back pain , its been a little over a week n still have some back pain but also have constant pressure on my upper chest . Anything i could do to feel better would be helpful, thank you. I am a female, age 24
Asked On : Fri, 9 Nov 2012
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Hi thanks for your question.
Breathlessness, pain and pressure over chest after a jump from diving board could give rise preumothorax that is air in pleural cavity (chest). This is the No. 1 possibility which comes into my mind.Though pneumothorax is medical emergency, but mild pneumothorax can give rise to this type of symptoms without any danger. Examination by a physician followed by investigation like chest X-Ray is necessary to rule out this condition, which if present needs ER treatment. The other possibility could be trauma to chest wall or back.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Fri, 29 Nov 2013
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