Collapsed Lung / Pneumothorax
Has anyone here ever had experience with a collapsed lung? It happened to me last week -- thought I was having a heart attack. Anyway, when they finally told me what was wrong, they said a surgeon would come in the morning to do a chest tube -- was NOT happy about that. Well, when the surgeon finally came, he told me he was sending me home to let it resolve on its own. I really was scared to go home, but okay. I contacted a pulmonologist on my own, who said she would have done the tube, as it was over 30% of my lung. So, she has me coming in every 2-3 days for x-rays to make sure the lung is improving (it is). She is also running a lot of tests to figure out why this happened. I still have a good bit of pain/pressure in my chest and up my neck, along with a rumbling feeling in the lower middle of my chest -- it's making me crazy, but she says the rumbling is not from my lung (yes, she can hear it). Frankly, I'm just walking around scared to death now. I don't think we can post our ages, so I'll just say that I am late-thirties, very tall, very thin, and, up until last week, a smoker.
If anyone can share anything, I'd appreciate it....
Thanks and be well,