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Old 10-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #1
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Is it possible to overuse an incentive spirometer?

I'm just wondering. I had a collapsed lung a little over a month ago, and have used my incentive spirometer at least once a day since then. A few days ago, I started getting a pain in my chest, on the same side as the collapsed lung, and immediately ran for the spirometer. I had no problems with my breathing, and it did not hurt to use the spirometer and take a deep breath or anything, it just hurts a bit. Like, it's kind of sore.

Oh! You know how when you've skinned you knee and you wear a pair of shorts so you don't have the fabric of a pair of pants pressing down on your knee, and then you shift position or something and the fabric just kind of...grazes that skinned spot? Like, it doesn't HURT, but it's just VERY noticeable? Yeah, it feels kind of like that.

So, since that pain started, I've still been using the spirometer, just much, much, much more often than just once per day. I've gone back to using it almost hourly, just because I'm fragging paranoid and a train wreck of anxiety.

So, I was just wondering if it's possible to actually overuse an incentive spirometer and end up doing more harm than good?

 
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