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Major Lung Problems

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  • Posted By: Zach837313
  • September 3, 2007
  • 10:38 AM

My problems started off in my lungs around two years ago. I am now 19-Male, tall and skinny, which I've heard multiple times is one of the main reasons I've had these problems. Anyways my left lung collapsed the first time two years ago and I was just feeling wierd pains in my chest, especially when I breathed deeply. However, I slept on it and went to the hospital the next day where I had to get a chest tube in later that night. I expected there to be something, but I never expected that it was going to be this big. To not make this story too long... My right lung then collapsed a couple months later and again I got a chest tube. After that, My left lung collapsed two more times but not enough to the point where I needed a chest tube for them. On the other hand, I had to get the Pleurodesis surgery done on that side, which really wasn't that bad because they were able to do it microscopically. That all ended about a year ago. Then, this past summer I was studying abroad in Mexico, when I felt shortness of breathe and more pains in my right side. I ended up going to the hospital and was told that there was nothing wrong by one of the Mexican Doctors. However, since I knew I had another pneumothorax based on my past experience, I decided to listen to the advice of my surgeons from overseas, and got another chest x-ray the next day. It turned out I had another one, and after the pneumothorax did not heal after a couple days, I again got a chestube inserted. About four days later once everything was healed, they were about to remove the chest tube when the doctor noticed it was collapsing again. They then air-ambulanced me to Houston, where they monitored me there. In Houston, everything looked fine after a couple of days, so they took out the chestube. However, as soon as they took it out, the lung collapsed again.. causing them to again put the chest tube in that night. I then went into surgery in the morning, having another Pleurodesis done. This one turned out to be a lot worse than the first, because they weren't able to get it with the scopes and instead had to go in through my back. That was about six weeks ago and within the past couple of days, I've finally been able to do some light jogging again, even though it will be another couple weeks before I can get back to normal.

But I really wanted to tell this story, in order for everyone out there who does have minor or major chest pains to go see a doctor. Make sure that you just don't shrug these kind of things off. I thought that I was just overexaggerating when I first felt the pain, but they said the problem could have been critical if I waited a few more days the first time.

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  • Hi there. I read your story and can relate. I had my first pneumo when i was 23. Im 29 now and actually sitting in the hospital with a chest tube for my fourth pneumo. I have not had any other surgeries but the chest tubes. Is there anything you know of to help strengthen your lungs? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
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