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Is it safe for an 85 year old man to go skydiving? (my grandpa is really healthy)

Is it safe for an 85 year old man to go skydiving? (my grandpa is really healthy)

Why Not?: Didn't george bush, sr. Just do that? He's probably not going to have a heart attack if his doctor says "ok", but he'll be at a higher risk for broken bones. I have an 80+ patient that still water skis. ...Read more

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I have mild hypertention, I have turned 40 and my JP said I cant skydive even though ive done lots of skydiving. What can I do?

I have mild hypertention, I have turned 40 and my JP said I cant skydive even though ive done lots of skydiving. What can I do?

Ignore GP & jump: Or you can ask your GP why s/he doesn't want you to skydive anymore. Before your chat, search your skydive guidelines for heart disease restrictions. Then start tracking your own blood pressure. How well controlled is it? Perhaps you'll be "allowed" to skydive if your BP is better controlled? One other solution: find another GP who is more amenable to your activities. . . ...Read more

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Will the effects of what look like Botox/ Filler come undone by skydiving? Will we be in for a mighty shock when they land?? I am curious.

Will the effects of what look like Botox/ Filler come undone by skydiving? Will we be in for a mighty shock when they land?? I am curious.

Face will be fine...: Unless one lands on his or her face, the face will be fine (if it was fine prior to leaving the plane). Thus, be sure to execute a proper landing. No worries. ...Read more

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I have a broken coccxis (since I was a child, I m 39 now.) and little back pain and I will be doing skydiving (indoor) at the week end. Is that safe?

I have a broken coccxis (since I was a child, I m 39 now.) and little back pain and I will be doing skydiving (indoor) at the week end. Is that safe?

Not unsafe: Coccygeal Trauma as a child should've healed long ago. The fact that you continue to have chronic pain is unfortunate but does occur in a small % of people who've had an injury to the coccyx. There is a risk for reinjury in the extreme sport of skydiving but standard precautions prevailing you should be fine. You could add a little extra padding to the tailbone for good measure. ...Read more

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Should I go skydiving after spine surgery?

Should I go skydiving after spine surgery?

Maybe: It depends a lot on what surgery you have and how badly you want to jump. The problem is in landing can cause a lot of impact on the spine. If you have a healed spine after surgery and it is very stable, it should be ok. However, the more often you put impacts on the spine, the more it will be prone to further problems down the road. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go skydiving with a ventriculoatrial shunt (shunt is treating iih)?

Is it safe to go skydiving with a ventriculoatrial shunt (shunt is treating iih)?

Shunt: I am not sure anyone knows the answer to this question. My advice would be not to do it though there is no strong data in the literature that argues either way. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 14 years ago. I want to start skydiving on the weekends. Any concerns?

I had a kidney transplant 14 years ago. I want to start skydiving on the weekends. Any concerns?

All depends: Many renal transplant recipients have active lifestyle and transplant itself is not a contraindication to skydiving. If you are 28 years old and has no cardiac issues, I don't see a problem. However, since you have only one functioning kidney, you need to be careful not to sustain trauma that can cause irreversible damage to the allograft. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do indoor skydiving if I have a mild back pain? (due to a broken coccxis, broken as a child.)

Is it safe to do indoor skydiving if I have a mild back pain? (due to a broken coccxis, broken as a child.)

Back pain: Mild back pain should not limit your sports. Make sure that you do back exercises and stretches beforehand and ice the back afterward. If the activity does make the pain worse then either modify your approach or don't participate in that sport. The tailbone pain is likely related to degenerated lumbar discs and not a previously fractured coccyx. ...Read more

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I recently went indoor skydiving and immediately got a headache after. Every day since then I have developed headaches and upper right side neck aches?

I recently went indoor skydiving and immediately got a headache after. Every day since then I have developed headaches and upper right side neck aches?

See a doctor: You have to have a neurological examination performed by your primary care doctor or neurologist to rule out possible complications of indoor skydiving, ...Read more

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My fingers are numb and tingling from skydiving. Should I be worried?

My fingers are numb and tingling from skydiving. Should I be worried?

How are you now?: Sometimes the cold wind can do this; sometimes hyperventilating from the excitement can do it; sometimes you can get carpal tunnel going from gripping the toggles intensely, and if you land on your wrists, you can bruise the median nerve. If you're not better in 48 hours, get seen. ...Read more

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Septoplasty 6 weeks ago, went skydiving 24hrs ago. Since landing, I have had a lingering but minimal sinus headache. Immediate need for concern?

Septoplasty 6 weeks ago, went skydiving 24hrs ago. Since landing, I have had a lingering but minimal sinus headache. Immediate need for concern?

Depends: If this is from air being trapped either from the residual inflammation from the surgery or from nasal mucosal swelling (often allergic), then I would expect the problem to resolve within 2 days. If persistent or worsening, see doctor. ...Read more

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Should my friend be concerned about skydiving with breast implants?

Should my friend be concerned about skydiving with breast implants?

No: Skydiving with breast implants is no riskier than skydiving without implants, which can be risky itself :). ...Read more

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I had a severe concussion six years ago, after skydiving three days ago, I've had a headache, dizziness and brain fog since. Is it related?

I had a severe concussion six years ago, after skydiving three days ago, I've had a headache, dizziness and brain fog since. Is it related?

See below: I wouldn't think, unless you hit your head when you were skydiving. I'd check with a neurologist if this goes on more than 24-48 hours or if it gets worse. ...Read more

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My ears have been ringing a lot lately. Like everyday. Couple times s day. Sometimes more than 30min. Wat can cause this?

My ears have been ringing a lot lately. Like everyday. Couple times s day. Sometimes more than 30min. Wat can cause this?

Several things: This can be due to any process affecting the 8th nerve which allows you to hear. This includes the ear drum, middle ear, semicircular canals. Even external illnesses producing changes to that nerve thru pressure, inflammation, etc. Can do this. See an ENT doctor asap. ...Read more

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