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Question strange body reaction like electric shock

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dirkmayer

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Hello everyone.
I had a strange experience that worries me, maybe someone here knows what happened. I'm new to freediving and what happened wasn't actually going deep. I was running around the harbour and after that went for a swim in the sea. Then I had the stupid idea to practice my equalisation which I have difficulties with. I was only 2 or 3 m down when I got struck by what felt like an electric shock. My whole body vibrated and i heard a loud humming in my head. This lasted maybe 5 to 10 seconds. I have vage memories of a sting in the heart when it started but am actually not sure, my memory fails there. I felt paralysed because of this vibration in my body but still had a little control, I could reach the surface and swim very slowly back the 30m to the shore. After that I just felt weak. No further symptoms like numbness or speaking problems. Never the less I'm worried it might have been a mini stroke but maybe it's something simply related to the muscles still screaming for oxigen and me holding my breath, that probably you guys know...? anyone else experienced something similar?
 
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Perhaps it was just that, an electric shock. Swimming in proximity to electrical equipment shorting out in the water especially near docks is often a fatal occurrence. I could see this being a very short event if a breaker tripped due to the current drawing too high from the water.
 
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musubi

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Hello everyone.
I had a strange experience that worries me, maybe someone here knows what happened. I'm new to freediving and what happened wasn't actually going deep. I was running around the harbour and after that went for a swim in the sea. Then I had the stupid idea to practice my equalisation which I have difficulties with. I was only 2 or 3 m down when I got struck by what felt like an electric shock. My whole body vibrated and i heard a loud humming in my head. This lasted maybe 5 to 10 seconds. I have vage memories of a sting in the heart when it started but am actually not sure, my memory fails there. I felt paralysed because of this vibration in my body but still had a little control, I could reach the surface and swim very slowly back the 30m to the shore. After that I just felt weak. No further symptoms like numbness or speaking problems. Never the less I'm worried it might have been a mini stroke but maybe it's something simply related to the muscles still screaming for oxigen and me holding my breath, that probably you guys know...? anyone else experienced something similar?
It does sound like you did get electrically shocked by something. Have you had this happen before? If you're concerned it is something else, try again with a partner.

Otherwise, I've never heard of someone feeling that way on a dive.
 
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ureka

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Hello everyone.
I had a strange experience that worries me, maybe someone here knows what happened. I'm new to freediving and what happened wasn't actually going deep. I was running around the harbour and after that went for a swim in the sea. Then I had the stupid idea to practice my equalisation which I have difficulties with. I was only 2 or 3 m down when I got struck by what felt like an electric shock. My whole body vibrated and i heard a loud humming in my head. This lasted maybe 5 to 10 seconds. I have vage memories of a sting in the heart when it started but am actually not sure, my memory fails there. I felt paralysed because of this vibration in my body but still had a little control, I could reach the surface and swim very slowly back the 30m to the shore. After that I just felt weak. No further symptoms like numbness or speaking problems. Never the less I'm worried it might have been a mini stroke but maybe it's something simply related to the muscles still screaming for oxigen and me holding my breath, that probably you guys know...? anyone else experienced something similar? jitter test ometv
It looks like you were electrocuted by something. Have you had it before? If you're worried about something else, try again with your partner. Also, I've never heard of anyone feeling this way while diving.
 
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dirkmayer

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Perhaps it was just that, an electric shock. Swimming in proximity to electrical equipment shorting out in the water especially near docks is often a fatal occurrence. I could see this being a very short event if a breaker tripped due to the current drawing too high from the water.
thank you for your answer. it seems hard to believe but i dont know how far an electric charge could be felt in sea water, and i had the same comment form some friends. i'll check with the fishermen on that beach if there could have been a cable.
 
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stick500

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You wouldn’t feel anything like from a mini stroke. I had one a year ago and it simply made me confused for a couple days, and then fuzzy in my head for a few months. Nothing like a shock but pretty scary.
 
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