For something that i've never heard until a year ago i have noticed more and more people who have had a Pneumothorax, and was just wondering if any of you guys have had the same problem.
I had about four different Spontaneous Pneumothoraxs which pretty much just means a hole in your lung. They were always on my left side and each time caused about a 30 to 40 percent collapse of the lung. I always knew when they happened cause to anyone else its happened to you know the pain its very unique. Other then hurting like hell they always made me short of breath and just in general made me very worn out. After the third time my doctor made me go to a specialist to get a Pleurodesis surgery which is where they get rid of your Pleural space essentially attaching your lung to the inside of your chest with scar tissue. I had both a Chemical, where they inject chemicals like talc to irritate the tissue to get scar tissue to form, and Mechanical, where they use something similar to sandpaper and cause the tissue to inflame.
The surgery was painful as hell i ended up getting dilaudid through IV every four hours and a dilaudid pill every six hours on top of that. So besides all the pain it was actually kinda of interesting cause i was out of my mind from the drugs lol especially when they give me phenogrin i become completely delusional.
The worst part of the whole things was when they had to remove my chest tube. They pretty much just count to three then pull it right out. Which im a small guy and that tube was at least a guy six inches in my chest so once they pulled it out i could feel everything shifting back in place. Still sends shivers down my spine thinking about.. It also caused me to go into shock from the pain, but bear in mind it was time for my IV right after that but i was still on the pill.
Also i ended up having to get cathetered twice because after the first time i still couldn't go to the bathroom.. Hurts much more the second time around by the way lol.
Overall it was an experience never want to do it again but i'll never forget it thats for sure.