This all sounds familiar!
I was just browsing the internet looking for advice re chest pains etc after pneumothorax.
I had a right side pneumothorax in July. I had an Aspiration and then a chest drain inserted too. After 5 painful days in hospital, the lung back up and i was discharged. After a few days at home I quickly started to feel quite unwell. Soon, I was diagnosed as having Swine Flu which as you can imagine, was not needed at all!
Since then though things haven't really improved. I've been coughing a lot. It's a really irrititating, dry cough that suddenly bursts out. It can be quite painful and very embarrassing! I have a weird sensation high up on the right side of my chest, deep inside. It's more uncomfortable than painful most of the time but can be quite sharply painful at times.
I've been back to my gp a few times, always with the same symptoms: cough, chest discomfort/pain, fatigue and anxiety. He has been quite sympathetic but quite sure it's just a matter of a longer term recovery.
I did end up back at A&E month ago. I was feeling very breathless and coughing a lot. They did the usual, ECG, Xray, blood tests and listening to chest sounds etc but with everything coming back normal they referred me back to the respiratory team at the hospital.
I went to see them today. It was another washout really. Nothing so much as an xray was done. I felt a bit of a fool.
The doc i saw told me it was most likely that it would all clear up in time. Maybe he's right but I do feel very frustrated! I wanted a bit more of a 'why' and 'what to do'.
It's annoying that I couldn't get across to him just how it feels and how worrying it is.
I'm wondering, how are you getting on? Any news? Or, any good advice?