Posted by Caroline Pellow
on July 07, 2000 at 09:15:35:
In Reply to: Re: Penumo Thorax (collapsed lung) posted by Lisa on February 18, 2000 at 17:55:53:
: : My son has had two spontaneous collapsed lungs in 6 months. He is 20 , tall, thin and fit. It is likely he will have a 3rd and maybe more. Each pneomo thorax is very painfull and a drain ahs to be inserted into his chest cavity. Because of all of this, he is hospital for about 6-7 days and the recuperation process is about 2 weeks.
: : I am sure there are other young people out there who have suffered a pneumo thorax and if so, please put a message on the baord or e-mail me and advise me on what to do to avoid him having a 3rd or even re-assure me that he is not alone.
: : Thank you
: I had the same thing happen to me two times(same lung). What is really weird is that it happened to my sister too(both lungs, different times) When mine collapsed the second time I had surgery. Basically they went in and stapled my lung. The Doctor said it would never again collapse where he stapled it(uper left lobe)
: It could collapse on the bottom part but it has been almost 10 years and it hasn't happend yet!!!
: I'm not sure what this is called but you might ask his Doctor about it. I hope this helps.
: By the way I am female and I was in my early 20s when this happened (also very thin)
: I was told that it happens more often to tall thin men than women.
: Best of luck, Lisa
: You can email me if you have any questions I might can answer
I'm now 22, but in my first year of University when I was 19 I suffered from a lot of chest pain and thought nothing of it until my flat mate made me go to the Doctors as I was complaining that it felt like I had a lose brick in my chest!!
They found that I to had a collapsed lung on my left side and tried to reinflate it. To cut a long story short my left lung continued to collapse 6 times in 3 months!! University went on hold and I found I was very restricted with everything I tried to do in fear that it would collapse again. Sure enough it did and this time I was so fed up I actually begged for them to operate.
Four months on from the first collaspe I had a the operation. This involved an incision through the back of my chest wall and the scraping out of all the pleura so when the lung reinflated it would stick to the new surface of the chest wall. Sounds lovely I know!!
The operation went well and even though I have never been so scared in my whole life it was worth it. (Touch wood)
The surgeon said the left lung should never collapse again and so far it hasn't and I hope it keeps that way!!
I know I certainly was worried about flying again (with the problems of the pressurised cabin) but 2 years on I have been given the all clear and have flown 3 times without any problem.
I still get a lot of chest pain and we've had many false alarms rushing for chest X-rays. However, I think the operation is the best option if you have frequently collapsed lungs even though the thought of it is scary at least it gives you some certainy and you can then start to forget about it.
Apologies for the long message and good luck!!
P.S Feel free to e-,mail me if I can help anyone at all!