I began coughing very hard it felt like their was flem caught up in the back of my throat that I couldn't cough up. I fainted and was carried to the ER by the paramedics. I was checked and X-rays of my chest were taken. I was told my lungs were clear and released to go home. Next morning I could barely talk and was having chest pains. I was sent back to the ER. I have been having chest pains since this happen (09.2010). My doctor has sent me to a heart specialist and he said my heart is fine. I've had stress tests. Now all I'm getting is that I'm having panic attacks. This just does not feel like panic attacks to me. I have chest pains after any type of medicine I take. Sometimes during my sleep I can't swallow which is very scary. In researching my symptoms I found out that TBI (head injuries) can affect the lungs. On 04.2011 I was hit in the back of the head by a student. I also had 2 head injuries in 2008. I've had three concussions in three years.
I found this information on the Neuroscience website:
Following injury, an inflammatory cascade occurs involving a molecule HMGB1, which is released into the blood stream following head trauma. From there, HMGB1 travels to the lung, where it can attach to its receptor, known as RAGE.
“The lungs have an abundance of the RAGE, so they are particularly susceptible to this inflammatory process after head trauma,” Dr. Weber said.
Any information on TBI affects on Lung damage would be greatly appreciated.