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Old 11-27-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Chest Pain One Year After Pneumothorax

Hello everyone!
A quick history- December 2011 my right lung collapsed, I had a chest tube inserted, was in the hospital almost a week, and all check ups after that, the doctor has said that everything looks great! I do know that this will cause crazy anxiety (or it has with me) due to the extreme pain of the chest tube, and even the nurse telling me that it would probably happen again. After the incident, I realize that it is more of a common thing that I thought. I was 31 yrs old, small frame, and had smoked since I was 15 yrs old! Believe it or not, I did make a deal with God and haven't smoked one cig since I went in the hospital!! But, as I am right now, I go through periods where I have pain on the inside of my chest when breathing in and pain in my back. I do not feel the bubbles as when the lung collapsed, or haven't had the crazy coughing spell. Also, from everything that I have read, it seems this is normal, and that a chest tube can cause nerve damage and scar tissue. Any suggestions on what to do for this?? I take tylenol and advil as needed, but it just gets scary! Thank you

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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Re: Chest Pain One Year After Pneumothorax

Hi...I'd definitely get in to the doc again and demand an x-ray. The pains you're having sound exactly like the small collapses I was happening before the one that landed me in the hospital.

Since you only were tubed, I would say that it's probable of another collapse.

In 1975, I had thoracotamy/pleurodesis/blebs stitched after 3 tubings. I was in the hospital for a month with a fairly long and painful recovery of 3 months (and 5 months before I could shift my standard truck :-b

It Will never collapse again, but I can sometimes feel when there might be some air if there happened to be a thin area and leaking of some air maybe? A deep breath will help rid the pain, but it's a very sharp one...not like a collapse.

When you get these episodes, how long to they last? and how long are you taking the advil/tylenol?

Was your collapse on the right or the left?

If on the right...have you had your gallbladder checked as well?

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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Re: Chest Pain One Year After Pneumothorax

Thank you so much for the response!
I actually went to my lung doctor yesterday, had an x-ray and he listened to my lungs and said that everything was great!! He did say that I probably have some inflamed chest muscles right now? Which is a little scary, because that is what they told me at first last year : ( But, that was also at a quick med clinic, and he is the specialist. It was on the right side, and I haven't had my gallbladder checked, so if this keeps up, that is definitely an option! I do feel better mentally after seeing him and also because the pains are not the same as they were with the collapse (no bubbles or constant pain). Again, thank you so much for the response!! It also helps to talk with people that have actually had the same problem!

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Re: Chest Pain One Year After Pneumothorax

Hi..it's good you went to your doctor and got checked out.

Inflamed muscles related to the tubing after a year seems strange, but it's possible that you have muscle pain or discomfort or some possible scarring in an area.
Did the doc say where exactly the muscle inflammation was?

Could it possibly be from overworking muscles such as too much exercise or strain from what you do at work or how you slept? Do you see a chiropractor or massage therapist?

Did you just have the tubing or talc pleurodesis done?

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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Re: Chest Pain One Year After Pneumothorax

Hi! I just had the chest tube inserted- no pleurodesis. I do see a chiropractor, but not on a regular basis. I think that was the verdict because it is not a constant pain, just in the middle of my chest and in my shoulder blade when I take a really deep breath? Like I said, it does help mentally knowing that he said everything is ok, I just really do not understand the pain. Hopefully it will go away soon!

 
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Re: Chest Pain One Year After Pneumothorax

If you see a chiropractor, I'd suggest you have your upper and mid back adjusted. I also get that symptom as well (and it goes down my arm sometimes too) and the chiro definitely can relieve it.

It won't hurt to have it done.

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